Subject: ACMS Speaker Series : Andrew Colwell 5:30 PM, Tuesday - November 11st, 2014, American Corner, Ulaanbaatar public library

Reminder: tomorrow's Speaker Series Presentation

Speaker: Andrew Colwell, Doctoral Candidate, Wesleyan University 

5:30 PM, Tuesday - November 11th, 2014, American Corner, Ulaanbaatar public library
Amazing opportunity to learn about Mongolian Traditional Music                                    
Mongol xöömií, or what English speakers label “throat-singing,” has become Mongolia’s most iconic sonic symbol among foreign publics thanks to the cultural activism and innovative performance of key practitioners from Xovd province’s Chandman’ district, starting in the 1950s. 

As numerous scholarly or popular histories of the vocal practice’s “cultural development” relate, these efforts are primarily responsible for rendering xöömií a socialist “people’s art” and then later a democratic “cultural heritage.” But less acknowledged are the practices of herders elsewhere in Mongolia who have escaped the cultural spotlight due to geographic isolation, intentional neglect, or even government suppression. 

Relying upon recent critical publications and my own ongoing dissertation research, this lecture traces the implications of their compelling absences and intriguing presences, which persist in archival records, elders’ recollections, and the sounding of a melodious river called Eev
American Center for Mongolian Studies, 642 Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
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