Exploring a City. 1945 up to the Present Day
Lead by Susana Zapke, keynote-speaker at our conference in November, this research project tackles the role of music in urban context as an instrument of social identification and the question of how music is symbolically used in municipal politics. The city of Vienna hereby functions as an example to point out the ways music can be responsible for creating specific city spheres and ideological subjects.
In this manner, cultural and social practices are looked upon to identify the modus operandi of the city as well as its social dispositions. Vienna’s site-specificity will thereby be attributed to the acoustic-tonal construct inherited.
This particular research-emphasis was developed through the entanglement of scientific and artistic approaches and practices of diverse projects at the MUK Vienna since 2012.
by R. Kuchar
‘Groove the City’ – Urban Music Policies between Informal Networks and Institutional Governance is the 1st international conference of the Urban Music Studies Network that will be held from Nov. 23rd to 25th, 2018 at Leuphana University of Lueneburg. We … Continue reading
by R. Kuchar
We would like to remind you of the open call for our conference in November and are very happy to announce that we have been able to complete Keynote Speaker appearances for this first major event related to Urban Music … Continue reading
by Leonard Sprueth
The programm of the 2018 edition of the Music Cities Convention by Sound Diplomacy, which will take place from 19 – 20 April 2018 in Melbourne, Australia, is now online. More:
by Sebastian Maier
Urban Music Policies between Informal Networks and Institutional Governance International symposium of the Urban Music Studies Scholars Network in collaboration with the Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization, Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Since Urban Music Studies are a lively field … Continue reading
by Alenka Barber-Kersovan
Open Penal at the 18th IUAES World Congress “World (of) Encounters: The past, present and future of anthropological knowledge” Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil, 16-20 July 2018. Cities are not neutral sites in which people enter. They are … Continue reading
Hight streets in British cities often carry strong
meanings in terms of social an cultural status. In this
book, Phil Hubbard analyses their development in times of
recession and austerity and points out how high streets
are shown to have long been regarded as the heart of many communities, but have declined to a state where boarded-up and vacant retail units are a familiar sight.
The book provides a powerful argument against retail
gentrification, and a timely analysis of class conflict in
austerity Britain. It will be of great interest to
scholars of geography, social policy and cultural studies.
Phil Hubbard – The Battle for High Street, Retail
Gentrification, Class and Disgust
Palgrave Macmillan, London – February 2017
In Weekend Societies we are introduced to the emergent field of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festivals and even-culture studies. Growing ubiquitous in contemporary social life, and providing participants with independent sources of belonging, these festivals and their event-cultures are diverse in organization, intent and outcome, EDM festivals are expressions of “freedoms” revolutionary and recreational.
Graham St. John points out an industry trend in the world dance music culture from raves and clubs towards festivals, featuring contributions from scholars of EDM festivals showcasing a diversity of methodological approaches, theoretical perspectives and representational styles.
Weekend Societies – Electronic Dance Music Festivals and Event-Cultures
Graham St. John – Bloomsbury Academic – 01.12.2017
by R. Kuchar
10th Midterm Conference of the European Research Networks Sociology of Arts & Sociology of Culture, Spt. 4th-7th, 2018, Malta In recent years, the arts have gained increasing importance of strategies designed for culture-led urban regeneration. The general topic for the … Continue reading
Following construction delays and a set of scandals, a year ago, the new concert hall called Elbphilharmonie has been inaugurated in Hamburg, Germany. Conceptualised as the landmark of the Music City Hamburg, its spectacular architecture attracts thousands of tourists and music lovers. The diverse musical programme covers all musical genres, ranging from classical concerts to Einstürzende Neubauten, Poetry Slams and contemporary electronics. 850.000 spectators joining the first years´s programme let the city quickly forget about the troubles of planning and constructing…
Here a short flash back of the opening ceremony: