Professor Díaz’s 2021 Book Wins Honorary Mentions
Society of Ethnomusicology
Africanness in Action: Essentialism and Musical Imaginations of Africa in Brazil (Oxford University Press, 2021), written by Associate Professor of Music Juan Diego Díaz, has won three honorary mentions by the Society of Ethnomusicology, 2022:
>> The Alan Merriam Prize, which recognizes the most distinguished English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology.
>> The Portia Maultsby Prize, which recognizes the most distinguished English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology, with a focus on African American music and/or music of the Black diaspora.
>> The Kwabena Nketia Prize (in the African and African Diasporic Music Section), which recognizes the most distinguished book or monograph published over the previous three years on music of the African and African diaspora.
Professor Díaz is an ethnomusicologist with a geographic research interest in Africa and its diaspora, particularly Brazil and West Africa. He explores how African diasporic musics circulate and transform across the Atlantic and how they serve individuals and communities in identity formation.