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An original interdisciplinary perspective on music research will be outlined and critically analysed in the seminar.
This session is presented in association with the Institute for Social Impact Research in the Performing Arts
Dr Alessandro Mazzola (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
For a long time, such disciplines as musicology, sociology, psychology and cultural studies have been in conflict on how best to approach music research in the humanities. The main contrast has been between scholars approaching music as an object or as a relational process, respectively claiming the prominence of music's inherent features (eg: sounds and texts), or contextual articulations (eg: performance and consumption) as the elements to be investigated for understanding the value and function of musical products in the society.
Drawing upon recent scientific literature, and presenting cases from Dr Mazzola's research on the role of popular music in politically and culturally divided societies (involving Italy's Southern Question and Belgium's Community Cleavage), this seminar will outline and critically analyse an original interdisciplinary perspective on music research.
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The Guildhall School’s ResearchWorks is a programme of events centred around the School’s research activity, bringing together staff, students and guests of international standing. We run regular events throughout the term intended to share the innovative research findings of the school and its guests with students, staff and the public.