» Joshua Brown

College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Joshua Brown
Office Location:
Bertea Hall 207

Joshua Brown received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at UC Riverside in 2014.  He conducted his dissertation research in Seville, Spain during the 2011-12 academic year, supported by Fulbright IIE and UC Riverside Humanities Research Grant fellowships.  In this work, entitled “Flamenco Capital: Tradition, Revolution and Renewal in Seville, Spain,” Josh explores how flamenco performance models intimacy and solidarity in Andalusian communities based in Seville and Morón de la Frontera.  Highlighting the dangerous and deceptive elements of intangible cultural heritage, he interrogates the ways in which flamenco artists and community members continue to negotiate distinctions between public and private performance in an era of globalized media circulation, neoliberal economic regimes and complex localized structures of kinship and power.  For his M.A. thesis, he examined how popular music, American folk ideology and leftist politics converged and intensified at a key folk institution in Los Angeles known as the Ash Grove. Josh is a five-time Gluck Program of the Arts fellow and a recipient of the UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2013-14.  He has presented papers at conferences in the U.S., England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia.