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musics of non-Anglo communities in the USA, February 2014
full name / name of organization:
claude chastagner université paul-valéry, montpellier 3, France
The Musics of the Non-Anglo Communities in the USA in the 21st Century: Technology, Economy, Identity
The forthcoming special issue of the on-line journal InMedia will be devoted to the musics of the non-Anglo communities in the USA in the 21st century, focusing on identity, technological, and economic issues.
For decades, numerous musical styles have been thriving in the USA, whose origins are not in Anglo-American communities: Bhangra, an off-shoot of the Indo-Pakistani diaspora; Cajun and Zydeco, in Francophone Louisiana; the various styles of the Chicano communities, from conjunto, Norteña, and banda to narcocorridos; salsa, rooted in the Cuban, Puerto-Rican, and Dominican immigration; Klezmer, increasingly outside Jewish circles; the polkas and tamburitzas of the Scandinavian and central/eastern European communities of the upper Midwest; the sounds of the various East, and Southeast Asian groups, and many more. These musics have received enthusiastic, but irregular academic attention. However, in recent years, researchers, both within and outside the USA, have increasingly mapped and analyzed them.
This issue aims at exploring these styles in the light of the most recent technological and economic developments. Rather than approaching them from a musicological perspective and studying them in terms of composition, instrumentation, style, etc., our ambition is to inscribe them in their time and place, and investigate their connection with their social, economic, political, and cultural environment. Interdisciplinary perspectives are welcome, including archives and reception analysis, comparative history, sociology and anthropology, postcolonial, visual, and media studies. We invite articles that explore, among others, the following issues:
Proposals for articles (150 words + a short biography) must be sent to Claude Chastagner (firstname.lastname@example.org). They shall feature the first and last name, status, affiliation, and electronic address of the author.
Deadline for proposals: September 30, 2013