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Michael B Silvers

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Michael Silvers is an ethnomusicologist and a specialist in Brazilian music and environmental crisis. His research interests also include sound studies, the cultural and environmental history of music technologies, and music, gender, and sexuality.



Ethnomusicology, Ph.D., UCLA

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, School of Music
Area Chair, Musicology, School of Music
Associate Professor, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives
Associate Professor, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies
Associate Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Recent Publications

Silvers, M. B. (2021). Ethnomusicology as Ecomusicology. Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter, 55(1), 18-20.

Silvers, M. (2020). Attending to the nightingale: On a multispecies ethnomusicology. Ethnomusicology, 64(2), 199-224.

Silvers, M. B. (2019). Film Review: These C*cksucking Tears. Ethnomusicology, 63(2), 355–356.

Silvers, M. B. (2019). Kuduro. In H. Feldman, & D. Horn (Eds.), Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa (Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World; Vol. 12). Bloomsbury Academic.

Silvers, M. B. (2018). Voices of Drought: The Politics of Music and Environment in Northeastern Brazil. University of Illinois Press.

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