Lillian M. Wohl, Ph.D.

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Musicology

HUC-JIR/New York

Program/School: 
Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, New York
Academic Field: 
Ethnomusicology
Research Interests: 
Jewish Music and Performance in the Americas; Latin American and Caribbean popular and folk musics; Performance Studies; Race and ethnicity; Modernity and urban space; History and memory

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Lillian M. Wohl recieved her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago where she studied the relation between history/memory, music, politics, and performance in the Americas. Her dissertation explored memory as a musical labor rooting contemporary Jewish Argentine musical performance to Jewish tradition as well as to the contemporary, political uses of memory in Argentina. Her work in ethnomusicology focuses on constructions of race and ethnicity in Jewish cultural production throughout the Americas, addressing the national and transnational migrations of musical repertories and musicians while considering the processes of consumption, memorialization, revival, commemoration, collective memory, and the dynamics of faith shaping musical experience. In 2013-2014, she was a Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Doctoral Dissertation Fellow with the Foundation for Jewish Culture. She graduated from Columbia University with a BA in English Literature.
Selected Publications and Edited Works

“So We Don’t Lose Memory: Jewish Musical Performance After the AMIA Bombing.” In Landscapes of Memory and Impunity: The Aftermath of the AMIA Bombing in Jewish Argentina, eds., Natasha Zaretsky and Annette Levine. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2015.

"Gypsy, Cumbia, Cuarteto, Surf, Blah, Blah, Blah: Simja Dujov and Jewish Musical Eclecticism in Argentina." In Mazel Tov Amigos!: Jews and Popular Music in the Americas, edited by Amalia Ran and Moshe Morad. Leiden: Brill, 2015. Forthcoming. 

Current and Future Courses
History of the Cantorate
Jewish Music Research
Music in American Jewish Life
Public Lecture Topics
Jewish Heritage and Musical Commemoration at the Associación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) in Buenos Aires
Jewish Records and Digital Memory
Musical Materiality and Collective Remembrance
Sonic Memory and Social Justice
Jewish Music in the Argentine Immigrant Experience, 1920-1943