Hello, and welcome to my home page. I am an (ethno)musicologist
and cultural anthropologist. I received the Ph.D. in anthropology
from the University of Texas at Austin in May 1997, and currently
hold the position of Professor of Music in the Grieg Academy - Department of Music at
the University of Bergen in Norway.
The foci of my early research were the anthropology of the arts and the anthropology of place. My first major field work project was on musical imaginations of ecology, place and identity in highland Bolivia. This work draws on theory and methods of cultural and linguistic anthropology, ethnomusicology, and folklore. The results of this research are written up in my dissertation, available from University Microfilms International. For ordering information and to see my dissertation abstract, click here.
My more recent research focuses on several aspects of popular music
in Turkey, including Turkey's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest and Turkish rap music and hip-hop youth culture. I have presented some of this research in publications and conference papers
listed on my CV.
New projects under development include work on music and race in American cartoons, music and multiculturalism in Norway, and music and postcolonialism.
Also at this site are a number of pages with images and text about my research among the Chayantaka people of Bolivia. There is a page with a map showing the location of Chayantaka territory, a page with photos of landscapes and people engaged in agricultural work, a page about my field work, and pages about language and musical performance.
Comments about this site are most welcome. Please send them to the e-mail address below.
All text and graphics at this web site are © 2013 Thomas
Last updated 7 December 2013