Music, Mobility and Citizenship: Navigation Tips

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Questioning mobility of people and music is coming to the forefront of Ethnomusicology, namely from thesphere of music and migration studies. Political implications in approaches to nationalism and related criticalassessments (Smith 1986, 1991, 1998, 2002 and Guibernau 2004) are touched in some studies that relate this fieldof inquiry with those of music and power, political propaganda, identity and protest (Baily & Collyer 2006, Côrte-Real 2010, Scheding & Levi 2010, Toynbee & Dueck 2011). Theoretical discussions move this field of socialresponsibility. Valuing subject-centred perceptions of moving citizens, music producers, mediators, researchers andlisteners, this paper focuses on moving processes to highlight complex dynamic structures involved in them. To doso it uses elementary knowledge from Navigation Sciences. The idea is to metaphorically point at relative relationsspecific to mobility, underestimated in Social Sciences. Challenging established sets of categories fromclassifications of music genres, nationalist perceptions and historical constructs it equates close and distant forcesneeded to locate positions in the process from previously determined ones. Information for this study was collectedin field and archival work done in the Music Departments and the Centre for Ethnomusicology at ColumbiaUniversity in New York and the Institute of Ethnomusicology at the New University of Lisbon, the Sailing School ofthe Naval Association of Lisbon and the BMW Sailing Academy of Terra Incógnita, also in Lisbon. Public stateowned and private documentation sets were useful as were the moments among fado and other Lusophone songs’practitioners, from 1988 to 2016.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-105
Number of pages7
JournalMusic and Human Mobility: Cultural Interface, Ethnomusicology and Performance
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference Music and Human Mobility - Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 7 Jun 20169 Jun 2016
Conference number: 5


  • Migration and politics
  • Navigation and Social Sciences
  • national constructs
  • music mobility and citizenship
  • Ethnomusicology and Lisbon


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