Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor of Music and the Humanities in the College; Member of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies; Center for East European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture; Committee on Southern Asian Studies; Associate Faculty, Department of Germanic Studies; Associate Faculty, Divinity School
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: Goodspeed 211
Phil Bohlman continues to seek new ways of combining performance and research in his research on Jewish music and modernity. As Artistic Director of “The New Budapest Orpheum Society,” the Jewish cabaret troupe and ensemble-in-residence at the Humanities Division, Phil has initiated two new projects that follow the 2009 CD, Jewish Cabaret in Exile (Cedille Records). With Jewish Noir, the New Budapest Orpheum Society explores the stage repertories presented through Yiddish and German-Jewish films from the emergence of sound film in the 1920s to the post-Holocaust generation of the 1950s. For his work with cabaret during the Holocaust, Phil, together with the New Budapest Orpheum Society, were the recipients of the 2011 Noah Greenberg Award for Historical Performance from the American Musicological Society. For their performances of stage music from the concentration camps, Phil and Christine Wilkie Bohlman (the College) were awarded the 2009 Donald Tovey Prize from Oxford University. They have performed Viktor Ullmann’s Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornet Christoph Rilke throughout the world, most recently in Berlin and at the University of Texas at Austin, and they are currently preparing performances of Viktor Fried’s Die Auswanderer (1914). Since 2008, Phil has been conducting research India, especially in Kolkata, Varanasi, and rural West Bengal. His research on the Eurovision Song Contest is ongoing (see, for instance, his blogpost). Since 2009, he has taught and conducted workshops at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Musik (Hannover, Germany), where he is also an Honorary Professor. Phil is the author or editor of numerous books and CDs. The first edition of Music, Nationalism, and the Making of the New Europe received the Derek Allen Prize for Musicology from the British Academy, and the second edition (Routledge) appeared in 2011. Most recently, he has published Jewish Music and Modernity (Oxford 2008), Jewish Musical Modernism (Chicago 2008), Jewish Cabaret in Exile (with the New Budapest Orpheum Society; Cedille Records 2009), Antropologia della musica nelle culture mediterranee: Intepretazione, performance, identità (with Marcello Sorce Keller; CLUEB 2009), Balkan Epic: Song, History, Modernity (with Nada Petković; Scarecrow 2012), Revival and Reconciliation: Sacred Music in the Making of European Modernity (Scarecrow 2012), and Hanns Eisler: In der Musik ist es anders (with Andrea F. Bohlman; Hentrich & Hentrich 2012). His current research includes books on Johann Gottfried Herder and nationalism, the aesthetics and politics of silence in music, and an introduction to the study of ethnomusicology for Cambridge University Press. Phil is editor or coeditor of several monograph and critical-edition series, including “Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology” and “Recent Researches in the Oral Traditions of Music.” He serves on the Editorial Board of “Grove Music Online,” and with Federico Celestini, he is coeditor of Acta Musicologica. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. Ongoing fieldwork includes studies of music in the Muslim communities of Europe and of religion and the arts in India.
Recent Courses Taught
- The Origins of Music (seminar)
- The Silence of Music (seminar)
- Ethnographic Methods (proseminar)
- Jewish Music (proseminar)
- Music, Race, Empire (seminar)
- Music of the Middle East (proseminar)
- Mode in the Middle East and South Asia (proseminar)
Selected Recent Works
- Jazz Worlds / World Jazz (coedited with Goffredo Plastino). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, in press.
- The Cambridge History of World Music (ed. by Philip V. Bohlman). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
- Revival and Reconciliation: Sacred Music in the Making of European Modernity. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2013.
- Hanns Eisler – In der Musik ist es anders (with Andrea F. Bohlman). Berlin: Hentrich & Hentrich, 2012.
- Balkan Epic: Song, History, Modernity (coedited with Nada Petković). Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow.
- Focus: Music, Nationalism, and the Making of the New Europe. New York: Routledge, 2011.
- Jewish Music and Modernity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
- Jewish Musical Modernism, Old and New (ed. by Philip V. Bohlman). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
- Antropologia della musica nelle culture mediterranee: Intepretazione, performance, identità (coedited with Marcello Sorce Keller). Bologna: Clueb, 2008.
- Jewish Cabaret in Exile. CD of the New Budapest Orpheum Society. Cedille Records, 2009.
- Music in American Religious Experience (coedited with Edith Blumhofer and Maria Chow). New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Jüdische Volksmusik – Eine mitteleuropäische Geistesgeschichte. Vienna: Böhlau, 2005.
- Celtic Modern: Music of the Global Fringe (ed. with Martin Stokes). Lanham: Scarecrow, 2003.
- World Music: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
- Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano: Jewish Political and Political Music, 1900–1945. CD with the New Budapest Orpheum Society. Cedille Records, 2002.
- Music and the Racial Imagination (coedited with Ronald Radano). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.