Gray, Lila Ellen

Lila Ellen Gray
Associate Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology)
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Lila Ellen Gray joined the Columbia faculty in 2005. Her research interests include:  affect, gender, poetics, post-colonialism, performance, vocality, fado, urban cultural studies and the anthropology/ethnomusicology of Europe. Her book, Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life (2013, Duke University Press), ethnographically examines the efficacies of musical genre in shaping affective subjects and imaginaries of history in the post-colonial metropole of Lisbon. It draws on research conducted with amateur fado musicians, fadistas, communities of listeners, poets, fans, and cultural brokers in Lisbon during the first decade of the twenty-first century.  She is currently working on a theoretical project on sound and affect and on an ethnographic project which examines responses to the financial crisis in Portugal/Iberia in expressive culture. She has received fellowships from the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, the Social Science Research Council, the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University, the Luso-American Foundation and the Council for European Studies.