Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

Study Group for Applied Ethnomusicology

Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

Study Group for Applied Ethnomusicology

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The second business meeting of the Study Group Applied Ethnomusicology (AESTG) was held 6 July 2009 as a part of the 40th ICTM World Conference in Durban, South Africa. It was hosted by Svanibor Pettan, chair, Klisala Harrison, vice-chair, and Eric Martin Usner, secretary, and was attended by more than forty ICTM members, who contributed to the spirited and engaging assembly. Pettan began the meeting by presenting a brief history of the study group, from the prenatal events to present, with emphasis on the official recognition of the study group in Vienna in 2007. Harrison then offered a presentation of the first symposium of the AESTG in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2008 and emphasized the innovative concept of "talking circles" that enabled extended focused discussions [program and photos are available at: http://www.ff.uni-lj.si/oddelki/muzikologija/simpozij2008ICTM_report_eng.html]. Usner followed by introducing the website (currently under construction), which is being created by AESTG member Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg.

A review of publications associated with the AESTG singled out (1) the thematic volume 44/2 of the Slovenian journal Muzikoloski zbornik/Musicological Annual, which is dedicated to Kjell Skyllstad (one of the pioneers of applied ethnomusicology in Europe) on his 80th birthday. The volume contains articles derived from the double panel "The Politics of Applied Ethnomusicology: New Perspectives," held in Vienna in 2007; and (2) the forthcoming volume Historical and Emerging Approaches to Applied Ethnomusicology, which Pettan, Harrison and Elizabeth MacKinlay are editing for the Cambridge Scholars Press. …

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