Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor of Music and the Humanities in the College; Associate Faculty, Divinity School; Member of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies; Committee on Southern Asian Studies Center for East European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture; Department of Germanic Studies
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: Goodspeed 211
Phil Bohlman’s teaching and research draw upon diverse methods and perspectives in music scholarship to forge an ethnomusicology built upon foundations in ethnography, history, and performance. He is particularly interested in exploring the interstices between music and religion, music, race, and colonial encounter, and music and nationalism. The study of Jewish music in modernity has provided a primary focus for his research for 35 years, and since 1998 has provided the context for his activities as a performer, both as the Artistic Director of the New Budapest Orpheum Society (a Jewish cabaret and ensemble-in-residence at the Humanities Division), and in stage performances with Christine Wilkie Bohlman (the College) of works for piano and dramatic speaker created during the Holocaust. With the New Budapest Orpheum Society, Phil has released four CDs, most recently As Dreams Fall Apart: The Golden Age of Jewish Stage and Film Music, 1925–1955 (Cedille Records 2014). His work in historical performance has been recognized with the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society and the Donald Tovey Prize from Oxford University. 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 OUPblog post).
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. His article, “Analysing Aporia” (twentieth-century music), received the 2013 Jaap Kunst Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology. 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), Balkan Epic: Song, History, Modernity (with Nada Petković; Scarecrow 2012), Hanns Eisler: In der Musik ist es anders (with Andrea F. Bohlman; Hentrich & Hentrich 2012), Revival and Reconciliation: Sacred Music in the Making of European Modernity (Scarecrow 2013), Wie sängen wir Seinen Gesang auf dem Boden der Fremde! (LIT Verlag 2016), and the edited volumes, The Cambridge History of World Music (Cambridge 2013), This Thing Called Music (with Victoria Lindsay Levine, Rowman & Littlefield 2015), and Jazz Worlds / World Jazz (with Goffredo Plastino; Chicago 2015).
His current research includes an introduction to the study of ethnomusicology for Cambridge University Press and a book on music and global nationalisms, for which he received a 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. 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, the journal of the International Musicological Society. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.
Recent Courses Taught
- The History of World Music Recording (seminar)
- Music Global Nationalisms (seminar)
- Israel/Palestine (proseminar)
- The Origins of Music (seminar)
- Ethnographic Methods (proseminar)
- Mode in the Middle East and South Asia (proseminar)
- Music, Race, Empire (seminar)
- Music of the Middle East (proseminar)
Selected Recent Works
- Wie sängen wir Seinen Gesang auf dem Boden der Fremde! Jüdische Musik zwischen Aschkenas und Moderne. LIT Verlag, 2016.
- Jazz Worlds / World Jazz (coedited with Goffredo Plastino). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, in press.
- This Thing Called Music: Essays in Honor of Bruno Nettl (coedited with Victoria Lindsay Levine). Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
- As Dreams Fall Apart: The Golden Age of Jewish Stage and Film Music, 1925–1955 (with the New Budapest Orpheum Society). Cedille Records, 2014.
- 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.