Special Issue: 'Music Making and Sustainable Futures'
Dr Dave Camlin, Royal College of Music and Trinity-Laban Conservatoire
Dr André de Quadros, Boston University
Dr Emilie Amrein, University of San Diego
Dr Gigi Chiying Lam, University of Southampton
Florence Brady, Royal College of Music
At this point in history, planet earth and its inhabitants face unprecedented levels of threat to a sustainable collective future, due to a range of issues including – but not limited to – the ‘great acceleration’ of human population and associated species extinction, mass migration and displacement, global warming and associated climate change, zoonotic diseases and associated global pandemics, ageing populations, ongoing conflict, state-sponsored violence, the exploitation of the global south, income inequality, structural injustices relating to gender, race, disability and socioeconomic status (SES), social isolation and alienation. The United Nations has developed a series of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to many of these issues which highlight the global need for action. For music to be understood as a ‘global resource’ in the context of sustainability, further evidence is needed about the complex ways that participatory music making (or musicing / musicking) – and particularly community music (CM) - might make a meaningful contribution to addressing such a confluence of existential challenges, whether such a position is indeed defensible, to what extent and on what grounds. Is participation in music making merely a distraction from such issues, or if it is not, how does it address them? What is participatory music making / CM ‘doing’ in the situations where it occurs in relation to any of these issues? How does participatory music making / CM help people cope with the challenges of living in these times of multiple global crises? And how does participatory music making / CM help people do something about them?
This Special Issue
This Special Issue seeks to build a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding CM and sustainable futures, by bringing together research perspectives which illuminate the complexities of this relationship, and the potential of CM to address global challenges of sustainability. In particular, this issue seeks to highlight promising lines of enquiry into this complex subject, in order to understand better what attitudinal, ecological, epistemological, ontological and / or methodological shifts might be needed to develop a clearer focus on issues of CM and sustainability in future research.
We invite abstracts of 350 words for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Community Music. The following topics are invited around a number of themes, though they are simply suggestions:
Music Making and Sustainable Development
How does music making address issues of sustainable development, as identified in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? For example:
- Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG3)
- Quality Education (SDG4)
- Gender Equality (SDG5)
- Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG8)
- Reduced Inequalities (SDG10)
- Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11)
- Responsible consumption and production (SDG12)
- Climate Action (SDG13)
- Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG16)
Music Making and Civic Imagination
How does music making speak to issues of civic imagination and the capacity for communities to re-imagine civic and political relationships, allegiances and affiliations? In other words, how does music contribute to discourse surrounding:
- the re-distribution of power and privilege;
- building community solidarity;
- addressing local problems.
What role does music making play in the negotiation of biographical identities including the inherent tensions between local, partisan / tribal, regional, national and global identities?
What kinds of 'worlds' are imagined and created through the act of music making, and what impact do these imaginaries have on people’s attitudes toward sustainable futures?
If you would like to propose an article for this Special Issue, please submit your abstract of 350 words to email@example.com by 1 September 2023. Accepted articles must be completed and submitted for peer review by 1 January 2024, for publication in Summer 2024.
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… reflected in personal enjoyment and fulfillment (Tsugawa 2009; Kuntz 2012).
...'your everyday self' (Rankin 2008: 234).
- Journal article in reference list:
Southcott, Jane and Joseph, Dawn (2013), 'Community, commitment, and the Ten Commandments: Singing in the Coro Furlan', International Journal of Community Music, 6:1, pp. 79–92.
- Authored book in reference list:
Schippers, Huib (2010), Facing the Music: Shaping Music from a Global Perspective, New York: Oxford University Press.
- Chapter in an edited book in reference list:
Veblen, Kari K. (2013), 'The tapestry: Introducing community music', in K. K. Veblen, S. J. Messenger, M. Silverman and D. J. Elliott (eds), Community Music Today, Plymouth: Roman & Littlefield Education, pp. 1–12.
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