Re: ANTHRO-L Digest - 18 Oct 1996 to 19 Oct 1996

Tullia Magrini (magrini@MUSPE1.CIRFID.UNIBO.IT)
Sun, 20 Oct 1996 18:00:42 +0100

This message has appeared in Anthro-L yesterday, but some added codes made
it hardly readable. Hope this time everything is clear.


"Music & Anthropology" (M&A) is a new online multimedia interactive Web
journal, founded by the Study Group on "Anthropology of Music in
Mediterranean Cultures" of the International Council for Traditional Music
(ICTM). M&A is hosted by the Dipartimento di Musica e Spettacolo dell'
Universita' di Bologna.


"Music and Anthropology" serves as a forum for studies which approach music
as an essentially human and social expression. The journal is
interdisciplinary and welcomes dialogue not only among the different fields
of musical scholarship and the domains of social scientific scholarship,
such as cultural and social anthropology, but also between music and
psychology, folklore, feminist and gender studies and so forth. The journal
seeks to explore the contributions offered by different disciplines through
the investigation of fundamental questions concerning the human and social
dimensions of music.

The primary geocultural focus of M&A is the Mediterranean. The
'Mediterranean', however, signifies not merely a geographical and historical
region, but also a metaphorical entity with constructed and contested
boundaries, cultures,and identities. Mediterranean musics offer special
challenges to disciplines situated at the intersection of music and
anthropology: in this crucial region, musics of all kinds and throughout the
world found their origins, came into contact, underwent changes, and often
were dispersed, despite maintaining a distinctive identity and evolving as a
symbol of difference, local history, and cultural values. By drawing
attention to the complex phenomena that characterize Mediterranean musics,
M&A aims to foster research in the region and to broaden the range of
approaches to music and musical practices beyond the region's borders.

Tullia Magrini, Editor