Michael B. Bakan is Professor of Ethnomusicology and
Head of World Music at Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA. He has
published widely on the ethnomusicology of autism, Balinese gamelan music, and world music pedagogy, and serves as series editor for the Routledge Focus on World Music series. His current work aims to advance the epistemological positions of autistic self-advocacy and neurodiversity through musical engagement and ethnography.
Ursula Hemetek is Professor and head of the Institute of Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology at the University of Music and the Performing Arts Vienna. The main focus of her research is the music of minorities in Austria, and her publications in the fields of Applied ethnomusicology and Music and Minorities focus on Roma, Burgenland Croats, and recent immigrant groups. She has been Chairperson of the ICTM Study Group Music and Minorities from 1999-2017. Since 2017 she is Secretary General of the ICTM.
Elizabeth Mackinlay is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Queensland, Australia, where she teaches Arts Education, Indigenous Education, Qualitative Research Methods, and Women's Studies. She completed her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology in 1998 at the University of Adelaide and was awarded a second Ph.D. in Education from the University of Queensland in 2003. She is currently the co-editor of the Australian Journal of Indigenous Education (AJIE).
Svanibor Pettan is professor and chair of the ethnomusicology program at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Initiator and first chair of the ICTM study group on applied ethnomusicology and a founding member of the SEM Section on applied ethnomusicology, he contributes to the advancement of the field in the global arena with studies in various formats, addressing war-peace continuum, minorities, conflicts and education. He currently serves as Vice-President of the International Council for Traditional Music and as Chair of its Study Group Music and Minorities.
Brian Schrag is SIL International's Ethnomusicology and Arts Coordinator, and founder of the Center for Excellence in World Arts (Dallas, USA), a graduate program in applied ethnoarts. He has performed sustained ethnomusicological research in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon, and holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology (UCLA), an M.A. in Intercultural Studies (Wheaton, IL), and a B.S. in Cognitive Sciences (Brown University). He actively promotes artistic creativity for healing and education in communities affected by Huntington's Disease.
Zoe C. Sherinian is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Oklahoma, USA. She has published the book Tamil Folk Music as Dalit Liberation Theology (Indiana University Press, 2014), as well as articles on the indigenization of Christianity in Ethnomusicology, The World of Music and Women and Music. She has also produced and directed a documentary film on the changing status of outcaste drummers in India, This Is a Music: Reclaiming an Untouchable Drum, and is in the process of making her second film on Dalit women drummers of the Sakthi Folk Cultural Centre.
Jeffrey A. Summit holds an appointment as Research Professor in the Department of Music and Judaic Studies at Tufts University, USA, where he also serves as rabbi and Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel. His research focuses on music, identity, and spiritual experience, both in the American Jewish community and with Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Uganda. Since 2002, he has been involved in advocacy projects in Uganda supporting university education, Fair Trade, and interfaith cooperation.
Jeff Todd Titon is Professor Emeritus of music at Brown University Providence, USA, where for 27 years he directed their Ph.D. program in ethnomusicology. Widely published, he is well known as a pioneer in developing phenomenological approaches to ethnographic fieldwork, ecological approaches to musical and cultural sustainability, and an applied ethnomusicology based in reciprocity and friendship. In 2015-2016 he will hold the Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric, and Sciences at East Tennessee State University.
Holly Wissler, originally from the United States, is an applied ethnomusicologist residing in Cusco, Peru. She works in applied projects in cultural and musical preservation and representation, repatriation and use of audiovisual archives, and indigenous tourism with the Quechua Q'eros of the southern Andes and the near-extinct Wachiperi of the Amazonian Harakbut linguistic group. Holly is lecturer for National Geographic Expeditions and various US university study abroad programs in Peru, and has published widely, in English and Spanish, about her work with the Q'eros and the Wachiperi.