Continuing Adjunct Associate Professor (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)
Dr. Margaret E. Walker joined the School of Music at Queen’s in 2006, where she teaches courses in ethnomusicology, Western music history, world music and music education, and is also cross-appointed to the graduate program in Cultural Studies. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Musicology/Ethnomusicology) and the Royal Conservatory of Music Professional School (Piano Performance and Pedagogy). Her monograph, India’s Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective (SOAS Series in Musicology, Ashgate, 2014), examines and deconstructs the accepted history of the North Indian classical dance form, kathak and proposes an alternate reading. She has visited India many times conducting fieldwork, studied kathak dance with a number of eminent teachers in both Canada and India between 1996 and 2006, and has performed in Toronto, Ottawa, and Delhi.
Dr. Walker is a regular presenter at international scholarly conferences, and has book chapters on various cultural, historical, and choreographic aspects of kathak dance in the collections Dance Matters: A Reader on South Asian Dance (Routledge, 2010), Music, Dance, and the Art of Seduction (Eburon Academic Press, 2013), The Oxford Handbook of Music Revivals (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Traditional Musics in Canada: Contemporary Expressions and Cultural Resonances (forthcoming). Her articles on topics ranging from Indian folk traditions to music cognition can be found in The Journal of the Indian Musicological Society, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, MUSICultures, CRME Bulletin and Canadian Music Educators’ Journal, and she has had reviews published in Dance Research Journal, MUSICultures, South Asia Research, The British Forum for Ethnomusicology and University of Toronto Quarterly. She was a member of the “Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean” research team, an international group of ten scholars who worked together between 2011 and 2015, and has publications forthcoming from that project. Other areas of Dr Walker’s research include musical and cultural exchange, Indo-Canadian dance, and a new collaborative project with Gordon E. Smith on “Kingston’s Musical Communities.”
Dr. Walker served as the Director of the School of Music between 2010 and 2015, and was instrumental in the creation of the new School of Drama and Music. She is on sabbatical leave in 2015-16.