Oliver Shao – Fall 2016


The Fall 2016 GPSG travel award enabled me to attend the 2016 Society for Ethnomusicology conference in Washington DC where I was able to raise my profile on the academic job market, to advance my intellectual development, and to strengthen my professional capacity to mobilize my research in matters of music and forced migration.  My attendance at SEM enabled me to meet with publishers and to network with likeminded scholars to discuss possibilities for conducting collaborative research, to share insights for teaching service-learning classes, and to discuss strategies for making policy interventions in a manner that I hope will help alleviate the difficult conditions that typically accompany forced migration.

-Oliver Shao