This event is for graduate students and faculty in Music. Guest speakers Birgit Berg and Bradley Hansen, two alumni from our Ethnomusicology PhD program, and Damien Mahiet, Associate Director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and Lecturer in the Humanities, join us to discuss career paths for music scholars.
About the guest speakers
Birgit Berg has an extensive background in international media marketing including specialized knowledge of Asian media markets. She is currently the Operations Manager of the Business Development team at the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). She oversees the day-to-day activities of a global marketing team working to promote and place the TV, Radio, and Digital content of five media houses on commercial media stations in foreign markets. Birgit has also served as the Regional Director of Marketing for the USAGM’s East Asia/Pacific Office of Marketing in Bangkok, Thailand, where she was responsible for the promotion and placement of Voice of America and Radio Free Asia programming on media stations across Asia. She began her public service career as a Presidential Management Fellow, after completing a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Brown University. Birgit’s Ph.D. work focused on Islamic expressive culture in Indonesia.
Dr. Bradley Hanson joined the Tennessee Arts Commission as Director of Folklife in January 2015. An ethnomusicologist and folklorist, he previously worked as a cultural interpreter for the Tennessee State Parks and the Friends of the Cumberland Trail. As part of the Cumberland Trail Music and Heritage project, his efforts included field research, archival management, interpretive writing, and record and radio production centered on regional culture and folklife.
He has also collaborated on programming, preservation, and documentary projects with Humanities Tennessee, Campbell Cultural Coalition, Jubilee Community Arts and the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound. In 2011, he was given the Blanton Owen Fund Award from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to support his fieldwork with bluegrass, country and gospel musicians in East Tennessee.
He graduated from Brown University with a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology in May 2014. His dissertation, Tuned Our Way: Music, Memory, and Heritage in East Tennessee, is currently being revised for publication by the University of Illinois Press.
Damien Mahiet is Associate Director of the Cogut Institute and Lecturer in Humanities. He provides administrative support for the Collaborative Humanities Initiative and Doctoral Certificate as well as the Institute’s communications and programs. His interests lie at the intersection of several disciplines, in the ways musical ideas and practices inform political thought and regimes in Europe and the United States. One particular focus of his research has been the diplomatic invention of the Concert of Nations. Trained in political thought (MA Sciences Po Paris) and musicology (PhD Cornell University), he was a fellow at Harvard University’s Mahindra Humanities Center in 2012–2013. His work has appeared in Eighteenth-Century Music, 19th-Century Music, Dance Research, History of European Ideas, and the Journal of International Political Theory. He co-edited L’Institution musicale (Delatour, 2011) and Music and Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He serves as a review editor of the H-Diplo network.