Somewhere Between displacement and belonging: jazz, mobility, and identity in Europe

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Jazz in Europe is largely shaped by the mobility of its actors, and informed by both the experiences ofactors on the ground and their projection of what European identity is or should be. The mobility provided forEuropean Union Member States by the Schengen Area has exploded the ways in which Europeans perceive andcollaborate with each other. Jazz musicians and promoters identify mobility as part of their practices. Contextualfactors – such as easier accessibility to communication and mobility –contribute to reshaping the European jazzscene, by creating a new generation of jazz actors who seem more integrated within Europe and who more naturallydevelop collaborations with their counterparts from different countries. The official discourse of the EU oftenstresses the notion of ‘Europeanness’ as a set of fundamental abilities. Promoting mobility of its citizens is a keyaspect to ultimately inform the notion of a Pan-European ideal. However, contrasts between European counties,such as geographical and economic peripherality and centrality, and differentiated cultural and education policies,still stand as significant challenges to those who operate in the field. The fact that mobility opportunities for artistsacross Europe are still irregular raises a number of questions around music practices, identity, aesthetics, and therole of the different actors within the ecology of jazz in Europe
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-145
Number of pages7
JournalMusic and Human Mobility. Redefining Community in Intercultural Context
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


  • Europe
  • cultural policies
  • jazz
  • identity
  • mobility
  • networks
  • collectives


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