Ethnomusicologist Kimberly Cannady gives a lecture at the Department of Music, IUA, on Friday 23, 2018 from 12:45pm - 1:45 pm

In the lecture, called "The Cultural Intimacy of "Lousy Songs" in Iceland", Kimberly will introduce her current ethnographic research on “traditional” music in Iceland (e.g. rímur chanting, tvísöngur, the langspil, and the víkivaki dance) in relation to Michael Herzfeld’s concept of cultural intimacy. 

These diverse musical practices are not typically considered to be at the front and centre of contemporary musical life in Iceland for the general population. Kimberly will argue that the history of music making in Iceland continues to shape aspects of contemporary musical practices in meaningful, if often overlooked, ways. 

Through a selection of key case studies from her research, she explores elements of power and agency in musical expression and foreground dynamics of emotion and intimacy. 

Kimberly also discusses practical elements of conducting ethnographic research here in Iceland, and welcomes a discussion about these methodologies. 

No entrance fee - everybody welcome


Dr Kimberly Cannady lectures in ethnomusicology at Victoria University of Wellington. She received her PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington (Seattle) and also holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. 

Kimberly's research explores music and nationalism in the Nordic region, and she is currently completing a book on music and cultural intimacy in Iceland based on extensive ethnographic research. 

Her research has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation and the American Scandinavian Foundation.