Dr. Maria Paula Survilla received her Bachelor of Music form the University of Ottawa, her Masters in Musicology and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. A Fulbright-Hayes scholar, she researches the role of contemporary music (urban rock and popular genres as well as rural ritual music) in the construction of personal and national identities in post-Soviet Belarus and in the Diaspora. Her dissertation on the topic was adapted and published in the series Outstanding Dissertations as Of Mermaids and Rock Singers: Placing the Self and Defining the Nation Through Belarusian Contemporary Music by Routledge in 2002. Her latest publication on Belarus can be found in the volume Music and Diplomacy (Palgrave 2015). She has presented at over 30 North American and International conferences and published chapters, articles in juried journals, genre encyclopedias, and academic reviews throughout her career. Dr. Survilla is the Executive Director of the Center for Belarusian Studies, dedicated to encouraging the growth of healthy civil society in Belarus though programs in higher education. She is Professor of Music/Ethnomusicology at Wartburg University in Waverly, Iowa, where she held the Harry and Polly Slife Endowed Professorship in the Humanities between 2010-2016.
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