Elizabeth Matsushita

 Elizabeth Matsushita

Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
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Research Interests

  • Egypt and North Africa
  • French Empire
  • Colonial Knowledge Production
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Music

Research Description

My dissertation focuses on musicology and musical policy in colonial Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria, and their connections to race, ethnicity, gender, colonial ideology, and anti-colonial disruptions. Specifically, I look at how the French constructed the North African racial and ethnic landscape via the study and representation of its musical genres and, in turn, how projects of knowledge production, preservation, and renovation in indigenous music bolstered colonial narratives and supported the exercise of colonial power. I also investigate the disruptions that occurred when North African subjects refused to "fit" these narratives or, indeed, when they themselves participated in musical and musicological projects that spoke against or circumvented colonial knowledge.

Education

  • B.A. Music Theory and Composition, University of California, Davis, 2007
  • M.A. History, San Francisco State University, 2011

Grants

  • Fulbright IIE Grant, Morocco, Spring-Summer 2018
  • Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant, Summer 2017
  • AIMS Jeanne Jeffers Mrad Graduate Student Travel Award, Fall 2017
  • American Research Center in Egypt Fellow, 2016-2017 (declined)
  • Bastian Transnational Fellow, Summer 2014
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellow, Center for Global Studies (Arabic), 2013-2014 and 2015-2016
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellow, European Union Center (Arabic), 2014-2015

Courses

  • HIST 100: Global History (Teaching Assistant), Fall 2017

Selected Publications

Reviews

Ottoman Women in Public Space (Brill 2016). edited by Kate Fleet, edited by Ebru Boyar. Journal for the Society for Contemporary Thought & the Islamicate World Edited by Kate Fleet, Edited by Ebru Boyar, 2016.

Journal Articles

Alexandrine Tinné, Risk Taker, Desert Explorer Equals 1 2013, p. 59-62.
Matsushita, Elizabeth Fiction, Ideology, and Identity: Medieval Christian Depictions of the Muslim East Ex Post Facto 19 2010, p. 117-130.