Modern Greek Studies Association


Panayotis League

Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature, Harvard University

James A. Notopoulos Fellow, Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature.

Thesis title

Echoes of the Great Catastrophe: Re-Sounding Anatolian Greekness in Diaspora

Degrees

PhD in Ethnomusicology, Harvard University, 2017

MA in Ethnomusicology, Boston University, 2012

BA in Classics and Modern Greek Studies, Hellenic College, 2008

Principal Publications

Book-length translations:

Nikolaos Nitsos. Tales, Rituals, and Songs: Exploring the Unknown Popular Culture of a Greek Mountain Village. Brookline: Holy Cross Press. 2015.

Journal articles:

“Grooving Heavy, Dancing Drunk: Mimetic Metaphors in Anatolian Greek Music.” Under review for Ethnomusicology.

“The Poetics of Meráki: Dialogue and Speech Genre in Kalymnian Song.” In Journal of Modern Greek Studies Volume 34, Number 2: 367-98. 2016.

“Genealogies of Sense and Sound: Home Recordings and Greek-American Identity.” In Journal of Greek Media and Culture Volume 2, Issue 1: 29-48. 2016.

“Polkas in Paraíba: The Many Lives of the Brazilian Button Accordion,” in ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America: Music. Winter 2016, David Rockefeller Center for the Study of Latin America, 60-63. 2016.

“São João in Campina Grande: Forró, Festival, and Collective Intimacy,” in ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America: Fiestas! Spring 2014, David Rockefeller Center for the Study of Latin America, 34-36. 2014.

Book chapters:

“Mimesis, Mockery, and the Middle Space on Contemporary Lesvos.” In Music and Memory in the Ancient Mediterranean, ed. Naomi Weiss and Lauren Curtis. Under review.

“Stretching Time in the Greek Aegean.” In The Oxford Handbook of Time in Music, ed. Mark Doffman, Toby Young, and Emily Payne. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

“Alternate resonances: Kalymnian traditions in Tarpon Springs, Florida.” In Greek Music in America, ed. Tina Bucuvalas. University of Mississippi Press. Forthcoming.

“Profile: Giorgos Makrigiannis or 'Nisyrios' (1875-1933).” In Greek Music in America, ed. Tina Bucuvalas. University of Mississippi Press. Forthcoming.

“Profile: Harilaos Piperakis (1888-1978).” In Greek Music in America, ed. Tina Bucuvalas. University of Mississippi Press. Forthcoming.

“Kalymnos Island, Greece,” in The Ethnomusicologists' Cookbook, Volume II, ed. Sean Williams. New York: Routledge, 164-168, 2015.

Articles in edited electronic publications:

“Rewriting Unwritten History: Nationalism, Folklore, and the Ban of the Cretan Violin,” in Plasmatic Narratives: Essays in Honor of Lily Macrakis, eds. Stamatia Dova and Nikolaos Poulopoulos, Classics @, Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington D.C. 2012.

“Çeçen Kızı: Tracing a Tune Through the Ottoman Ecumene,” in Portfolio of the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Boston University, Boston University Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology. 2012.

Reviews:

Review of Merih Erol, 2015, Greek Orthodox Music in Ottoman Istanbul: Nation and Community in the Era of Reform, Jim Samsom and Nicoletta Demetriou, eds., 2015, Music in Cyprus, and Şebnem Susam-Saraeva, 2015, Translation and Popular Music: Transcultural Intimacy in Turkish-Greek Relations. In the Journal of Modern Greek Studies. Forthcoming.

Review of Daniel Sharp, 2014, Between Nostalgia and Apocalypse: Popular Music and the Staging of Brazil. In Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 73(2), 283-285. 2016.

Review of Helena Simonett, ed., 2012, The Accordion in the Americas: Klezmer, Polka, Tango, Zydeco and More! and Marion Jacobson, 2012, Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America. In Journal of the Society for American Music, Volume 9, Issue 01, 126-130. 2015.

Review of Hélenè Delaporte, 2004, Grèce. Koumpania Xalkias: Musiciens traditionnels d'Épire/Greece. Koumpania Xalkias: Traditional Musicians of Epirus. Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology Volume 59 Issue 1, 165-168. 2015.

Review of Mark DeWitt, 2008, Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California: Modern Pleasures in a Postmodern World. Journal of the Society for American Music, Volume 7, Issue 04, 456-459. 2013.

Review of Marion Jacobson, 2012, Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America. Italian-American Review 3.1, 71-73. 2013.

Conference Presentations

“Mimesis, Mockery, and the Middle Space on Contemporary Lesvos,” presented at the Music and Memory in the Ancient Mediterranean Exploratory Seminar, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University, June 2017.

“Matters of Taste and Time in Anatolian Greek Music,” presented at Making Time in Music, University of Oxford, September 2016.

“Echoes of the Great Catastrophe: Re-sounding Anatolian Greek Identity in Diaspora,” presented at the Graduate Student Conference in Modern Greek Studies, Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, May 2016.

“Echoes of the Great Catastrophe: Re-sounding Anatolian Greek Identity in Boston,” presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, University of Texas at Austin, December 2015.

“The Poetics of Meráki: Dialogue and Speech Genre in Kalymnian Song,” presented at the Biannual Symposium of the Modern Greek Studies Association, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2015.

“The Metrics and Social Poetics of Dialogue in Traditional Greek Song,” presented at Singing the World: Song in/as Literature, Yale Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, April 2015.

“Matters of Taste and Time in Anatolian Greek Music,” presented at the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, April 2015.

“Family Sense and Family Sound: Home Recordings and Greek-American Identity,” presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, November 2014.

“The Musical Metrics of Poetic Dialogue in Greek Song,” presented at the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Norton, Massachusetts, April 2014.

“Imagining the Past, Inventing the Present: Asia Minor Traditions and Musical Sociality,” presented at the Echoes of Asia Minor Symposium, Hellenic College, Brookline, Massachusetts, November 2013.

“Living the Dance in Tarpon Springs: Music and Movement in a Greek-American Community,” presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 2012.

“A Phenomenological Account of Music and Movement in the Greek-American Community of Tarpon Springs, Florida,” presented at “Re-configuring White Ethnicity: Expressivity, Identity, Race,” at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, New York, April 2012.

“Çeçen Kızı: Tracing a Tune through the Ottoman Ecumene,” presented at the Yale Graduate Music Symposium, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, March 2012.

“Rewriting Unwritten History: Nationalism, Folklore, and the Ban of the Cretan Violin,” presented at the American Folklore Society Annual Conference, Bloomington, Indiana, October 2011.

“Fundamental Shift: Byzantine and Ottoman Echoes in Cretan Music,” presented at the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Boston University, April 2011.

Invited Lectures and Presentations

“Lesvos at the Crossroads: The Soundscape of a Late Ottoman Island,” lecture and concert at the Yale University Hellenic Studies Program, New Haven, December 2016.

“Stretching Time in Greek Music, Dance, and Oral Poetry,” lecture at the Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, October 2016.

“Fishtown Blues: A Century of Greek Music in Tarpon Springs, Florida,” lecture at the Yale University Hellenic Studies Program, New Haven, April 2016.

“A Sound as White as Marble: Greek Music and Ethnicity in the Long American Century,” lecture at the Boston University Department of Music, Boston, March 2016.

“Translating Nikolaos Nitsos' Tales, Rituals, and Songs,” lecture and discussion at Hellenic College, Brookline, Massachusetts, February 2016.

“Shades of Eros in Modern Greek Song,” presented at SapphoFest, The Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, DC, December 2015.

“Myth, Mimesis, and Mimicry: Rebetic and Byzantine Echoes in Traditional Greek Music,” lecture presented at the Boston Byzantine Music Festival, Hellenic College, Brookline, Massachusetts, November 2015.

Panel on Greek-American Youth Culture, Biannual Symposium of the Modern Greek Studies Association, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2015.

“Sounds from the Margins of Europe: Bagpipes in Boston,” lecture presented at the Harvard University Mahindra Humanities Center Musics Abroad Seminar, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 2014.

“Erotokritos and Oral Literature in the Cretan Renaissance,” lecture presented at the Harvard University Modern Greek Studies Department, Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 2014.

“Teoria, Método, e Prática da Etnomusicologia Através da Sanfona de Oito Baixos,” lecture at the Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil, July 2013.

“From Green to White and Back Again: Ethnicity, Music and the Irish-American Experience,” lecture at the Boston University Department of Music, Boston, March 2013.

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Areas of Specialization

Ethnomusicology, anthropology, Modern Greek philology, orality literature, performance studies, improvisation, archival preservation studies, with fieldwork focusing on insular Greece, Northeastern Brazil, Ireland, and their diasporas

Courses taught in Modern Greek Studies

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Modern Greek language and literature

Concepts of the hero in Ancient and Modern Greece

Traditional Greek music practicum

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