Musicological Observations (7): Articles and Links from Ethnomusicology DebatePosted: August 14, 2016 Filed under: Academia, Music - General, Musical Education, Musicology | Tags: alexander lingas, ben smith, city university london, ethnomusicology, ian pace, laudan nooshin, michael spitzer, nicholas cook, paul harper-scott, rachel cunniffe, tore lind 2 Comments
On June 1st, 2016, there took place at City University a debate on the subject ‘Are we all Ethnomusicologists now?’, with a panel consisting of Amanda Bayley, Tore Lind, Laudan Nooshin, Michael Spitzer, and myself, chaired by Alexander Lingas. The starting point for the debate was Nicholas Cook’s article ‘We Are All (Ethno)musicologists Now’, in The New (Ethno)musicologies, ed. Henry Stobart (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008), pp. 48-70.
Here is a video of the full debate.
Various statements from the debate and responses have been posted on my blog and that of Music at City. Here are all of these.
Position Statement of Ian Pace
Position Statement of Laudan Nooshin
Position Statement of Michael Spitzer
(My statement and that of Spitzer can also be viewed on the City blog here)
There are also reports and responses to the event from Ben Smith and Rachel Cunniffe here.
Here is a long section from the book The Quilting Points of Musical Modernism, by Paul Harper-Scott, cited by Nooshin in her statement, together with further reflections on the subject from me.
And here is my response to Nooshin’s statement, together with a series of ethnographically sourced statements of other musicologists’ and students’ experiences of ethnomusicology and ethnomusicologists.
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