Global Music/Dance Traditions: Sri Lanka

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Global Music/Dance Traditions

Spring 2023

Taught By: Naomi Sturm-Wijesinghe

Section: AX

CRN: 11627

Credits: 4

Students in this course will learn about the vital music and dance traditions that thrive in and among New York's Sri Lankan immigrant community, while gaining first-hand experience with the work of cultural institutions through the New School’s long-standing collaboration with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD). The course will examine traditional cultural expressions reflecting Sri Lanka’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious diversity—including Sinhalese, Tamil, Burgher, and Muslim populations—and how these traditions can serve as platforms for social change in a postwar diasporic milieu. Students will get hands-on experience working with community members on the organization of a public program and, if possible given health and safety protocols, a community walking tour that includes visits to the Sri Lankan Art and Culture Museum and Lakruwana Restaurant on Staten Island. By engaging with methodologies used in public folklore and applied ethnomusicology for program planning, development, and documentation, students will get a taste of contemporary cultural sustainability work, and how it intersects with broader issues of immigration, multiculturalism, representation, and social transformation. The course will culminate with a final event to be held at the New School and the production of documentary video clips based on ethnographic interviews with guest artists.

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College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:22pm 8/16/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 500

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/9/2023