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Nomi Dave

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Music
Office location and address
Randall 126
30 South Lawn
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Biography

Nomi Dave researches music and aesthetic practices in authoritarian and post-authoritarian regimes. Her work focuses on the Republic of Guinea, and the role of music, voice, emotion and violence in public life. She is currently completing a book, The Revolution’s Echoes: Music, Politics, and Pleasure in Guinea, with the support of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The book examines the legacies of authoritarianism, and the meanings and pleasures that authoritarian aesthetics hold for Guinean citizens. 

Nomi earned her PhD from Oxford University (2012), where she studied music and social anthropology. She has also taught at Duke University, where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Music and Cultural Anthropology. Prior to becoming an ethnomusicologist, she trained as a lawyer and worked in the fields of human rights, immigration, and humanitarian law, in West Africa and the US.

MUSI 2700: Music and Politics
Credits: 3
In this introductory course, we will explore the relationship of music and politics, from state-sponsored propaganda to explicit critique. Our aim is to understand the various ways in which music can be political, and politics can be shaped by music. No prior musical experience is necessary.
MUSI 2993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 3070: Introduction to Musical Ethnography
Credits: 3
Exploration of non-western musical cultures through music-making, movement, listening, and case studies. Issues include how musical and social aesthetics are intertwined, and the connections between style, community, and identity (including issues of race, gender, class, and postcolonial power structures). Field research and ethnographic writing will be the focus of critical inquiry.
LASE 3500: Civic and Community Engagement
Credits: 3
A community engagement curriculum refers to teaching, scholarship & learning that connects faculty, students, & the community in mutually beneficial collaborations. Community engagement improves students' content knowledge, critical thinking, career choice, cultural competency, leadership, & commitment to social change. These classes complement & build on existing course offerings and offer an opportunity to move beyond the classroom.
MUSI 3993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 4523: Issues in Ethnomusicology
Credits: 3
An intensive experience with ethnomusicology and performance studies, this seminar explores musical ethnography (descriptive writing), experiential research, sociomusical processes, and other interdisciplinary approaches to musical performance. Addresses issues involving race, class, gender, and identity politics in light of particular topics and areas studies. Prerequisite: MUSI 3070 or instructor permission.
MUSI 4526: Topics in Ethnomusicology
Credits: 3
Addresses specific issues and cultural areas according to the interests of the students and instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7511: Introduction to Research in Music
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7519: Current Studies in Research and Criticism
Credits: 3
Current Studies in Research and Criticism Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7526: Topics in Ethnomusicology
Credits: 3
Studies the field of ethnomusicology. Specific issues and cultural areas addressed depend on the interests of students and the instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8910: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by first-year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8920: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by first-year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study dealing with a specific topic. Requirements will place primary emphasis on independent research. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
MUSI 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
MUSI 9910: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by second year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9920: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by second year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Preliminary research directed towards a dissertation in consultation with an instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.