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Garrett Field

Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology


Garrett Field

Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology

Garrett Field is Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and the School of Music. He conducts research about Sinhalese songwriters and poets who lived in colonial and independent Sri Lanka. He also performs South Indian classical music and leads the Ohio University Indian Music Ensemble. Field has received support for his research from Ohio University’s Baker Fund Award as well as the Fulbright-Hays Award.


Research Interests

Sri Lanka; Sinhala Art Song; Sinhala Poetry; Improvisation in South Indian Classical Music.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

2014. “Music for Inner Domains: Sinhala Song and the Arya and Hela Schools of Cultural Nationalism in Colonial Sri Lanka.” The Journal of Asian Studies 73(4):1–16. Forthcoming.


2013. “‘Handa Eliya’ (The Moonlight): Mahagama Sekera’s Experimental Prose.” Sagar: A South Asia Research Journal XXI:16–27.


2012. “Commonalities of Creative Resistance: Regional Nationalism in Rapiyel Tennakoon’s Bat Language and Sunil Santha’s Song for the Mother Tongue.” The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities 38(1/2):1–24.


2010. “From Threatened by Modernity to Reinvented by Modernity: The History of the History of Indian Classical Music, 1980–2006.” Ethnomusicology Review 15:1–6.


Academic Workshops Organized

2013. “Wisi Wana Siyavasē Śrī Lankāwē Sarala Gītaya, Samāja Dēśapālana Wenasa, saha Sinhala Sāhitya Sanskrutiya” [Sinhala Light-Classical Song, Sociopolitical Change, and Sinhala Literary Culture in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka]. Sinhala-language workshop of 15 participants. Sponsored by the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies. Colombo, Sri Lanka. August 3.


Book Project in Progress

Revivalists, Romantics, and Realists: Songwriters and Poets in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka

Educational Background:

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Michigan; Master of Music, Wesleyan University; Doctor of Philosophy, Wesleyan University