1. Kulturkreise, Culture Areas and Chronotopes: Old Concepts Reconsidered for the Mapping of Music Cultures Today

Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity - Britta Sweers

Marcello Sorce Keller [+-]
University of Bern
Marcello Sorce Keller, Ph.D., originally a pop music arranger who later repented and became a music scholar, is the author of What Makes Music European (Scarecrow 2012) and, with Linda Barwick, of Italy in Australia's Musical Landscapes (Lyrebrd 2012). Sorce Keller studied composition at the conservatorio di Milano and social sciences at the Università degli Studi di Milano. He received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and taught at universities in Switzerland, Italy, the USA, Australia and Malta.


'Cultural mapping' has become a central keyword in the UNESCO strategy to protect natural and world cultural heritage, including music traditions. As a tool to increase the awareness of cultural diversity it transforms the concept of intangible cultural heritage to visible items by establishing multi-dimensional profiles of cultures and communities. Cultural mapping has been used as a resource for a variety of purposes as broad as the analysis of conflict points and peace building, adaptation to climate change, sustainability management, as well as heritage debates and management. Music has been playing a significant role in each of these aspects. As this theme has rarely been explored within ethnomusicology, this collection approaches the topic of cultural mapping from four different thematic perspectives: The book starts out with historical and methodological reflections on cultural mapping in ethnomusicology, followed by an exploration on possible relation between nature/ landscape (and definition of such) and music/ sound. How exactly is landscape interrelated with music – and identified (and vice versa)? The second half focuses more specifically on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The articles not only address the broader political framework, but also thematic and geographic case studies of Intangible Cultural Heritage and music, as well as the pro of UNESCO’s endeavours.

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Sorce Keller, Marcello. 1. Kulturkreise, Culture Areas and Chronotopes: Old Concepts Reconsidered for the Mapping of Music Cultures Today. Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2020. ISBN 9781781797594. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35823. Date accessed: 24 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35823. Mar 2020

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