Elizabeth Bynum

Bio

As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, I conducted fieldwork at the Gnaoua and World Music Festival in Essaouira, Morocco. Through that project, I asked how festival organizers reimagine Morocco’s relationship with other regions in Africa and connect Gnaoua music to its sub-Saharan roots. As a joint PhD student in Music and Anthropology, my research initially focused on questions of musical preservation in Mexico, but preliminary work in Mexico City has led me to pursue a dissertation project that takes the sonic as an entrypoint to study urban life in Mexico City.

Education

BA University of Chicago, 2015 

Research Interests

ethnomusicology, sound studies, environmental anthropology

Graduate Status