Tourism and the Musical Imaginaries

26-29 Mar 2020
Department of Music, University of California at Berkeley. - Berkeley (United States)

http://tourism-music.sciencesconf.org

The important place of music in world tourism is still not a widely researched topic. The first published volume on the topic was Kanko to Ongaku [Tourism and Music] edited by Prof. Shuzo Ishimori in cooperation with the Department of Musical Research at Japan’s National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka (see Lie and Abelmann 1992). As the Japanese scholars could not find enough contributions to complete their book, they included three works by Berkeley anthropology students (graduates Yvonne Daniel and Sandra Smith, and undergraduate Allison Powell, working under the supervision of N. Graburn). Daniel (1995, 2011), went on to be an important leader in this field. In the 1990s, the main concerns were: -Tradition, tourist musics and authenticity, with the assumption that tourism may change, simplify or modernize the ethnic, local music or that it may help revive or preserve those which are under threat from modernity in general. Case studies (e.g. Hawaii, Tahiti) exemplified these and more complex processes of hybridization and other influences. -Cultural and regional, Identity, nationalism and the politico-economics of music and tourism. Cuba, Kuna (Panama), -Music as part of the rituals of hospitality, modified to welcome tourist-strangers, Bali, many European folk traditions. -Travel as a theme in or inspired by music, such as both Japanese and American pop music in the 1950s-70s, and the emergence of global music expanding imaginary horizons. Since that time, a number of important musicologists have pointed out that as the discipline has changed, the influence of tourism, music camps, itinerant musicians have become regular subjects of research. However, the relation of tourism and music is still a scarce subject within contemporary ethnomusicology and anthropology, and this conference intends to remedy and focus on avant-garde topics. The conference “Tourism and the Musical Imaginary 2020” we are particularly interested in research which shows the power of music in tourism imaginaries shaping their identity as destinations, and the tourist experience, performance and re-imagination at the destination. And, of course, the memory, re-experience and “re-broadcast” of that musical imaginary after the return home. We expect that like some serious tourists or pilgrims, there will be those who wish to keep alive the musical experience by belonging to an organization or frequenting venues where they can experience the music and meet with like-minded tourists afterwards (e.g., Japanese women tourists to Cuba frequent Rumba dance studios back in Tokyo). We also expect that, like lifestyle migrants in Europe (Benson and Osbaldiston 2014), Asia and the Americas, some of the tourists may wish to move and live in the musically attractive venues either for some years or for the rest of their lives. Themes The following themes do not mean to be exhaustive. They aim at orienting the papers submission. - Music and tourist imagination - Tourism and music events/festivals - Tourism visits in “music meccas” (Salzburg, Memphis, Liverpool…). - Tourism in music dedicated museums, heritage sites, birth/death/home places of artists, composers or iconic personages. - Dance related tourism practices (tango, flamenco, samba…) - Tourism and local music cultures - Music induced tourism - Touristic songs and musics - Music performed for/by tourists - Music, soundscape and tourism - Tourist gaze vs. music - Music and tourist’s memories - Music, tourism, and political economy - Music, tourism, and sound technologies - Music, labor, and tourism - Music, tourism, and globalization - Music, tourism, and UNESCO
Scientific domain : Humanities and Social Sciences - Social Anthropology and ethnology - Geography - Cultural heritage and museology - Musicology and performing arts

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