Dr. Kristina Jacobsen presents Songwriting as Ethnographic Practice: Case Studies from Sardenia, Italy


Start Date: Sep 04, 2020 - 03:00pm

Location: Presented Via Zoom

As part of the UNM Honors College Discovery Speakers Series, on Friday, September 4 at 3 pm, Dr. Kristina Jacobsen will present her talk Songwriting as Ethnographic Practice: Case Studies from Sardenia, Italy  via Zoom. Register for the event here   Meeting ID: 917 2728 7845

In her interactive presentation, Dr. Jacobsen, an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology (Ethnology) at UNM, will present on her research in Sardinia, Italy, as a US-Italy Fulbright Scholar (2019-2020), discussing her ethnographic fieldwork learning the Sardinian language, writing songs with interlocutors in the field, and the research method she calls “ethnographic songwriting” for her forthcoming book, Sing Me Back Home: Songwriting, Sardinian Language Reclamation and Italian Colonialism. She will discuss how this research shifted once the COVID-19 lockdown began in Italy and reflect on ways in which we might continue to engage in creative fieldwork and research methodologies, remotely. She will share a sampling of the original songs written to accompany the book, and participants will then be guided through some brief creative writing exercises, inspired by prompts used in Dr. Jacobsen’s fieldwork in Sardinia, as a way to think about how writing songs, poems and stories collaboratively with others can give us unique windows into our research.