Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity - Britta Sweers

Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity - Britta Sweers

Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity

Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity - Britta Sweers

Britta Sweers [+-]
University of Bern
Britta Sweers, Ph.D., is Professor of Cultural Anthropology of Music at the Institute of Musicology (since 2009) and Director of the Center for Global Studies (since 2015) at the University of Bern (Switzerland). She has been President of the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM) since 2014. Major publications include Electric Folk: The Changing Face of English Traditional Music (2005), Polyphonie der Kulturen (CD/CD-ROM 2006/8), Grenzgänge – Gender, Race und Class als Wissenskategorien in der Musikwissenschaft (ed.; w. Cornelia Bartsch, 2015). She is co-editor of the European Journal of Musicology and of the Equinox book series Transcultural Music Studies.
Sarah M. Ross [+-]
Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
Sarah M. Ross is professor of Jewish music studies and director of the European Center for Jewish Music at the Hannover University of Music, Drama, and Media, Germany. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of Music and Theatre Rostock, Germany. She is author of A Season of Singing: Creating Feminist Jewish Music in the United States (Brandeis University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Judaism and Emotion: Texts, Performance, Experience (Peter Lang, 2013) and editor of the book series Jewish Music Studies (Peter Lang). Her main fields of research are Jewish music, ethnomusicological gender studies, and music and sustainability.


Cultural Mapping has become a central method within the UNESCO context that has been focusing on safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage, which likewise includes music. Yet, the method of mapping has long been neglected within ethnomusicology. Briefly sketching central framing issues of this book, such as the UNESCO and the Intangible Cultural Heritage debate, the Introduction thus addresses the question of far the approach of Cultural Mapping can be transferred to ethnomusicology. This is intertwined with central issues, such as general possibilities of musical mapping, the role of diversity with regard to the sustainability of musical environments, and the interrelation of music and landscape. Set against this background, the book is thus subdivided into four parts that address 1. the actual process of musical mapping in ethnomusicology; 2. cultural landscape and music; 3. music and the politics of the UNESCO-related Intangible Cultural Heritage debate, which is further illustrated by 4. individual case studies of music as Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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Sweers, Britta; Ross, Sarah. Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity. Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-10 Feb 2020. ISBN 9781781797594. Date accessed: 24 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35821. Feb 2020

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