Conference presentations

Upcoming presentations

Past invited talks

Past conference presentations

  • “Protest through Nostalgia: Evocation of Childhood in Antinuclear Songs of Post-Fukushima Japan.”
    • International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Executive Conference, Sao Paolo, June–July 2015. 
  • “Atoms for Cuteness: Visualizing the Nuclear Past and Present through Children’s Culture.” 
    • Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, March 2015. 
    • American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, December 2014. 
  • “A Typology of Intertextuality in Protest Songs.”
    • Intertextuality in Music Since 1900 Conference, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, March 2015. 
  • “Nuclear Childhoods: Nuclear Characters and the Antinuclear Movement.” 
    • Child’s Play: Multisensory History of Children and Childhoods in Japan and Beyond. University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, February 27–28, 2015. 
  • “Urban Geography, Soundscape, and the Performance of Japanese Antinuclear Demonstrations.”
    • Hearing Landscape Critically Conference, Harvard University, January 2015.  
    • American Anthropological Association, December 2014.
  • “Music in the Japanese Antinuclear Movement: Four Spaces, Four Tactics.”
    • Korea/Japan Music Symposium, Columbia University, November 21, 2014.
  • “Music in the Japanese Antinuclear Movement: Four Spaces, Four Tactics.”
    • Columbia University, November 2014.
  • "Countering spirals of silence: protest music and the anonymity of cyberspace in the Japanese antinuclear movement"
    • Society of Ethnomusicology, Pittsburgh, November 2014.
  • "Rock Under Censorship: Allegories, Metaphors, and Obfuscation in Antinuclear Records from Post-Fukushima Japan." 
    • AMS/SMT Joint Annual Conference, Milwaukee, November 2014.
    • Asian Studies Conference Japan, June 2014.
    • American Anthropological Association Conference, October 2013.
    • Society for Ethnomusicology Conference, October 2013.
      • Chair, "Raising Voices, Reclaiming Spaces: Antinuclear Soundscapes in Contemporary Japan and Korea."
    • Society for Social Studies of Science Conference, October 2013.
  • "Music in the Antinuclear Movement Post-Fukushima." 
    • Build a Bridge:Popular Music(s), Collectivities and Social Movements, IASPM International Biennial Conference, Gijón, Spain, June 24-28, 2013.
  • "Spaces of Protest: Tailoring Messaging Techniques in Antinuclear Protest Music Since Fukushima." 
    • Changing the tune: Popular music and politics in the XXIst century, University of Strasbourg, France, June 7-8, 2013.
  • "Representing Japan: Japanese Hip-Hop DJs, the Global Stage, and the Concept of a 'National' Style."
    • Asian Studies Conference Japan, Tokyo, June 30, 2012. Abstract (see p. 36)
    • Society for Ethnomusicology, Los Angeles, November 11–14, 2010.
      • Organizer and Chair, "Transcultural Soundscapes, Representations of Nation, and Interracial Performance in Japanese Popular Music." 
  • Respondent, Special Session on Concert Music in Japan. 
    • Society for Music Theory, Indianapolis, November 4–7, 2010.
  •  “A Mulata’s Memory: Musical Mestizaje in the Characterization of Femme Fatales in Cuban Zarzuelas” 
Use of devices from Verdi, particularly La Traviata, and Afro-Cuban techniques in depicting mixed-blooded heroines (mulatas) in Cuban musical theater. Social reasons for fascination with mulatas.
  • “Lovers and Rulers, the Real and the Surreal: Harmonic Metaphors in Silvio Rodríguez’s Songs” 
Discusses the Cuban trovador’s  use of certain harmonic devices to depict affects in four stages of his career. 


Ongoing project examining the impact of cell phone and internet technologies on record companies, consumer behavior, and the music market.

The Cuban son as interpreted by Guillén, then reinterpreted by three Cuban composers in the 1930s. 

  • "Germont Uproots a Flower: Changing Colors in La Traviata.” 
Violetta-Germont duet as a turning point in keys and motives in the Verdi opera.

  • “Globalization and Japanese Creativity: Adaptation of Japanese Language to Rap.” 

Analyzes the interaction of Japanese prosody, rhythms, and rhymes in rap.


Revised version following field work in Japan:


Earlier versions:

    • MIDSEM, March, 2005, Bowling Green, OH.
    • MACSEM, March, 2005, College Park, MD. 

  • “Caracterización musical de femme fatales mestizas en las zarzuelas cubanas.” 
  • “Don Giovanni’s Elvira: Analysis of the Evolution of a Mezzo Carattere”

Discusses the evolution of the tragicomic aspects of Elvira character from the Molière play to the Bertati-Gazzaniga opera to the Da Ponte-Mozart masterpiece, as expressed in the drama and the music.