Cultural Studies Adjunct: David A. McDonald
I am an ethnomusicologist whose teaching and scholarly work intersects with the fields of cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology, folklore, and Middle Eastern studies. Although I have done fieldwork in Zimbabwe and Indonesia, since 2000 I have worked closely with Palestinian communities dispersed throughout Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Territories. Specifically, my work involves understanding the cultural dynamics of performance, politics, and identity among Palestinian refugee communities. As an ethnographer of performance and performativity, I am currently pursuing research on the poetics of violence, masculinity, and cultural trauma. In addition to my forthcoming book, My Voice is My Weapon: Music, Nationalism, and the Poetics of Palestinian Resistance (Forthcoming Duke University Press), I have published research on music and nationalism, trauma, and the body in Israel/Palestine. Lastly, I am a regular performer of a diverse field of musical instruments, including the Irish and Scottish bagpipes, Saxophone, Zimbabwean Mbira, and the Arab Nai and Oud.