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Ioanida Costache

Ioanida Costache

B.A., Music, Amherst College
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Sounding Romani Sonic-Subjectivity: Counterhistory, Identity Formation and Affect in Romanian-Roma Music


I am an ethnomusicologist, a violinist and a documentary filmmaker. My current research explores issues of race and ethnicity, performance/construction of identity, affect, cultural memory, trauma, and history as they intersect in Romani musico-oral traditions of Romania. Drawing on a wide repertoire of Romani repertoires, including Holocaust songs and communist-era popular music, my dissertation traces how a markedly Romani sonic-subjectivity forged through musical expression is deeply imbricated in the project of cultural healing. Before coming to Stanford, I earned a B.A. in Music from Amherst College. I am the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant and ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship and visiting fellowships at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Other areas of interest include embodiment, applied ethnomusicology, and alternative epistemologies.

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