Mr. Taylor Haney
Specialization: Ethnomusicology
Home institution in US: Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
Host Institution in India: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Mr. Taylor Haney graduated with a B.A. in English and music from Amherst College, Massachusetts in May 2012. From July 2011 to May 2012, he worked for The Common, a literary magazine based at Amherst College, as a student intern in charge of the magazine’s social media presence. His interests are broad, but he especially enjoys learning about cultures of Buddhism, ethnomusicology, documentary filmmaking, fiction, musicology, ethnography, music engineering, literary studies, diaspora studies and interdisciplinary fields thereof. After completing his Fulbright grant, he hopes to continue his education by studying diasporic music at a graduate school for ethnomusicology.

For his Fulbright research project, “Tibetan Music in North India: Preservation, Authority, and Authenticity,” he will study the impact of diaspora on the musical traditions of Tibetan refugees at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) in Dharamsala, the largest diasporic Tibetan community. He chose LTWA for its extensive audio/visual archives and its founding mission of Tibetan cultural studies. He will divide his research between formal study (to gain a firm understanding of Tibet’s musical traditions) and ethnographic fieldwork (to evaluate their contemporary realities), and will complete his year with a compendium of recorded music and a written analysis of its significance to the Tibetan diaspora.