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Lila Ellen Gray

Title Assistant Professor
Department Music
Email leg2114@columbia.edu
Phone +1 212 854 7183
Address 802 Dodge Hall
Mail Code: 1815
United States

Lila Ellen Gray (PhD, Cultural Anthropology, Duke) joined the Columbia faculty in 2005. Her research interests include: place, gender, poetics, performance, vocality, fado, urban cultural studies and the anthropology/ethnomusicology of Europe. She is currently working on a book based on ethnographic work on amateur fado performance in contemporary Lisbon (Resounding History: Politics of the Soul in Lisbon's Fado) for publication by Duke University Press. She has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Luso-American Foundation and the Council for European Studies.

Selected Publications:

2007 Gray, Lila Ellen. “Memories of Empire, Mythologies of the Soul: Fado Performance and the Shaping of Saudade.” Ethnomusicology 51 (1): 106-130.

(Forthcoming) Gray, Lila Ellen. “The ‘country’ in the city, the ‘country’ as city: fado’s city.” In Aaron Fox and C. Yano Eds. Songs out of Place: Global Country. Durham: Duke University Press.

(Forthcoming) Gray, Lila Ellen. “Fado Taxonomies, Fado Genres, Fado Fado: Toward an Anthropology of Fado Genre.” In Salwa Castelo-Branco and R. Nery Eds. Fado: Percursos e Perspectivas. Lisbon: Museu do Fado.

2007 Gray, Lila Ellen. Review of Performing Folklore: Ranchos Folclóricos from Lisbon to Newark by Kimberly DaCosta Holton (Indiana University Press 2005). ellipsis: The Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association 5: 168-171.

2004 Gray, L. Ellen. “Recent Recording Releases: A Review Essay.” World of Music 46: 3.

(Forthcoming) Gray, Lila Ellen. Resounding History: Politics of the Soul in Lisbon’s Fado. (working title). Under Contract. Duke University Press.