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ERIC Number: EJ1071996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Unsettling Binary Thinking: Tracing an Analytic Trajectory of the Place of Indigenous Musical Knowledge in the Academy
Hess, Juliet
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v14 n2 p54-84 Aug 2015
Six years ago, I wrote a composition about the state of indigenous music in the academy with an accompanying research paper. In this work, I attempted to trace the presence of indigenous music in the institution both musically and through an anti-colonial lens. The writing was structured around three musical snapshots entitled Subjugation, Cognitive Dissonance, and Recognition that represented what I saw as the present and future trajectory of indigenous musical knowledges in the academy. The accompanying paper wrestled theoretically with the same concepts the music represented. At the time, I was ambivalent about the work, but did not have a sophisticated enough theoretical understanding to articulate the reasons. Presently, I better understand my discomfort with the work. In this paper, I reflect on my binary thinking of six years ago, the changes in my thinking, the reasons for those changes, and my analysis of these issues presently.
MayDay Group. Brandon University School of Music, 270 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A9, Canada. Tel: 204-571-8990; Fax: 204-727-7318; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto); Ghana
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