Francesca Cassio, professor of music and the Sardani Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology will present a paper at the ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music) Joint Symposium of the Study Group on Music and Minorities and the Study Group on Music and Gender. The symposium will be held July 23-30, 2018, at the Department of Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria.
The title of Professor Cassio’s paper is “Audible Violence. Hear what you cannot see. A postcolonial approach to the music of a religious minority in South Asia, between power and gender relations.” Through the case study of the Sikh religious minority, her paper explores hidden forms of cultural violence and viable strategies for reaffirming the musical identity of underrepresented groups, in the light of resurgent nationalism in India.
This past spring 2018 semester:
Dr. Cassio presented a paper, “New sounds to ancient words? Sikh liturgical chants between orthopraxy and innovation,” at the 1st EuARE (European Academy of Religion) Conference, in Bologna, Italy, on March 7.
The following day she presented a lecture-recital at the Università Statale di Milano titled: “Feminine Voices in Indian Music Culture and Literature.”