Julia Byl

Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology
University of Alberta

Julia Byl is Associate Professor in ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta. She moved to Canada in 2015, after three years as a postdoctoral fellow at King's College London, on Katherine Butler Schofield's ERC project, "Musical Transitions to Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean." Her monograph, Antiphonal Histories: Resonant Pasts in the Toba Batak Musical Present was published in 2014 by Wesleyan, and Fall 2023 saw the publication of Sounding the Indian Ocean, co-edited with Jim Sykes, by the University of California Press. She is also in the midst of editing a documentary film on the work of Saleem and Regula Qureshi, called Poets in the Living Room: Towards a Domestic Ethnomusicology. Julia's newest project, "Civic Modulations," explores public music, the individual, and the transnational institution in one of the world's newest nation states, and involves archival and ethnographic research in Dili, East Timor as well as Portugal, Jakarta and The Hague. Julia is currently the president of the Canadian Society for Traditional Music.