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First 21st Century Fellow and Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund Winner

Francesca Inglese, one of our graduate students in Ethnomusicology, has just been named the inaugural recipient of the Society for Ethnomusicology's 21st Century Fellowship. The award, a newly-endowed grant, is designed "To further excellence in ethnomusicological research through support to highly qualified Ph.D. students for dissertation fieldwork."

In addition to this prestigious fellowship, Francesca was also recently awarded a fieldwork grant from the Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund in support of her dissertation research in Cape Town, South Africa.

Francesca's dissertation, entitled "Coloured Moves and Klopse Beats: Embodying Contested Subjectivities in Cape Town, South Africa" investigates the music and dance practices, public parades, and youth development projects of minstrel troupes in Cape Town in relation to questions of coloured subjectivity, urban spatial politics, and corporeal knowledge in post-apartheid South Africa.