11. Mapping and Representing Musical Diversity in Switzerland: The Role of Musicians, Ethnomusicologists and Officials

Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity - Britta Sweers

Marc-Antoine Camp [+-]
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Marc-Antoine Camp received his Ph.D. at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) after studies in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and anthropology. At the University of Zurich he worked at the Archives of Ethnomusicology, and since 2008 he has been a researcher at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. His research and publications focus on music education, the transmission of musical knowledge, and the concept of intangible cultural heritage in Switzerland, Brazil, and China.
Brigitte Bachmann-Geiser [+-]
University of Music, Vienna
Brigitte Bachmann-Geiser, Ph.D., specialises in organology. Her work includes inventorying folk musical instruments in Switzerland (1971-1977), publishing the Swiss contribution for the Handbuch der europäischen Volksmusikinstrumente, and conceptualizing expositions (Kornhaus Burgdorf, Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg). She has published several books, over 200 articles, 35 records, and a selection of films about traditional music and musical instruments. Her work has been recognised with awards from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Bernese Cantonal Music Commission, with the Premio Giuseppe Pittrè of Palermo University, and the Walter Deutsch-Preis of the Österreichischen Bundesministeriums für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur. In 2000 she became Honorary Professor at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau.
Patricia Jäggi [+-]
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Patricia Jäggi has been a researcher at the Music School of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts since 2012. She completed her Ph.D. at University of Basel with a study on post-war listening cultures, exemplified by the sounds of Swiss Radio International, in a project titled “Broadcasting Swissness”, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Previously, Patricia Jäggi studied cultural analysis, German studies, art history, and general and comparative literature at the Universities of Berne and Zurich. Her research interests are sound studies, anthropology, and ethnography of the senses and of perception, as well as radio anthropology and history.
Dieter Ringli [+-]
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Dieter Ringli studied musicology and ethnomusicology at the University of Zurich. He received his Ph.D. with a thesis on traditional Swiss music in 2003 and worked as a senior lecturer at the Archives of Ethnomusicology at the University of Zurich until 2008. Since 2001 Dieter Ringli has been a lecturer on history of music at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Music School) and, since 2008, also on aesthetics of popular music and ethnomusicology at the Zurich University of the Arts. He is an active musician in the contemporary folk scene of Switzerland with his band Drüdieter.


'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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Camp, Marc-Antoine; Bachmann-Geiser, Brigitte; Jäggi, Patricia ; Ringli, Dieter. 11. Mapping and Representing Musical Diversity in Switzerland: The Role of Musicians, Ethnomusicologists and Officials. Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2020. ISBN 9781781797594. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35835. Date accessed: 27 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35835. Mar 2020

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