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Music matters: retrieving musical affect in anthropology 
Paula Braz (University of São Paulo - University of Barcelona)
Kjetil Klette Bøhler (University of South East Norway)
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Wednesday 24 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

Music has been present in ordinary life and at the core of important moments in different societies. We invite contributions based on ethnographic research that discuss musical practices beyond their performative aspect, reflecting on their role and agency in the shaping of a given context.

Long Abstract:

Anthropology's take on musical practices over the years has recognized music as having a crucial role in the shaping of cultures and societies (Blacking, 1973), and has provided important contributions to the understanding of how music is signified within and through specific social contexts. Recent approaches have situated musical affect not as an isolated musical fact, but as a product of human interaction with one another and with music's own materiality (DeNora, 2017). They stress overall its relational quality by adopting the perspective of agency (Latour, 2006). Music acts, indeed, upon society: for instance, jingles can change the odds of an election (Bohler, 2021); musical projects can legitimate national policies of development (Baker, 2017, 2021), or even engender local initiatives of social impact (Braz, 2021). Inspired by these takes, this panel invites contributions based on ethnographically engaged work that reflect on musical subjects by addressing how people act with and through music and, moreover, how music acts on and through people. We expect works that discuss the role of musical acts in the shaping of a given context, focusing on their affective quality over social processes. Considering the particularities of researching these matters, we welcome works that combine different methodologies and forms of presentation. We also encourage reflections on how an audiovisual approach can help capturing the affective aspects of musical acts in society, as well as the challenges it poses in the context of an increasingly technologized and hyper-connected world.

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Session 1 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -