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Musicologist, pianist and documentary filmmaker, Pasler has published widely on contemporary American and French music, modernism and postmodernism, interdisciplinarity, intercultural transfer, and especially cultural life in France and the French colonies in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Pasler's wide-ranging and perceptive approaches to musical biography, history, and especially music and its effects on society and culture challenge readers to rethink assumptions about important contemporary issues, including the complexity and dynamism of national identities and the economics of power. Her article, "The Utility of Musical Instruments in the Racial and Colonial Agendas of Late Nineteenth-Century France," Journal of the Royal Musical Association Vol. 129, No. 1 (Spring 2004), won the Colin Slim award from the American Musicological Society for the best article in 2005 by a senior scholar. Recently she published two books, Writing through Music: Essays on Music, Culture, and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Composing the Citizen: Music as Public Utility in Third Republic France (University of California Press, 2009), the latter winning an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for the best symphonic work (2010) and being translated into French for publication in the Bibiothèque des Histoires, Editions Gallimard, Paris. In summer 2012 Princeton University Press published her edited volume, Saint-Saëns and his World.
As the Frank H. Kenan Fellow at the National Humanities Center (2006-07), a fellow at the Institut d'études avancées in Nantes, France (January-June 2010), and with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (2010-11), she has been working on a new book, Music, Race, and Colonialism in the French Empire, 1880s-1950s. Research for this book has brought her, so far, to France, Vietnam, Tunisia, and Senegal.
Pasler has presented her work at international conferences in England, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, and Japan. It has been honored by three earlier NEH fellowships, a UC President's Fellowship, and a Senior Fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center. In 2003-2004 she was the Flora Stone Mather Visiting Professor at Case Western Reserve University; in winter 2008, Visiting Professor at UCLA; and in 2011, Directeur d'études at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris).
Her video documentaries have been shown at the Smithsonian, national meetings of the Association for Asian Studies and American Anthropological Society. They have won film festival awards. Berkeley Media distributes them nationally and internationally.
Among numerous professional activities, at UC San Diego in 1982 she
organized the International Stravinsky Symposium; in Paris at the CNRS in
1983-84, she helped found the Centre d'information et de documentation
"Recherche Musicale; " and in fall 1994, with Philip Brett, she ran a
resident research group at the UC Humanities Research Center, "Retheorizing
Music. " She has served on numerous program committees, including for the
16th International Congress of the International Musicological Society (London,
August 1997) and in 2001-2004 for national meetings of the American
Musicological Society, chairing this committee in 2003-2004. She has also
served as a founding member of the Editorial Board for Women and Music (1995-present), a member of the Advisory or Editorial Boards of 19th - Century
Music, Music Humana (Korea), Journal of Musicological Research, Transpositions (Paris), on various committees of AMS and SEM, and on the
Board of Directors of the Pauline Oliveros Foundation. She reviews regularly
for academic presses and scholarly journals such as JAMS and the Journal
of the Royal Musical Association. Currently, Pasler is participating in the
research group, "French Music
Criticism, 1789-1914," originally funded by the Arts and Humanities Research
Council Network of the UK. In 2011-12, she has been the scholar-in-residence and co-organizer of the Bard Music Festival, Saint-Saens and his World, New York, (summer 2012).
Link here: http://music.ucsd.edu/b/Jann+Pasler