2021 Music & Culture Graduate Symposium


Dr. Karen Fournier

Karen Fournier is on the faculty at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, where she is an Associate Professor of Music Theory and the School’s Director of Research. She works primarily in the area of popular culture and has published the only book-length study of the music of Alanis Morissette. She has also contributed articles on various aspects of the British punk movement, most recently to Media Narratives in Popular Culture (ed. Chris Anderton), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis (eds. Lori Burns and Stan Hawkins), Finding God in the Devil’s Music: Critical Essays on Rock and Religion (ed. Alex Diblasi), and Beyond ‘No Future’: Cultures of German Punk (eds. Mirko Hall, Seth Howes, and Cyrus Shahan). At the moment, she is completing an essay on trans performers in the New York punk scene, to be at the end of the year in Writing HerStories: Women’s Rock Memoirs. Fournier is also putting the final edits on her second book, on the contributions of women to British punk. She is a proud Ottawa native who graduated with a BA (History) from Carleton University back when punk was still in its infancy!

Dr. Philip Ewell

Philip Ewell is an Associate Professor of Music Theory at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he serves as Director of Graduate Studies in the music department. His specialties include Russian music and music theory, Russian opera, modal theory, and critical-race studies. He received the 2019–2020 “Presidential Award for Excellence in Creative Work” at Hunter College, and he is the “Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellow” of the American Council of Learned Societies for 2020–2021. In August 2020 he received the “Graduate Center Award for Excellence in Mentoring,” which recognized his “ongoing, long-term, commitment to students at all stages of graduate research.” He is also a “Virtual Scholar in Residence” at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music for 2020–2021. As a result of his ACLS award, he is currently working on a monograph—to be published by the “Music and Social Justice” series at the University of Michigan Press—combining race and feminist studies with music and music theory. Finally, he is under contract at W.W. Norton to coauthor a new music theory textbook, “The Practicing Music Theorist,” which will be a modernized, reframed, and inclusive textbook based on recent developments in music theory pedagogy.



Please note: All conference proceedings will take place via the following Zoom link. Should there be an interruption with the connection at any point, please rejoin the meeting and wait to be readmitted.

Zoom Link:      https://zoom.us/j/98377418056?pwd=akg5RW02ank0ZVpCR0ZUZVNyNUZIUT09

Meeting ID:     983 7741 8056

Passcode:        304952


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