Scholar, Activist, Producer & Cultural Worker
Amy Horowitz is interested in the unlikely coalitions and inevitable contradictions in music cultures and everyday lives. Dr. Horowitz has over four decades of experience in the academic world, the music industry, and grassroots social justice arts networks. Her main research interests are global indigenous studies, the study of music in disputed territory, contemporary Jerusalem, Arab Jewish popular music and protest music as responsible citizenship. She believes in coalition across differences, and has long fought against racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia and misogyny. Her work in cross-cultural and multiracial coalitions includes co-founding Roadwork and Sisterfire and serving as artist representative for Sweet Honey in the Rock 1977 – 1994. Her activist work complements her academic background that combines training in Jewish studies and ethnomusicology (MA, New York University, 1986) with folklore and Israeli studies (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1994).
We're still able to express our purpose to fight racism, sexism and abuse through culture and arts.
– Amy Horowitz, Washington Post 6-27-1987, 5th Anniversary of Sisterfire
Photo by Sharon Farmer, courtesy of Roadwork Oral History and Documentary Project
Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic
“Amy Horowitz brings a sonic snapshot of a dynamic music culture that is constantly evolving – one that she claims had already changed its contours before she wrote the last sentence of this book. The music, a hybrid outpouring from Israel’s ethnic ghettos, is at the core of an emerging community identity. Horowitz brilliantly creates a multilayered hybrid weave- a story that, like the music it presents, is cultural aesthetic, and political in its breadth” ~ Bernice Johnson Reagon, cultural historian and singer/composer
(Global Arts Language Arts Culture Tradition Indigenous Communities)
Pictured right: Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi, Dean Wesley Thomas and Dr. Amy Horowitz
GALACTIC – Global Indigenous Studies at Navajo Technical University
Check out a list of articles, audio & video we have gathered about Sisterfire 2018.