- Professor of Ethnomusicology
- Core faculty affiliate of the South Asia Institute
Education BA, University of Pennsylvania; MM, Banaras Hindu University; MA, University of Hawaii at Manoa; PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research Areas Music of South Asia; rock music; The Beatles
Associated Ensembles Indian Classical MusicJavanese Gamelan
About Dr. Stephen Slawek is a professor in the ethnomusicology program at The University of Texas at Austin and a core faculty affiliate of the South Asia Institute. Specializing in the musical traditions of South Asia with secondary interests in Southeast Asian music and American popular music, his publications draw upon extensive field experience and personal studies of performance practice in India. Slawek has served on the Council and as Second Vice-President of the Society for Ethnomusicology, as a member of the Board of the Society for Asian Music, as editor of Asian Music, the Journal of the Society for Asian Music, and as Chair of the Ethnomusicology Committee of the American Institute of Indian Studies. He also has served a total of ten years as Division Head of Musicology/Ethnomusicology. His publications have addressed various issues regarding the musical traditions of South Asia. A senior disciple of the late Pandit Ravi Shankar, he is an accomplished performer on the Indian sitar.
Slawek’s course offerings range from undergraduate courses on Asian musical traditions and issues in popular music to graduate seminars addressing the history of and current issues in ethnomusicology. In addition, he directs the Indian Classical Music Ensemble and the Javanese Gamelan Ensemble and offers individual instruction on the musical instruments of those traditions. Over nearly the past four decades, Slawek has added to the diversity of musicians presented by the Butler School by organizing numerous residencies and concerts that have featured visiting artists from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa, Pakistan and India.
Courses MUS 395 Writing about MusicMUS 284P Practicum in a World Music TraditionENS 106J/ENS 186J Javanese Gamelan EnsembleENS 106N/ENS 186N North Indian Music EnsembleUGS 303 The Beatles and Beyond
Recent Publications "The Urge to Merge: Are Cross-Cultural Collaborations Destroying Hindustani Music?," in This Thing Called Music, edited by Victoria Lindsay Levine and Philip V. Bohlman. New York: Rowman and Littlefield (2015) "Ethnotheory." The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. (2019)