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Music, Memory, and Affect Attunement: Connecting Kurdish Diaspora in Stockholm
Musikhögskolan vid Örebro universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5809-3575
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2016 (English)In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 8, 144–164- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article takes its point of departure in Maurice Halbwachs’ notion of collective

memory, adding the distinction made by Jan Assmann between communicative

and cultural memory, and Alfred Schütz’s notion of communication, understood

here as the sonorous communication of bodily affect. By combining and cross-fertilizing

the concept of memory with that of affective experience, our aim is to take

a new and productive perspective on music’s role as and in cultural memory as

well as the crucial role played by affect attunement. As examples, we use interviews

and observations from an on-going research project on the role of music in

ethnically-based associations in Sweden. In addition, we show how music often

transgresses the categorical distinctions of collective memory. The main questions

we ask are a) to the extent that there is a difference between music serving as a

means for and as content of collective memory (what the memory is “about”), how

can we account for and explain this difference? and b) how does verbally-narrated

content relate to the sound of music when it comes to collective memory?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 8, 144–164- p.
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Musicology Ethnology
Research subject
Musicology; Ethnology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307576DOI: 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1608144#sthash.6qVTi4S4.dpufOAI: diva2:1047347
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2016-11-17 Created: 2016-11-17 Last updated: 2016-11-17Bibliographically approved

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