Sidra Lawrence

Sidra Lawrence 102746

  • Position: Associate Professor (ethnomusicology)
  • Phone: 419-372-9481
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  • Address: 2131 Moore Musical Arts Center

Sidra Lawrence is an associate 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, Everyday Solidarities: African Feminism and Sonic Intimacy, (forthcoming) 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 co-editing a collected volume (Tensions of Desire: Sounding Entanglements of the Erotic, Trauma, and the Intimate) that addresses the entangled nature of intimacy, erotics, and trauma. Her chapter in this volume explores sonic memories of trauma and their relationship to how audibility and inaudibility operate within the United States justice system. She has publications in Ethnomusicology, African Music, Africa TodayThe Senses and Society, and The Latin American Music Review. She also has a chapter included in the recent volume, Ethnopornography: Sexuality, Colonialism, and Archival Knowledge (Duke University Press 2020). 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.

Updated: 01/22/2021 05:10PM