Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity - Britta Sweers

Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity - Britta Sweers


Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity - Britta Sweers

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.


The final chapters of the book contain three different ethnomusicological case studies on performing arts (such as music, dance, singing and festivals etc.) as one domain of intangible cultural heritage defined by the Convention. One unifying element of these case studies is the application of fieldwork as a central research method. Through fieldwork, the authors are able to gradually extract the concepts, expectations, influences and discourses surrounding the history of musical practices – considered as important cultural assets that need to be preserved – and how this affects the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. Beyond that, the ethnographic (applied) approach to intangible cultural heritage allows the researcher to position her- or himself within the field, and thus to take a critical and self-reflexive perspective on the role of the ethnomusicologist within the context and process of heritagization of musical traditions.

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Ross, Sarah. Introduction. Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 251-255 Feb 2020. ISBN 9781781797594. Date accessed: 04 Dec 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35837. Feb 2020

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