University of Oregon cultural anthropologist and folklorist Carol Silverman’s “Romani Routes: Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora” has received the Alan Merriam Book Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology.
Silverman has been at the UO since 1980, and is currently head of the Department of Anthropology. Her book details her years of research on Romani music and culture, and the Roma people's place as Europe’s largest ethnic minority. It traces the impacts on their people of movements such as socialism and anti-migrant sentiments from the 1970s to now.
The annual prize is named after a pioneer researcher in the anthropology of music. The purpose is to recognize the most distinguished, published English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology.
- by Katherine Cook, UO Strategic Communications intern