The ethnomusicologist at the rock face: reflections on working at the nexus of music and mining

Gillespie, Kirsty (2018) The ethnomusicologist at the rock face: reflections on working at the nexus of music and mining. In: Post, Jennifer C., (ed.) Ethnomusicology: a contemporary reader. Routledge, New York, NY, USA, pp. 81-96.

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[Extract] Ethnomusicology and mining appear as completely different fields of work. Ethnomusicology is generally understood to be about the study of music in its cultural context;1 mining, and resource extraction more broadly, is about removing resources (such as minerals and fossil fuels) from the ground. These fields do, however, share a common ground that is just as much literal as it is figurative. This chapter traces my experience as an ethnomusicologist working with the mining industry, exploring a unique application of the discipline of ethnomusicology outside of academia. As such, it interweaves a narrative of personal experience with broader, more removed reflections on the possibilities of working at the nexus of music and mining. This approach to research can be considered an example of applied ethnomusicology, understood as "the approach guided by the principles of social responsibility, which extends the usual academic goal of broadening and deepening knowledge and understanding toward solving concrete problems and toward working both inside and beyond typical academic contexts" (Harrison and Pettan 2010,).

Item ID: 51666
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-138-21787-4
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2018 02:44
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology @ 40%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360306 Musicology and ethnomusicology @ 60%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950306 Conserving Pacific Peoples Heritage @ 50%
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