Gamelan Girls First Recipient of a Grant from the Bruno Nettl Endowment for Ethnomusicology


The University of Illinois is pleased to announce that Gamelan Girls: Gender, Childhood, and Politics in Balinese Music Ensembles by Sonja Downing has been selected as one of the two first recipients of a grant from the Bruno Nettl Endowment for Ethnomusicology. Thisinternal fund helps ensure the publication of diverse research in musicology and honors internationally renowned musicologist Bruno Nettl, professor emeritus of musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and co-founder of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Gamelan Girls, an ethnographic study of girls’ and mixed-gender ensembles that shows how girls and young women assert their agency within the gamelan learning process to challenge entrenched notions of performance and gender, exemplifies the spirit of the endowment.


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