Elizabeth Bynum

Third Year Joint Graduate Student in Ethnomusicology and Anthropology
Room 103, Lerner Music Building

Elizabeth Bynum is a third-year PhD student in Music and Anthropology. As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, Elizabeth conducted fieldwork at the Gnaoua and World Music Festival in Essaouira, Morocco. Through that project, she asked how festival organizers reimagine Morocco’s relationship with other regions in Africa and connect Gnaoua music to its sub-Saharan roots. In graduate school, her research interests have focused on questions of musical preservation in Mexico. Pursuing a joint PhD in Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology, her dissertation builds on that interest by exploring the conceptual and practical links between environmental and music/cultural conservation in Mexico City to understand how these distinct fields construct value.