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Call for submissions to a special issue of the World of Music journal

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Call for submissions to a special issue of the World of Music journal

Sharing space? Sharing culture? Applied experiments in music-making across borders

This special issue of the World of Music Journal considers the nature of the work done in ‘applied’ music workshops and performances that seek to ‘create bridges’ across cultures, to bring participants from different communities into ‘shared spaces’, and to highlight shared heritage across political borders. What agendas are privileged, and what forms of representation are entailed? What kinds of sharing take place within university-based ensembles, collaborative performances and workshops, and what is the impact of such initiatives beyond the obvious musical and social exchange that transpires in these spaces? A decade ago, in Performing Ethnomusicology (ed. Solis 2004), various ethnomusicologists presented the perceptions and projections surrounding university “world music” ensembles. While student practitioners and ensemble directors endeavoured to faithfully represent the traditions they were studying, few of them framed their praxis in terms of activism, collaboration, or the political de-centering inherent in embodied learning.

The issue will explore these issues via diverse case studies from universities around the world, considering them from the perspectives of the various actors involved. We argue that within performance and teaching contexts, music-making may serve as a way of deconstructing conventional narrative and authority. Performing knowledge through non-rhetorical means produces contrasting ways of understanding political and historical experience by inviting a multiplicity of competing voices and interpretations. Embodied learning provides useful ways to explore the cognitive dissonance that is a daily experience for people living in contested zones. Careful attention to the experiences of audiences or participants can texture the understandings that either frame the arts in zones of conflict as purely resistant or purely 'harmonious'. We propose that embodied approaches have the potential to make our intellectual work more inclusive, and that musical collaborations may facilitate a kind of collaborative ethnography that transcends academic, language-based discourse, thus opening up new avenues for not just participatory research between artists and academics but also participatory critical thinking.

Co-editors: Abigail Wood avigail.wood@gmail.com and Rachel Harris rh@soas.ac.uk

We welcome informal queries, or 300 word chapter abstracts

Deadline for abstracts: 20 December 2016

Deadline for chapter drafts: 1 May 2017

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