MUSICultures solicits articles for publication in a special issue on Generational Frictions in Musical Ethnography of South Asia, guest edited by Dr. Margaret E. Walker, Queen’s University, and Dr. Kaley Mason, Lewis & Clark College. We also continue to solicit articles on any topic related to our mandate.
In the 1990s, musical ethnographies became more attuned to the ways in which the complexity of human relations shape the research process. This reflexive turn encouraged more nuanced treatment of gender, class, and caste in studies of the performing arts of South Asia and its diasporas. However, few musical ethnographies have examined intersections between age groups. This special issue will consider how generational affinities and frictions inform and complicate ethnographic research. We are particularly interested in reflexive accounts that explore how the researcher’s subjectivity and positionality interact with those of research consultants, including musicians, teachers and co-intellectuals, and how these relationships may have affected methodology, perspectives, and representational strategies. Which relational aspects are we still likely to ignore, why, and how might they alter or deepen our narratives of generational change? For example, how have established and new lines of inquiry, including performance, identities, histories, mobilities, and activism, shaped research between generations of scholars? How might cultural assumptions about the importance of gender or sexual orientation affect our understanding of generational cohorts and musical taste in South Asia? In what ways have new media strengthened or weakened intergenerational bonds? How are generational frictions expressed musically in communities of worship and wider political arenas? We thus invite papers addressing the intersection of ethnography with multiple themes, including but not limited to generational frictions and cohorts, youth culture, aging, aspirational mobility, memory and nostalgia, intermediality, intimacies, and livelihoods.
MUSICultures is the peer-reviewed journal of The Canadian Society for Traditional Music / La Société canadienne pour les traditions musicales. It is a refereed journal published twice a year under the auspices of the Society. Membership in CSTM is not a prerequisite for publication.
MUSICultures publishes original articles in English and French on a wide range of topics in ethnomusicology, traditional music research, and popular music studies. MUSICultures welcomes articles on music in Canadian contexts as well as scholarship on any relevant issues in relation to any music practices in the world or to global processes. The journal also publishes reviews of books, and sound and visual recordings.
Articles are normally in the range of 6,000-7,500 words. The deadline for complete manuscripts is September 5, 2016.