Special Issue "Migratory Musics"

A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752). This special issue belongs to the section "Musical Arts and Theatre".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Florian Scheding
Guest Editor
School of Arts, University of Bristol, BS8 1TH Bristol, UK
Interests: musicology; migration studies; cultural studies; Jewish music; migratory aesthetics; diaspora and transnationalism
Dr. Tom Western
Guest Editor
Department of Geography, University College London, WC1E 6BT, London, UK
Interests: cultural geography; sound studies; migration studies; citizenship; activisms; anticolonialisms

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In a conjunctural and extended historical moment of border closures and talk of ‘unprecedented’ numbers of refugees, much scholarship follows the logic of urgency. Discourses of crisis set by media and humanitarian narratives dominate and narrate movement as problematic. This Special Issue aims to de-exceptionalise migration and counter-narratives of marginalisation. We recognise mobility as central to the human experience and listen to how music sounds our migratory journeys. In so doing, we counter approaches that rely on methodological nationalisms, or that reify border regimes and ‘refugee crises.’ Contributions extend beyond restrictive approaches that limit discussions to migratory biographies and thus unwittingly bolster the migrant/native divide. Musics, we argue, are always migrating. Challenging acts of sonic bordering, we pose migratory musics as an aesthetic as well as a political question and opportunity: a means of engaging with the world, a space of encounter and collaboration, an opening for unmaking borders and remaking belongings, a call to migratory imaginaries. This issue gathers creative and critical voices across a variety of disciplines and formats, within and beyond the academy. We probe the politics and poetics of migratory musics, intent on finding spaces of narrativity that have not yet been claimed and foreclosed. We hear how musics can offer a means of rethinking society itself through movement.

Dr. Florian Scheding
Dr. Tom Western
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • musicology
  • migration studies
  • migratory aesthetics
  • mobility
  • (anti-)crisis

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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