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Brigid Cohen
New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)

Fellowships for University Teachers
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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2015

Musical Migration and the Global City: New York, 1947-1965

This book is both a study of interdisciplinary avant-gardes and an exploration of migration and citizenship in the early Cold War, with a focus on New York as a center of transnational exchange. After World War II, New York's musical communities sustained a concentration of uprooted thinkers who confronted questions about citizenship, plurality, empire, commerce, and national violence. This study orients itself around key musical figures in these debates who helped to secure creative exchanges across the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Three experimentalists serve as exemplary cases: Egyptian-born electronic and concert-music composer Halim El-Dabh (b. 1921), jazz composer Charles Mingus (1922-1979), and performance artist Yoko Ono (b. 1933)--alongside many other musicians and artists with whom they were connected. This book is the first study to explore a full range of musical avant-gardes as constituted by, and critically responsive to, post-war processes of globalization.