The Secular Enchantments of Ethnomusicology

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Jeffers Engelhardt (Department of Music, Amherst College)

Title: The Secular Enchantments of Ethnomusicology

Date: Thursday 14th April

Time: 5.00 p.m.

Venue: H204, UCD Humanities Institute Seminar Room

This talk examines the relationship of secular epistemologies and forms of modern religious practice in the cultural study of music. Drawing on fieldwork with Orthodox Christians and Pentecostals in Estonia and Kenya, Engelhardt explores ways in which secularity and the enchantments of worship and piety are deeply interdependent. Ultimately, Engelhardt suggests how the disciplinary and epistemological limits of ethnomusicology might contribute to the critical rethinking of secular critique and the project of secularism.

This event is a joint initiative of the UCD Humanities Institute and the UCD School of Music.