The Globalization of Musics in Transit: Musical Migration and Tourism

Call for contributions

Edited by Simone Krüger (Liverpool John Moores University) and Ruxandra Trandafoiu (Edge Hill University)

We are soliciting chapter proposals for an edited collection entitled The Globalization of Musics in Transit: Musical Migration and Tourism to be published by Routledge in 2013 in its Research in Ethnomusicology Series. (Please note that the book is contractually agreed.) The book studies musical transformations as they occur across time and space, exploring contemporary concerns about the impact of globalization on musics and peoples as they transit across the globe. The book’s focus is on two main themes: musical tourism and travel; musical migration and diaspora.

We invite authors working in all areas of ethnomusicology,anthropology, sociology, popular music studies, media and cultural studies, social/cultural geography, and other relevant disciplines and fields of study to propose a book chapter on either theme. Both single and multiple-authored works will be considered. The book will not be limited to specific musics, peoples or geographical areas; however, an element of ethnographic approaches would be anticipated.

Contributors are particularly invited to engage with specific sub-themes and issues under each theme:

Musical migration and diaspora. Under this theme, we invite book chapters that engage with one or more of the following sub-themes: diasporic production; the circulation and consumption of musics; the re-writing of the concept of diaspora through cultural production in relation to, but also outside of, national culture; the formation of transnational tastes and cosmopolitan imaginations; the liquidity of globalized cultures; the role of music in creating symbolic geographies and diasporic double-consciousness; specific instances of cultural translation and adaptation.

Musical tourism and travel. Authors are invited to explore one or more of the following sub-themes: musical pilgrimage; the material and social flows of travellers and musicians; the cultural and economic policies that promote music tourism; festivals and performances for tourists; ethnographies of touristic encounters with music; the place of music in the representation of tourism destinations; the role of music in the construction of tourist discourses; narratives and memories.

Anyone interested in submitting a chapter for consideration should in the first instance send a proposal to the editors (see below). The proposal should include: (1) a summary of the chapter (abstract, max. 500 words), addressing its aim and objectives, research methods, and contribution to the existing literature, specifically in relation to a chosen theme and sub-theme(s); (2) an indication of the number and type of images or illustrations to be included, and whether copyright will need to be sought; (3) a brief biographical note.

Deadlines for submission of:

Proposal: 20 October 2011

Chapter (ca. 7,000 words): 30 March 2012

Please e-mail your abstracts to the editors: and

Further particulars:

Title: Routledge needs their titles to be as explanatory as possible, as well as keyword heavy for searches and the like.

Word count: 7,000 per chapter (110,000 in total)

Images: ca. 2 per chapter (20 in total)

Permissions: Please note that authors are responsible for obtaining permission for any copyrighted materials (all images, prose exceeding 500 words, more than 2 lines of poetry). This is often a very drawn out process, so it’s best to begin as soon as possible.

Gratis copies: 1 per contributor

Cover: To make things uniform, all books in this series have the same template cover design.

Series: Routledge Research in Ethnomusicology

Publishing plan: Initially, the book will be published as hard cover, library standard editions, which will be marketed primarily to research and university libraries (though of course it will also be marketed in Routledge catalogues, and available at relevant conferences where Routledge is represented). The initial print run will be fairly small-250 copies or so, and pricing ($110+) will reflect our focus on the library market.

Marketing: Routledge will begin marketing the book on their website and catalogues shortly as follows:

This book studies musical transformations in transit as they occur across time and space, exploring contemporary concerns about some of the impacts of globalization of musics and peoples as they transit across the globe. While taking diverse perspectives in embracing the contemporary musical landscape, the collection offers a range of research methods and theoretical approaches from ethnomusicology, anthropology, sociology, popular music studies, and media and cultural studies, thus providing interdisciplinary contributions to ethnomusicological studies of contemporary musical processes inspired by musical globalizations. Discussions on migration and diaspora advance discourse on new symbolic geographies mapped by the production, adaptation, and consumption of musics in transit. Elsewhere, essays on cultural travel and tourism raise concerns about the commodification of tradition and heritage, asking questions about cultural gain and loss, consumption, and performance. Tourism and migration are two key globalizing elements, and the book’s combination of migration/diaspora and tourism allows for an exploration of the juxtaposition of phenomena like cosmopolitan empathy, advocacy, and responsibility versus the commodification of the other, capitalism, and inequality. While the contributions reach across disciplines, they are united by an ethnomusicological concern with local experience and new community formation. Departing from established theories (e.g. globalization), this book questions current conceptualizations of musical phenomena while focusing on sub-themes such as the post-national or the cosmopolitan imagination, which are recent and little explored additions to ethnomusicology’s theoretical portfolio.