Prof. Diane Thram
Associate Professor/Director: ILAM: D Thram [PhD (Indiana)]
Thram, Diane (email@example.com) PhD Ethnomusicology, Indiana University (1999), is Associate Professor and Director of the International Library of African Music (ILAM), a research archive attached to the Music Department at Rhodes University, since 2006. She came to ILAM/Rhodes University in 1999 to develop the Ethnomusicology Programme in cooperation with the Music Department and served as Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology through 2005. She has published numerous articles and book chapters from her research on the therapeutic efficacy of music making in the indigenous religions of the Shona and Xhosa in Southern Africa and also from her research on media control in Zimbabwe. As Director of ILAM, she has re-launched its accredited academic journal, African Music, secured funding for professional cataloguing, digitizing, and creation of web access to ILAM’s holdings, and directs the National Arts Council and National Heritage Council funded ILAM research and repatriation initiatives, the ILAM-Red Location Music History Project and the ILAM Music Heritage Project SA . Designed to repatriate music from ILAM’s Hugh Tracey Collections through the South African schools, the ILAM Music Heritage Project SA is creating and publishing African Music Education textbooks for grades 7-9 and 10-12.