Transdisciplinary and -cultural Approaches to Paraguayan Music Studies

Music, Meaning and Value in Paraguayan Song - Alfredo C Colman

Alfredo C Colman [+-]
Baylor University
Alfredo Colman is Associate Professor in Musicology/Ethnomusicology at Baylor University. He received his education at Belmont University (BM), Baylor University (MM), and the University of Texas (Ph.D.). In 2012, he was recipient of the Belmont Encore Award, and in 2014 he was named Baylor Centennial Professor. Colman has authored The Paraguayan Harp: from Colonial Transplant to National Emblem (2015), co-authored Thomas Robinson's New Citharen Lessons, 1609 (1997), and published articles in The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG), the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Latin American Music Review, the Folk Harp Journal, and the College Music Symposium. His areas of specialty include Latin American music nationalism and cultural identities, the folkloric and concert music of Paraguay, the Paraguayan harp as a cultural symbol, and the musical works of Paraguayan composer Florentín Giménez (1925-2021).
Simone Krüger Bridge [+-]
Liverpool John Moores University
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Simone Krüger Bridge is a Reader [Associate Professor] in Music and Chair of the APS Faculty Research Degree Committee at Liverpool John Moores University (UK). She has published two monographs, Experiencing Ethnomusicology: Teaching and Learning in European Universities (2009) and Trajectories and Themes in World Popular Music (2018), and two co-edited collections, The Globalization of Musics in Transit: Music Migration and Tourism (2014) and Ethnomusicology in the Academy: International Perspectives (2011), and is currently working on the edited The Oxford Handbook of Global Popular Music (2 volumes) published by Oxford University Press. Her research on Paraguayan music, which focuses on guitar music culture and identity, has been presented in numerous talks, conference articles, and articles, such as in the The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture (2021) and the Journal of the Royal Musical Association (2022). Her current research explores the social value of music participation in two comparative settings: Berta Rojas' music project Jeporeka 2021 and 2022, and Liverpool Cathedral's music outreach programme. Krüger Bridge is ceditor-in-chief of the Journal of World Popular Music, founding book series editor of Transcultural Music Studies (2015-2021), editorial board member for three academic journals, and has been co-editor of Ethnomusicology Forum (2010-2013), an Executive Committee member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (2019-2021), and a committee member of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (2008-2011).
Timothy D. Watkins [+-]
Texas Christian University
Timothy D. Watkins is Associate Professor of Musicology at Texas Christian University. His research centers on the musical consequences of the encounter between European and Indigenous cultures in the Americas. His articles and reviews have appeared in Ars LYRICA, The Journal of Musicological Research, The Journal of Music History Pedagogy, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, The Garland Handbook of Latin American Music, The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, and elsewhere. He is the editor of Performance Practice: Issues and Approaches, published by Steglein Press and of the forthcoming Handbook of Folk and Popular Music of Hispanic South America, published by Rowman & Littlefield. He is also working on a monograph on the importance of Guaraní cultural identity to Paraguayan musical nationalism.


Besides introducing the chapters of the book, the introduction will provide the research context to the critically under-researched music of Paraguay via an authoritative survey of existing literatures written in Spanish, English, Portuguese and other languages. This due contextualisation will lead into a discussion of the transcultural approaches underpinning the seven chapters presented in the book, and the disciplinary differences—musicology, ethnomusicology, cultural musicology, sociology, cultural theory, folklore studies— informing the authors’ cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary, transdisciplinary and international perspectives.

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Colman, Alfredo; Krüger Bridge, Simone; Watkins, Timothy. Transdisciplinary and -cultural Approaches to Paraguayan Music Studies. Music, Meaning and Value in Paraguayan Song. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2026. ISBN 9781000000000. Date accessed: 05 Mar 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44111. Oct 2026

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