Margarethe AdamsMargarethe Adams

Visiting Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology

Margarethe Adams specializes in music, political ideology, and belief in Central Asia, specifically, Kazakhstan and northwest China. She teaches classes examining intersections of music with political ideology, cosmology, and religion, such as Music and Islam; Music of Central Asia and the Middle East; and the Music of China.

Her publications include “The Fiddle’s Voice: Timbre, Musical Learning, and Collaborative Ethnography in Central and Inner Asia,” Collaborative Anthropologies, vol. 6 (forthcoming, 2013). Her current works in progress include an article on the musical and cinematic representation of World War II in Kazakhstan; and a monograph on nationalism, transnational networks, and entertainment in post-Soviet Kazakhstan.

Her next project, a study of music and Islam in Central and Inner Asia, will focus on Muslim pilgrimage and religious healing, particularly addressing the importance of musician shrines in the region.

Margarethe Adams is a recipient of Fulbright-Hays and Social Science Research Council fellowships for her ethnographic doctoral research, and a SSRC Eurasia Program fellowship for dissertation write-up.

B.A. (Russian and Soviet Area Studies), Middlebury College;
M.M. and Ph.D. (Musicology) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign