Valuing research on musical traditions and performance practices
Georgia Curran (University of Sydney)
Kirsty Gillespie (Queensland Museum/James Cook University)
Kirsty Gillespie and Georgia Curran
Hancock Library, room 2.22
Tuesday 3 December, 14:00-15:45, 16:15-18:00

Short abstract:

This panel invites ethnographically-grounded papers on musical traditions and performance practices from across the world. We invite papers which show that the intellectual benefits of this work also have valuable contributions in applied community contexts.

Long abstract:

For ethnomusicologists and other researchers who study the music of the world's diverse cultures the intellectual benefits of our research are clear. Ethnomusicologists, who often come from interdisciplinary backgrounds, study 'music in its cultural context'. These musical forms are often significant forms of intangible cultural heritage, such that research with this focus is strongly valued by communities in which we work. Many ethnomusicological projects centre on engagements with archival recordings and can assist with community revitalisation efforts in contexts where musical practices are changing rapidly. Additionally, musical traditions as studied in their cultural contexts are in most cases more than art forms; research is this area is therefore holistic and researchers delve into other surrounding social and cultural practices, ecological knowledge, language, ritual forms, and historical events, amongst other areas. For this panel, we invite papers that are grounded in ethnographic fieldwork and illustrate the community benefits of research into music and performance practices. We invite papers which come from broad interdisciplinary perspectives and encourage participation from musicians, performers and community members, as well as those which include a performance or multimedia component.