Anthony Seeger

Anthony Seeger

Anthony Seeger is an anthropologist, ethnomusicologist, audiovisual archivist, record producer,  and musician.  He received his BA from Harvard University and his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. He has taught in the graduate program in social anthropology of the Museu Nacional/UFRJ in Rio de Janeiro (1975-1982), at Indiana University (1982-1988), and UCLA (2000-2012), where he currently holds the rank of Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology Emeritus.  He served as director of the Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music from 1982-1988 and of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive from 2007-2012.  From 1988-2000 he was the first curator and director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings at the Smithsonian Institution, from which he holds the title of Director Emeritus. Dr. Seeger is the author or co-editor of seven books and over 120 articles and book chapters on anthropological, ethnomusicological, archival, intellectual property, and Indigenous rights issues.  Among the books are Nature and Society in Central Brazil: The Suya Indians of Mato Grosso (Harvard University Press 1981) and Why Suy√° Sing: A Musical Anthropology of an Amazonian People (Cambridge University Press 1987 (issued in a revised and expanded edition by the University of Illinois Press in 2004). He was elected President of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Council for Traditional Music, and served as the ICTM Secretary General from 2001-2005 as well as on numerous advisory boards and panels. He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1993.

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