street art in Taipei taken on my research field trip, 2007
I'm teaching a course this summer at the University of Virginia. The course is titled World Music: Popular Music and Transnationalism. Here's the blurb I've been using to publicize for the course:
MUSI 207 / 307: World Music
Global Pop: Popular music and Transnationalism
Summer Session II 2009: June 09, 2009 - July 07, 2009
This course applies theories of globalization, transnationalism, and postcolonialism to explore the relationship among popular music, identity, and geography. We will read critical interpretations of international and national icons such as Wyclef Jean (US/Haiti), Cibo Matto (US/Japan), Manu Chao (Spain/Latin America), and many others; and historical and ethnographic narratives about Reggaeton, Indonesian punk, Latino/a punk, African hip hop, British Asian dance music, Asian Pop (KPOP, JPOP, CPOP), Muslim American punk (Taqwacore), etc. while analyzing related audio-visual materials.
An in-progress version of the course syllabus is now posted.
It seems kind of strange to "advertise" for a course as if it's a product or a show. But it is my livelihood. Spread the word, please.