Brigid Cohen

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2018-Aug 2018)


Brigid Cohen is Assistant Professor of Music at New York University. She completed her PhD at Harvard University in 2007 and taught at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, until 2012. Cohen’s research and teaching center on twentieth-century musical avant-gardes, postcolonial studies, cultural and media theory, and migration and diaspora. Her first book, Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diaspora (Cambridge University Press, 2012), won the Lewis Lockwood Prize of the American Musicological Society for best monograph of the year by a scholar at an early career stage. She is currently writing Musical Migration and the Global City: New York, 1957–1966, which explores questions of media, migration, and citizenship in New York as a capital of empire during the Cold War. In connection with this book in progress, her projects at the MPIWG include “Sonic Intermedia of Cold War Experimentalism” (2017) and “George Maciunas, Fluxus, and Media Technologies of Empire” (2018), which she is researching as a member of the “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics” group. She is the author of forthcoming articles on Cold War New York art scenes in Journal of the American Musicological Society (2018) and ASAP/Journal (2018) and the convener of the round table “Edward Said and Musicology Today” (2016) in Journal of the Royal Musical Association. Research for these projects has been supported the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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George Maciunas, Fluxus, and Media Technologies of Empire


Sonic Intermedia of Cold War Experimentalism


Selected Publications

Cohen, Brigid (2021). “Sounds of the Cold War Acropolis: Halim El-Dabh at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Studio.” Contemporary Music Review 39 (6): 684–707. https://doi.org/10.1080/07494467.2020.1863006.

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Cohen, Brigid (2018). “Enigmas of the Third Space: Mingus and Varèse at Greenwich House, 1957.” Journal of the American Musicological Society 71 (1): 155–211. https://doi.org/10.1525/jams.2018.71.1.155.

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Cohen, Brigid (2018). “Ono in Opera: A Politics of Art and Action, 1960-1962.” ASAP/Journal 3 (1): 41–66. https://doi.org/10.1353/asa.2018.0002.

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Cohen, Brigid (2016). “Round table : Edward Said and musicology today.” Journal of the Royal Musical Association 141 (1): 202–232. https://doi.org/10.1080/02690403.2016.1151245.

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Performing Sabotage: George Maciunas's German Remigration and the Insider/Outsider Politics of Fluxus

American Musicological Society

Keynote: "Testimony, Facticity, and Musical Truth-Telling"

University of Sydney

Musical Cosmopolitanism and the Historiography of the Recent Past,
or Musical Cosmopolitics in Cold War New York

Sibelius Academy