2. Mancunian Irish: Identity, Cultural Intimacy and Musical Hybridization – Urban Ethnomusicology and Cultural Mapping

Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity - Britta Sweers

Svend Kjeldsen [+-]
University of Limerick
Svend Kjeldsen, Ph.D., is a musician, ethnomusicologist and psychologist. For more than twenty years he toured as a professional musician all over Europe, composed many musical pieces and contributed to several albums. Kjeldsen has taught at Aarhus University, University of Limerick and at music schools all over Europe. He has done research on the bodhrán, on lilting and on British-Irish music. Publications include topics like music and migration, cultural politics, regional and local Irish music traditions, trends on the European-Celtic music scene, contemporary bodhrán playing techniques, the origins of bodhrán and bones and other organological subjects.


'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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Kjeldsen, Svend. 2. Mancunian Irish: Identity, Cultural Intimacy and Musical Hybridization – Urban Ethnomusicology and Cultural Mapping. Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2020. ISBN 9781781797594. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35824. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35824. Mar 2020

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