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Transforming Ethnomusicology Volume II

Political, Social & Ecological Issues

Edited by Beverley Diamond and Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco

Publication Date - 09 March 2021

ISBN: 9780197517567

270 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

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Transforming Ethnomusicology aims to deepen and broaden dialogues about social engagement within the discipline of ethnomusicology.


For decades, ethnomusicologists across the world have considered how to affect positive change for the communities they work with. Through illuminating case studies and reflections by a diverse array of scholars and practitioners, Transforming Ethnomusicology aims to both expand dialogues about social engagement within ethnomusicology and, at the same time, transform how we understand ethnomusicology as a discipline.

The second volume of Transforming Ethnomusicology takes as a point of departure the recognition that colonial and environmental damages are grounded in historical and institutional failures to respect the land and its peoples. Featuring Indigenous and other perspectives from Brazil, North America, Australia, Africa, and Europe this volume critically engages with how ethnomusicologists can support marginalized communities in sustaining their musical knowledge and threatened geographies.


  • Critically engages with collaboration and social engagement in ethnomusicological practice
  • Offers innovative models for transforming research methodologies and institutional structures
  • Provides fresh considerations of the intersection of music and ecological issues
  • Features perspectives from Indigenous authors to counter the field's Western-centrism

About the Author(s)

Beverley Diamond is Professor Emerita at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she served as the first Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology and founded and directed the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP) from 2003-15. Diamond is known for her feminist music research and her work on Canadian cultural historiography and Indigenous music cultures in North America and Scandinavia.

Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she founded and directs the Ethnomusicology Institute - Center for the Study of Music and Dance (INET-md). Her publications focus on cultural politics, musical nationalism, identity, music media, modernity, heritagization, and music and conflict in Portugal, Egypt, and Oman.


"A highly original and unusually rewarding read. If anyone wondered what twenty-first century ethnomusicology could become, Transforming Ethnomusicology provides creative ideas and inspiration. Bursting with fresh insights, it speaks to issues of major concern and defines the field." -- Lee Tong Soon, Lehigh University, general editor of the Yearbook for Traditional Music

"A testament to the labor of activism, advocacy, and community involvement, Transforming Ethnomusicology lays the groundwork for contemporary practices in applied research that frame the multidimensional roles of scholarly involvement in music-driven social justice — a timely contribution to the field." -- Adriana Helbig, Associate Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh

Table of Contents

    Ethnomusicological Praxis: An Introduction
    Beverley Diamond and Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco
    Chapter 1: A Sound Economy
    Jeff Todd Titon
    Chapter 2: Music for Global Human Development
    Michael Frishkopf
    Chapter 3: Reengaging Sound Praxis in the Real World: Politico-Epistemological Dimensions of Dialogue and Participation in Knowledge Production
    Samuel Araujo
    Chapter 4: Silenced Registers of Ethnomusicological Academic Labor under Neoliberalism
    Ana Hofman
    Chapter 5: Sonic Mapping and Critical Citizenship: Reflections on LimerickSoundscapes
    Aileen Dillane and Tony Langlois
    Chapter 6: The Earth Is (Still) Our Mother: Traversing Indigenous Landscapes through Sacred Geographies of Song
    Chad Hamill
    Chapter 7: The Modernity of the Songlines
    Rhoda Roberts
    Chapter 8: Music Endangerment, Repatriation and Intercultural Collaboration in an Australian Discomfort Zone
    Sally Treloyn and Rona Goonginda Charles
    Chapter 9: Dancing Domba: Intersections of Ethnomusicology, Music Education, and Research with Children and Young People
    Andrea Emberly and Mudzunga Junniah Davhula
    Chapter 10: Ethical Friction: IRBs, Ethnolmusicological Ethics, and Music in an American Jail
    Andy McGraw
    Chapter 11: Ethnomusicology and the Meeting of Knowledges in Music: The Inclusion of Masters of Traditional Musics as Lecturers in Higher Education Institutions
    José Jorge de Carvalho

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