Music and Imagined Communities. Articulations of the Self and the Other in the Musical Realm

Music and Imagined Communities. Articulations of the Self and the Other in the Musical Realm

History and Civilization Department, European University Institute
Vom - Bis
28.10.2011 - 29.10.2011
Waligorska, Magdalena

The present conference addresses the potential of music for generating collective identities, not only on the national level, but also in the translational context of gender, class, ethnicity, etc. The particular approach to the “musically imagined communities” that it proposes, however, is that which opens the analysis of music and identity-formation to include not only the ways music generates belonging and allows collectivities to imagine themselves as communities, but also the ways the musical experience generates boundaries, alienation, stigmatization and exclusion.


Music and imagined communities.
Articulations of the self and other in the musical realm.
28-29 October 2011, European University Institute, Florence

Friday, 28th October 2011

Opening Session

9.00-9.30 Heinz-Gerhard Haupt and Magdalena Waligorska Opening Address/Greeting

9.30-10.15 Philip Bohlman (University of Chicago), Key-note Speech

10.15-11.00 Paul Anderson (University of Michigan) “Poignancy and Belonging: Modern Jazz and the Public Life of Private Feeling”

11.00-11.15 coffee break

11.15-12.45 Performing the Self, Performing the Other

Philippe Gumplowicz (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) “The Performative Song and the Question of the Other.”

Oksana Sarkisova (Central European University Budapest) “Sing With Us, Sing Like Us! The Soft Power of Musical Films during the Cold War.”

Patrick Wood (Boston University) “From Gypsies to Gauchos: Identity and Imagined Others in Ginastera’s Pampeana No.1 and Ravel’s Tzigane.”

12.45-14.00 lunch

14.00-15.30 Music, the Hegemonic and the Marginal

Katharine Leiska (Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg) “The North as the Self and the Other. Scandinavian Composers’ Symphonies in German Concert Halls around 1900”

Ostap Sereda (Lviv) “Russian and Ukrainian Musical Plays in the Kyiv City Theater in the Second Half of the 19th Century: Contest or Concord?”

Magdalena Waligórska (Free University Berlin) “The Klezmer Revival and Marginal Jewish Identities. Case of Kraków and Berlin”

Ana Sobral (Constance University) “Performing Cosmopolitanism: Gogol Bordello and the Global Underdogs”

15.30-16.00 coffee break

16.00-17.30 Music, Political Agency and the Subversive

Robert Adlington (Nottingham University) “Imagining Anarchy: Community and Self in the Instant Composers Pool”

Gesa Zur Nieden (University of Mainz) “Communities of ‘Critical Composing’: Henze’s and Lachenmann’s Contemporary Music between Political Commitment and Social Isolation”.

Oliver Mueller (Max Planck Institute, Berlin) “Old Pleasures without New Emotions? Performances of the Berlin Philharmonic in the Second World War”

Linda Braun (Johns Hopkins University) “‘The World Goes ‘Round to the Sound of the International Rag!’ Ragtime in Imperial Germany and the Formation of Imagined Communities”

Saturday, 29th October 2011

9.00-10.30 Music and Nationalism

Ryan Weber (University of Connecticut) “’All and All Kinds’ The Discourse of Identity in Edvard Grieg’s Last Vocal Works”

Aurelie Barbuscia (EUI, Florence) “The Awakening of the National Concern in French Music. Inventing a ‘French Musical Tradition’ with or without Rossini”

Adam Mestyan (EUME, Berlin) “Music Theatre as Patriotic State Culture? Egypt, 1882-1892”

Markian Prokopovych (Central European University, Budapest) “The Budapest Opera House, the Audience and the Press 1884-1918.”

10.30-10.45 coffee break

10.45-12.15 Music and the Creation of Transnational Identities

Ayhan Erol (Dokuz Eylul University) “The Glocalization of Islamic Popular Music: The Case of Turkish Islamic Pop”

Mario Dunkel (Technische Universität Dortmund) “Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and the Aesthetics of Pan-Africanism.”

Tal Soker (Tel-Aviv University) “The Mediterranean Style: From Pan-Semitism to Israeli Jewish Nationality”

Ailbhe Kenny (University of Limerick) “‘Between the Jigs and the Reels (in Cyberspace)’ – Investigating an Irish Traditional Music Online Community”

12.15-14.00 lunch

14.00-15.30 Music, Diaspora and Displacement

Davide Ceriani (Columbia University) “Opera as Social Agent: The Metropolitan Opera House and New York City’s Italian Community during the Early Twentieth Century”

Ulrike Praeger (Boston University) “Between Borders and Identities: Music’s Role in ‘Sudeten-German’ Expulsion”

Heidrun Friese (Ruhr-University Bochum) “’Ya l'babour, ya mon amour’ – Raï, Rap and the Desire to Escape”

15.30-15.45 coffee break

15.45-17.00 Music and Gendered Identities

Josephine Hoegaerts (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) “’As it echoes South and North’ Belgian Children Singing the Nation into the Landscape at the End of the Nineteenth Century”

Rouven Kunstmann (Oxford University) “Josephine Baker. European Aesthetics in the Making of the ‘Other’”

Janet Youngdahl (University of Lethbridge, Alberta) “Ordering virtue and learning from antiphons and responsories: Hildegard’s music and text as a builder of collective identity”

17.00-18.00 Final Discussion Round

Philip Bohlman (Chicago University)
Paul Anderson (University of Michigan)
Ute Frevert (Max Planck Institute Berlin)
Philipp Ther (Vienna University)
Heinz-Gerhard Haupt (EUI Florence)


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