LECTURES / PRESENTATIONS (Selected)


INVITED LECTURE-PRESENTATIONS

"Seminar, Workshop, and Dialogue on Medical Anthropology," Department of Sowa-Rigpa (Tibetan Traditional Medicine Department), Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi U.P., India (April 10, 2017).

"The Chöd Practice of Machik Labdrön," University Lecture, Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi U.P., India (April 6, 2017).

"Engaging in the Profound Path of Chöd: Transmitting the Blessing Melodies of the Dakinis," Centre for Buddhist Studies, Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Kathmandu University, Nepal (February 21, 2017).

"The Sound of Vultures’ Wings: Tibetan Buddhist Ritual as Performing Art." Buddhist Ritual Music International Symposium 2015, Center for Buddhist Studies (Co-Sponsored by Seven Departments), University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (Nov 6-7, 2015).  http://buddhistritualmusic.weebly.com/about.html

"Medical Ethnomusicology:  Perspective on an Emerging Field." Invited by Lee Bartel to give a colloquium address, Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MAHRC) Colloquium, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto (December 3, 2014).  http://uoftmusicmahrc.ca/activities/ 

Invited Discussant on the panel "Transcultural Gestures in Music Scholarship: (Re)constructions: Researching and Rethinking Asia." International Graduate Student Conference, York Centre for Asian Research, Glendon Campus, York University, Toronto (April, 26-27, 2013).

"Meditation, Music, Mind: 'Gift of the Body' in the Tibetan Chöd Ritual Tradition of the Female Buddha, Machik Labdrön." Invited lecture presentation, Spotlight On..Series, Digitial Humanities Library, University of Rochester, Rochester NY (Mar 29, 2012).

 "Music, Medicine, and Spirituality: Healing Mind and Body in Cross-Cultural Perspective." Medical Humanities Noon Hour Rounds, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY (June 1, 2011).

"Musical & Spiritual Transmission in the Tibetan Buddhist Chöd Ritual." Invited lecture-presentation, School of Music & Asian Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (Feb 5, 2009).

"Visualizing Music: Interpreting Performance in the Tibetan Chöd Ritual Practice of Machik Labdrön."  Invited lecture-presentation, South Asian Studies Colloquium Series, Yale University, CT (Feb 6, 2008).

"Some Music-Poetry Correspondences in the Chöd Ritual of Machik Labdrön." Invited presentation, The Theory and Practice of Tibetan Ritual, International Symposium, University of California at Santa Barbara (May 11-12, 2007).

"(Dis/)Embodied Ethics and Intersubjectivity: Transcultural Translation and Practice of the Tibetan Buddhist Chöd Ritual." Invited lecture-presentation, Music and its Experiences in Asia Colloquium, York Centre for Asian Research, York University (Mar 21, 2005).

"Tibetan Buddhist Chöd Ritual with Ven. Pencho Rabgey." Co-delivered Lecture-Performance in Graduate Colloquium in Music Series, Department of Music, York University (Apr 7, 1998).


CONFERENCE PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS

"Sonic Iconography: The Damaru Drum’s Rhythmic Complements to Affective Visualizations in Tibetan gCod Rituals." Invited paper, within the panel, ‘Percussive Affects: Perspectives on Music, Theatre and Ritual across Central and South Asia,’ Conference on the Music of Central, South and West Asia, Harvard University (March 4-6, 2016).

"Historical Ethnomusicology of Celebrity Artists Ravi Shankar & George Harrison: How Can a Polyvocal Texture Inform Narratives of Musical Collaboration?" Invited paper in the panel ‘Rethinking Inclusion in Popular Musics,’ Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX (Dec 4, 2015).

"Transcultural Musical Transmission as Gift Economy: Tibetan Buddhist Lamas and Their Western Disciples." Invited paper in the panel, ‘Global Buddhist Syncretism: China, Tibet, Singapore and United States,’ Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA (Nov 13, 2014).

"Exploring Ritual Transmission in an Interdisciplinary Context: Musical and Spiritual Apprenticeship in Tibetan Chöd Ritual Music Studies." Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, jointly with the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory, New Orleans, LA (Nov 4, 2012).

"Teaching Medical Ethnomusicology: Engaging the Science(s) of Healing in the Classroom." Panel on Medical Ethnomusicology, Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (Nov 19, 2011)

"The Ecology of Music Scholarship: Ethnomusicology as an Intervention in Buddhist Studies." Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, University of California at Los Angeles, CA (November 11, 2010).

"The Confluence of Transmission with Dissemination: Exploring The Use of Digital Recording Technology to Transmit a Tibetan Buddhist Ritual Tradition." Annual Meeting of the Canadian Anthropological Society, Congress 2010, Concordia University (Montreal, June 3, 2010).

"Connecting a Lineage: Challenges in the Digital Transmission of Musical and Spiritual Data of a Tibetan Ritual." Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Congress 2010, Concordia University (Montreal, June 1, 2010).

"A Record of Survival: Pedagogy and Transmission of a Musical-Spiritual Tradition." Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Niagara Chapter, Kent State University, Ohio (March 27, 2010).

"Visualizing Music in the Tibetan Buddhist Tantric Chöd Ritual Meditation Practice." Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Niagara Chapter, York University (March 30, 2008).


CONFERENCE PAPERS (Co-Presented)

(Music & Law, Cultural Rights)

"Intellectual Property as a Cultural Right: The Difference Human Rights Make to a Consideration of Cultural Appropriation." Co-Presented with Rosemary Coombe, Symposium, Rights: Circulation, Appropriation and Hegemony in Inter-Asia, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (December 7, 2006).

(Music & Health, Music Cognition)

"ERPs and the Processing of Musical Stimuli," Taylor, M.J., Trainor, L.J., Voros, J.G. & Cupchik, J.W.  Co-Presented at ICON V, Fifth International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience, Jerusalem, Israel (June 11-16, 1992).

"ERPs to Melodic Stimuli in Musicians and non-Musicians," Taylor, M.J., Trainor, L.J., Voros, J.G. & Cupchik, J.W.  Co-Presented at EPIC X,Tenth International Evoked Potential Conference, Eger, Hungary (May 31-June 5, 1992).


GUEST LECTURE-PRESENTATIONS (selected)

"What is Medical Ethnomusicology: Epistemological Challenges and Changes." Invited Guest Lecture in the course “North American Traditional Music,” Department of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University (March 26, 2013).

"Medicine, Music, Mind: Transmission of the Sacred and Gift of the Body in the Tibetan Chöd Ritual Practice," Invited to Lecture in the course ‘Studying Music in the Field: Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology,’ Lamont School of Music, University of Denver (April 26, 2012). 

"Ethics First: Beginning an Ethnographic Fieldwork Research Study," Guest Lecture in the course 'Theories and Methods in Ethnomusicology,' York University (May 28, 2009).

"Preparing for Ethnographic Fieldwork Research." Guest Lecture in the course 'Introduction to Cross-Cultural Studies' at York University (February 4, 2008).

"“Music and Ritual in the Tibetan Buddhist Chöd Tradition.” Invited Guest Lecture in the course Music, Myth & Ritual, Department of Music, York University (November 17, 2005).

"“Music, Meaning and Symbolic Self-Image in the Tibetan Buddhist Chöd Tradition.” Invited Lecture-Demonstration in “Musics and Cultures,” (World Music course), Department of Music, York University (March 22, 2005).