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Popular music studies: methodological conundrums
Wed 12 October 2016, 16:00 – 17:30 BST
‘Ethnomusicology of the hegemonic’: Methodological dilemmas - Dr. Fiorella Montiero, Keele University
Full abstract at this link
Anthropology, sociology and musicology started out as disciplines studying the ‘noble savages’ or ‘primitives’. In 1972 anthropologist Laura Nader encouraged scholars to depart from this focus and “study up”, that is to study people and institutions with power, influence, wealth and authority in their communities. However, there continues to be an expectation for studies of inequality and racism to examine only one side of the social spectrum: the marginal.
“Studying up” at home among the powerful and influential, particularly without belonging to these elite spaces, entails challenges including: How do I access those circles? Do ethnographic rules apply unchanged when studying the upper classes? How can I as an ethnomusicologist balance scholarly obligations towards elite collaborators with obligations towards those whose lives are profoundly impacted by upper class agencies? This presentation will explore the ethnographic methodological dilemmas, mistakes/successes, approaches, and strategies of studying up as a Peruvian in Peru.
Documenting musically influenced subcultures - Roy Wallace, University of Northampton
In my presentation I will outline some of the PhD research I have generated as a documentary practitioner as my interest focuses on various subcultures and the musical influences which underpin their philosophies. I will outline and explore some of the key issues involved in DIY or ‘amateur’ approaches to documentary work in comparison to some of the ‘professional’ work I have undertaken for the BBC and Channel Four Television. In my recent research work I have been exploring the immediacy of internet streaming and the historiographies of subcultures with a particular emphasis on the Anarcho-punk scene, however I am currently working on a project with punk legends the Buzzcocks which is due for release 2017 as part of the forty year celebration of Punk in the UK.
About the speakers
Dr. Fiorella Montero-Diaz is an ethnomusicologist, sound engineer and educator. She is currently a Lecturer in Music at Keele University and the Administrator and Archivist of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology. Her research explores music hybridity, race, class, the elites and social conflict in contemporary Lima-Peru.
Roy Wallace is a Senior Lecturer in Media Production at the University of Northampton with a background as musician, art practitioner and tour manager for various artists. Examples of his work can be accessed at: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/news/art-of-punk-conference-2016/