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Sindhumathi Revuluri (on leave 2012-2013)
Associate Professor of Music
Historical Musicology
Music Building 302S

Revuluri works on the music of 19th and 20th century France, with particular attention to musical modernism. She is currently completing a book, Sounding Empire in fin-de-siècle France: Exoticism, Nationalism, and Modernist Musical Thought, which examines the dual currents of exoticist representation and nationalism in music and situates them both in the context of French imperial aspirations and the beginnings of modernism in France.

She also works on contemporary Indian music and film, focusing on south India’s urban centers. Recent work in this area has considered borrowing in film song, the popularization of historical art music, the music of popular devotion, and modes of audio-visual reception for film song.

Her research has been supported by fellowships from the French Government (Bourse Chateaubriand) and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation (Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies). In 2009-2010, she was a fellow at the Penn Humanities Forum of the University of Pennsylvania. She recently co-organized (with Ingrid Monson and Olivia Bloechl), the seminar “Postcolonial Music Studies” at the Radcliffe Institute (2009).

Her published work appears in the Journal of Musicological Research, Journal of Asian Studies, Current Musicology, the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and the Oxford Handbook to Mobile Music and Sound Studies (Oxford, forthcoming).

She is a member of Harvard’s Committee on Degrees in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She also serves on the American Musicological Society’s Committee on Cultural Diversity, and is a past member of the AMS’s Committee on the Status of Women.



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