Doctoral Colloquium (Music): Beverley Diamond (Memorial University)


Strathcona Music Building C-201, 555 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1E3, CA

The Doctoral Colloquium is open to all.  

Doctoral students (Music) for whom attendance is required must sign the attendance sheet at the colloquium.


Beverley Diamond (Memorial University)

Music, Trauma and Memory In and After Canada's Indian Residential Schools

Beverley Diamond was the first Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she established and directed the Research Centre for the study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP) from 2003-2015. In collaboration with communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as other parts of Canada, she published the Back on Track CD series that made archival material available together with extensive documentation. She also organized many symposia, concerts and international conferences.

Diamond is known for her research on gender issues, Canadian historiography, and Indigenous music cultures. Her research on indigenous music has ranged from studies of traditional Inuit and First Nations song traditions and Saami joik, to indigenous audio recording, traditional protocols for access and ownership, and, most recently, expressive culture in relation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools in Canada. Most recently she co-edited Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada: Echoes and Exchanges (McGill-Queen's UP, 2012) which received a choice Academic Book award. Among her other publications are Native American Music in Eastern North America (OUP, 2008) and Music and Gender (co-edited, U Illinois P, 2000).

Active in the development of ethnomusicology in Canada at Queen's University, York University as well as Memorial University, she has been recognized for moving Canadian music studies in new directions and mentoring a generation of scholars who have greatly expanded the histories of cultural diversity and studies of music's employ in relation to social justice issues. Diamond served as the President of the Society for Ethnomusicology from 2013-15. She was elected to the royal Society of Canada in 2008, named a Trudeau Fellow (2009-2012), and a Member of the Order of Canada (2013). In 2014, she was awarded the Gold Medal by the social Sciences and humanities Research Council of Canada, their highest honour in recognition of the quality and impact of her work.