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I Am A Naughty Ethnomusicologist

Having just finished a bibliography for a term paper for the I.N.P.O.D.'s class, I'm feeling vaguely naughty. The class is designed primarily for a general music audience, who have probably not gone through Ethnobibliography. So the I.N.P.O.D. has put together a checklist of bibliography and database sources that we have to go through and check off when putting our term paper bibliography together. It's geographically designed -- look for the New Grove article on "your country," look in area bibliographies, check out the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music by country, that sort of thing. Problem is, I'm doing my paper on a particular Jewish community. Jews, being a transnational group (like the Romany), don't show up in geographically oriented sources. You don't look up Jews by country -- an book on Indian music probably won't mention the Jews of India. On the other hand, if you bypass the area bibliographies and go straight to the Jewish bibliographies, you find not only the Jews of India, but the specific Jewish community in India that this term paper will cover. So I have over thirty sources in my bibliography and a lot of big fat goose eggs on my checklist. One day, I will wean the I.N.P.O.D. of this geography kick she's on.

In the meantime, we're learning about the music of south central Uganda today. We have this handout that gives basic information:
Country: Uganda
Ethnic Group: Baganda (Muganda, singular)
Language: Luganda
Place: Buganda

Very important information, says the I.N.P.O.D. Tells you something about the culture and the language structure, specifically that prefixes are important. This is all true. But I will be very naughty and admit that it also makes me giggle.


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Oct. 3rd, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
This I.N.P.O.D. creature sounds...singularly annoying to work under.
Oct. 3rd, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
Less so than you'd think. She is an extremely exacting professor, and Ethnobibliography was sixteen weeks of pure pain. However, she is a great person to work with individually -- as a thesis advisor, she turns out to be surprisingly accessible.

But, yes, the exacting-ness can be irritating at times.
Oct. 3rd, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
You are the very model of a naughty 'musicologist,
With information national and regional all sadly missed
Instead you bypass Grove and quote the Jewish bibliographies
With thirty thorough sources mad professors you can surely tease

You're very well acquainted with the value of the prefixes
Uganda and Buganda and Luganda and their suffixes
'Bout culture and the language you are teeming with a lot o' news
With many cheerful facts about the music of the Jews.

With many cheerful facts about the music of the Jews
With many cheerful facts about the music of the Jews
With many cheerful facts about the music of the Jews

Apologies to all and sundry.
Oct. 3rd, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
Bwa ha ha ha ha! Priceless! I love it!
Oct. 3rd, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oct. 3rd, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
Once again, my hat is off to you Bodkin. This is pure genius. I've been chuckling away to myself since I came across it. I will, however, be cursing you when I can't get it out of my head in the middle of the night...

Hey, did you get to see the eclipse today? It was too cloudy here :-/
Oct. 4th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
Eclipse? What eclipse? I don't even remember hearing it mentioned! So no - even if it was visible - and I don't think it would have been - I didn't get to see it.

(The talent is attributable to WS Gilbert - Pinafore, isn't it? Or the Pirates of Penzance? And ever since I pressed post I've been thinking how bad it is! And how some lines are missing syllables - but that what you get when acting on impulse!)
Oct. 4th, 2005 07:01 am (UTC)
That was me, Bodkin, sneaking onto another computer and thus not logged in. If you hadn't guessed.

And just asked to confirm I'm human. Am I? I'm not sure!
Oct. 4th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
There was a solar eclipse, of the annular (rather than total) sort, but it wasn't visible in the U.S. The best viewing was on the Iberian peninsular, but it could also be seen, at least partially, in Europe, the Middle East, India, and most of Africa.

So, Dot (in Ireland, right?), tell us what we missed.
Oct. 5th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
So, Dot (in Ireland, right?), tell us what we missed.

Oops, sorry - just saw your comment!

I didn't get to see the eclipse because it was too cloudy... :-/ Well, I was at work anyway so could have only popped out for a look but there were a lot of disappointed people in the Phoenix Park in Dublin where they'd all gathered to see it. Cloud covered the entire country that day!! I think it was too overcast in Britain as well. All the pictures of it on the front of our newspapers were taken in Spain. It looked spectacular. Oh well, maybe in 2090 if I start taking the anti-aging pills now ;-)

I love your icon, by the way. Very Halloween-y :-)

Oct. 7th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
Oh, isn't that just the way? Missed the big summer meteor shower (Perseids??) for the same reason, but at least they come around every year.

Thanks! I picked the icon for its Halloweeny quality--and because I love cats.
Oct. 4th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
No apologies necessary, bodkin. This is wonderful--and a very classy salute to Pony. (I actually rather like it when our Pony is wicked.)
Oct. 3rd, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
Having once experienced a semester of a class called Bibliographical Information Resources, I’m really not envying you! Even if it was a good way to get our class to bond as we sweated and cheated in the library for “bibliographic searching” exercises. Although, I remember your monster bibliography, which sounded like the project from hell so anything else must be a doddle to you ;-) Do wean her off the geography kick. That’s weird. Surely there are others who can’t use geographical sources. And you’re her pet!

I’m so glad she’s turning out to be a good thesis advisor!

…specifically that prefixes are important. LOL!! She’s paid a lot of money for insightful remarks like that, y’know :-D
Oct. 3rd, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
I can only imagine the hell that real library students go through. Two research methods classes were enough for me!

Actually, this bibliography was kind of a doddle for me. Here I was, looking at the same damn sources to make the same damn bibliography in the same damn format for the same damn professor. It was like I was back in second semester last year, in some weird time warp. Only the pressure was much less, because this one a) didn't have to be annotated, and b) you didn't have to produce the books in class right away.
Oct. 3rd, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
specifically that prefixes are important Surely Tolkien would have agreed.. :-)I laughed loud with your tranversal approach. Surely she must be expecting it, though, as she surely knows your field of expertise, yet it is fun to find a twisted approach to an apparently settled subject, isn't it? Hope she agrees, :-)
Oct. 3rd, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she knows my field of expertise, and she knows my topic. The fact that I found thirty print sources and five audiovisual sources will also ease her fears about geographical usage.
Oct. 3rd, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
Ouchies. It's always tough when your subject doesn't fit the source they want you to search.

Perhaps if you reverse engineered it to get the check marks? (Go to the very specific geographic locations listed in the other sources with jewish history, and see if you can't link back to it from there with the source she's insisting you use?)

Oct. 3rd, 2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
I didn't even bother reverse engineering the check marks. I just checked the geographical sources, got bupkis, checked the Jewish sources and got plenty. Speaks for itself, I say.
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