Position: Assistant Professor (ethnomusicology)
Address: 2131 Moore Musical Arts Center
Sidra Lawrence is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University. She received a PhD in Ethnomusicology and a doctoral portfolio in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research, based on ethnographic work in the border region of Ghana and Burkina Faso, explores the connections between racialized gender ideologies, musical performance, and the sexed body. In her book manuscript, this animal called culture: Performing Feminism and the Politics of Everyday Solidarities, Lawrence investigates ways in which women are regulated through the mobilization of cultural authenticity. Focusing on micro-narratives of empowerment, she argues for a re-theorization of resistance that prioritizes the everyday actions, artistic pursuits, and modes of communication that women employ in order to re-imagine feminist coalition building and an indigenous politics of solidarity. She is also editing a volume on the connections between the erotic, ethnography, and sound, in The Erotic Life of Soundand Movement: Recasting Ethnographic Experience in Africa and the Diaspora. She is currently working on a project that connects African studies, critical geography and media studies in Ouagadougou. Her work has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the West African Research Association. She has received awards for her presentations from the Society for Ethnomusicology African Music Section, and the Section on the Status of Women. She has publications in African Music, the Latin American Music Review, and Ethnomusicology, and forthcoming in The Senses and Society.