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Jews, Music, and Modernity in Buenos Aires

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Jews, Music, and Modernity in Buenos Aires


Mar 8, 2018
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Since 1994, “Jewish music” has emerged as an important yet ambiguous mode of cultural expression in Argentina, making audible Jewish history in Latin America and affirming a contemporary Jewish presence in the region. This lecture explores the intersection of practices of cultural renewal and the uses of memory as a Jewish musical resource in public and private spaces in Buenos Aires.

This lecture is sponsored by The Jewish Music Forum, The Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music, The Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music, and UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies

Lillian M. Wohl is the UCLA Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music Post-Doctoral Fellow. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago in 2015. Her current book project, From Memory: Music, Temporality, and the Performance of the Past in Jewish Buenos Aires is an ethnographic and historical examination of the sound worlds of Jewish life in Argentina since the 1990s.

Her research has been supported by the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Department of Music at the University of Chicago, as well as the Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Center for Jewish History. She served as Visiting Assistant Professor at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (2014–2017), as Executive Director of the Jewish Music Forum (2015–2017), and as co-Chair of the Jewish Music Special Interest Group of the Society for Ethnomusicology (2015–2017). Dr. Wohl is a member of the Advisory Board of the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society and has two essays published in volumes by Brill.