Please use our list of resources relevant to EDI in Music Higher Education.
It is not exhaustive and always in-progress. You can also suggest a resource to be added.
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Useful Websites 🖥
- plainsightSOUND (rediscovering colonial and postcolonial voices in British classical music)
- The Advance Network (changing the classical and jazz musical landscape for black, Asian and minority ethnic musicians)
- Music Theory Examples by BI-POC composers
- Inclusive Early Music (teaching music history more inclusively)
- Engaged Music Theory (a bibliography to encourage music scholars to engage directly with issues of cultural politics)
- Gender Relations in New Music (an activist and research group committed to challenging and redressing the inequalities of opportunity and representation along lines of gender and sexuality, as well as race and class, that afflict new music institutions and scenes worldwide)
- Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Resound (a professional disabled-led ensemble)
- Illuminate Women’s Music (promoting the work of emerging women composers and performers)
- Decus Ensemble (a flexible and diverse group of professional classical musicians who work together to promote the works of less well-known composers throughout classical music history)
- Sonic Cyberfeminisms (a project by a collective of artists, musicians and writers, which draws upon intersectional feminist praxis and the legacies of cyberfeminism)
- Donne Foundation (a charitable foundation aiming to celebrate, advance, and amplify women in music)
- Open Up Music (opening up music to young disabled musicians)
- Sonic Crossroads (focusing on pedagogy and the publication of sheet music that introduces students of all ages to new and unfamiliar styles of music)
- Minerva Festival Repertoire Suggestions database (suggestions for concert programming of music by marginalised gender composers)
- Composers of Color (resources for music by composers of color)
- Beyond Tokenism (dedicated to helping music history instructors develop equitable and relevant pedagogies)
- Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice Resources
- Being Black in the UK Music Industry, Music Creators – Part 1 (Black Lives in Music 2021)
- Miseducation: decolonising curricula, culture and pedagogy in UK universities (HEPI 2020, Mia Liyanage)
- Gender and Equality in Music Higher Education (NAHME 2015, Danijela Bogdanovic)
- LGBT+ Histories and Historians (Royal Historical Society 2020)
- Race, Ethnicity & Equality Report (Royal Historical Society 2018)
- Sharing the Caring: UK Higher Education Professional Services parents, work and family life during 2020 lockdown (Women’s Higher Education Network, 2020)
- Equality and Diversity in the Classical Music Profession (ESRC/KCL 2015, Christina Scharff)
Resources for Teaching 🎓
- UDL (Universal Design for Learning) as a Resource for Decolonizing the Syllabus: an Experiment from Music History (Andrew Dell’Antonio)
- Antiracism and Racial Justice Resources (Cornell University Press)
- Antiracist Resources for Your 2020-2021 Teaching (Modern Languages Association)
- The Black Curriculum [for schools]
- Decolonizing the Music Room [not HE specific]
- Decolonizing the Music Survey: A Manifesto for Action (David Chavannes)
- Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus [US context]
- Levelling the playing field in UK music conservatoires: diversifying through decolonising (HEPI, Scott Caizley)
- Music Theory Examples by Women
- Sweet Tooth (cross-disciplinary music theatre piece devised by Elaine Mitchener)
- Writing About Slavery? Teaching About Slavery? (P. Gabrielle Foreman et al.)
Scholarly literature 📖
- Ahmed, Sara. On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life. Duke University Press, 2012. https://doi.org/10.1215/9780822395324.
- Arday, Jason, and Heidi Safia Mirza. Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy. Springer, 2018.
- Black, Amanda M., and Andrea F. Bohlman. ‘Resounding the Campus: Pedagogy, Race, and the Environment | Journal of Music History Pedagogy’. Journal of Music History Pedagogy 8, no. 1 (2017). https://www.ams-net.org/ojs/index.php/jmhp/article/view/217.
- Byrne, Bridget, Claire Alexander, Omar Khan, James Nazroo, and William Shankley. Ethnicity, Race and Inequality in the UK: State of the Nation. Policy Press, 2020.
- DiAngelo, Robin. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Beacon Press, 2018.
- Gabriel, Deborah, and Shirley Anne Tate. Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia. UCL Institute of Education Press, 2017.
- Gebhardt, Nicholas, Nichole Rustin-Paschal, and Tony Whyton, eds. The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies. New York: Routledge, 2018. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315315805.
- Johnson-Williams, Erin (2021) ‘Online EDI Resources: Towards a Reflexive Archive‘, Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, 1–4.
- Kalwant, Bhopal. White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society. Policy Press, 2018.
- Lubiano, Wahneema, ed. The House That Race Built: Original Essays by Toni Morrison, Angela Y. Davis, Cornel West, and Others on Black Americans and Politics in America Today. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2010.
- McKay, George. ‘Jazz and Disability’. In The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies, edited by Nicholas Gebhardt, Nichole Rustin-Paschal, and Tony Whyton, 1st ed., 173–84. Routledge, 2018. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315315805-17.
- ———. ‘Skinny Blues: Karen Carpenter, Anorexia Nervosa and Popular Music’. Popular Music 37, no. 1 (January 2018): 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1017/S026114301700054X.
- Mirza, Heidi Safia. Race, Gender and Educational Desire: Why Black Women Succeed and Fail. London: Routledge, 2008. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203888650.
- Nash, Jennifer C. Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality. Duke University Press, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1215/9781478002253.
- Orejuela, Fernando, and Stephanie Shonekan. Black Lives Matter and Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection. Indiana University Press, 2018.
- Sian, Katy P. Navigating Institutional Racism in British Universities. 1st ed. 2019 edition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
- Sithole, Tendayi. The Black Register. John Wiley & Sons, 2020.
- Thurman, Kira. ‘Performing Lieder, Hearing Race: Debating Blackness, Whiteness, and German Identity in Interwar Central Europe’. Journal of the American Musicological Society 72, no. 3 (1 December 2019): 825–65. https://doi.org/10.1525/jams.2019.72.3.825.
- Tuck, Eve, and K. Wayne Yang. ‘Decolonization Is Not a Metaphor’. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 1, no. 1 (8 September 2012). https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/des/article/view/18630.
- Black Lives Matter: Music, Race, and Justice (Harvard Graduate Music Forum Conference, 2017)
- Digital Black Culture Archives for the Humanities and Social Science (DocNow Conference Panel, 2018)
- COVID-19 and racial capitalism in the UK: why race and class matter for understanding the coronavirus pandemic (Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, Ellie Gore, 2020)
- Twitter thread on ways to support BLM in humanities research (Biko Mandela Gray, 2020)
- Exploring Cultural Diversity in Experimental Sound (Dr Amit D. Patel and Dr Andrew Knight-Hill, University of Greenwich)
- ‘Students want to confront it’: academics on how to decolonise the university (Sadhvi Dar, Manali Desai and Clive Nwonka, The Guardian, 17 June 2020)
- Under Rhodes (Amia Srinivasan, London Review of Books, 38/7, 31 March 2016)
- The real meaning of Rhodes Must Fall (Amit Chaudhuri, The Guardian, 16 March 2016)
- Britain is not America. But we too are disfigured by deep and pervasive racism (David Olusoga, The Guardian, 7 June 2020)
- How Can We Win? (Kimberly Jones)
- Do the work: an anti-racist reading list (Layla F Saad, The Guardian, 3 June 2020)
- Payback time: academic’s plan to launch Free Black University in UK (Harriet Swain, The Guardian, 27 June 2020)
- The anti-racism books everybody should read, from Malcolm X to Candice Carty-Williams (Olivette Otele, The Times, 7 June 2020)
- How to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement Even if You Can’t Attend the Protests (Sabrina Barr, The Independent, 6 June 2020)
- Race at Boiling Point: The Fire This Time (University of California Humanities Research Institute, June 5, 2020)
- Embracing a Transformative Pedagogy: Music Departments and White Supremacy (David Molk, I Care If You Listen, 6 August 2020)
- Classical Music and its Slave Orchestras (Jon Silpayamanant, 30 July 2020)
- A Statement on the Role of Humanities Research and Education in Times of Crisis (Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes)
- Women of color in the workplace: The persistent obstacles and how you can rise to meet them (Fingerprint for Success)
- Can the subaltern speak? Why AHRC needs decolonising (Janine Francois, 2019)
- Are there ‘Safe Spaces’? (Riadh Ghemmour)