Agawu honored with Harrison Medal

Professor of music Kofi Agawu has been awarded the 2009 Harrison Medal from the Society for Musicology in Ireland.

The award recognizes musical scholarship of international distinction and leadership in the international musicology community. It was presented to Agawu, a specialist in musicology, on July 10 in Dublin at the joint plenary conference of the Society for Musicology and the Royal Musical Association.

Agawu, who has taught at Princeton since 1998, teaches classes on African music and classical music. He received the Society for Music Theory's Outstanding Publication Award in 1994 for his first book, "Playing With Signs: A Semiotic Interpretation of Classic Music." His other recent books include "Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions" and "Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music." Agawu won the Royal Musical Association's Dent Medal in 1992.