The Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation

The Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation


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The Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation is a significant edited volume that critically explores issues surrounding musical repatriation, chiefly of recordings from audiovisual archives. The Handbook provides a dynamic and richly layered collection of stories and critical questions for anyone engaged or interested in repatriation or archival work. Repatriation often is overtly guided by an ethical mandate to "return" something to where it belongs, by such means as working to provide reconnection and Indigenous control and access to cultural materials. Essential as these mandates can be, this remarkable volume reveals dimensions to repatriation beyond those which can be understood as simple acts of "giving back" or returning an archive to its "homeland." Musical repatriation can entail subjective negotiations involving living subjects, intangible elements of cultural heritage, and complex histories, situated in intersecting webs of power relations and manifold other contexts. The forty-eight expert authors of this book's thirty-eight chapters engage with multifaceted aspects of musical repatriation, situating it as a concept encompassing widely ranging modes of cultural work that can be both profoundly interdisciplinary and embedded at the core of ethnographic and historical scholarship. These authors explore a rich variety of these processes' many streams, making the volume a compelling space for critical analysis of musical repatriation and its wider significance. The Handbook presents these chapters in a way that offers numerous emergent perspectives, depending on one's chosen trajectory through the volume. From retracing the paths of archived collections to exploring memory, performance, research goals, institutional power, curation, preservation, pedagogy and method, media and transmission, digital rights and access, policy and privilege, intellectual property, ideology, and the evolving institutional norms that have marked the preservation and ownership of musical archives-The Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation addresses these key topics and more in a deep, richly detailed, and diverse exploration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190659806
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/07/2019
Series: Oxford Handbooks
Pages: 832
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 7.20(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Frank Gunderson is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Florida State University. His research interests include African and African diasporan history, musical labor, sonic repatriation, biographical approaches, human rights, and documentary film. He is an active member of the African Studies Association (ASA), the American Anthropological Association (AAA), and the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). He is editor of the SEM academic journal Ethnomusicology, and has also served as the journal's Film, Video, and Multimedia Review Editor. He has published articles and reviews in Africa Today, History and Anthropology, Soundings, and African Music, and has twice been a guest editor of the journal World of Music.

Robert Lancefield leads digital work at the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University. A former president of the Museum Computer Network (MCN), the organization for people who do digital work in museums, Lancefield chairs the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Council of Affiliates. Rob's Wesleyan University MA thesis considered the repatriation of recorded sound and the cultural meanings of intangible cultural documentation. His PhD dissertation examined how ideas about musical bodies and voices lent false credence to ideas of orientalized difference. Formerly a professional musician and recording engineer, Rob performed widely with Talking Drums, a US ensemble of Ghanaians and Americans.

Bret Woods is an ethnomusicologist, author, filmmaker, and theoretician whose work explores music, media, and narrative through the lenses of mediology, anthropology, and social genre theory. Their main areas of focus are digital media studies, narratives and languages, performance and dissemination (through engagement of community and technology), and traditional musics. Bret is an active proponent of "ethnomediology," their approach to studying expression and interaction mediated through access to archives, digital technologies, and the Internet. Bret's research explores engagement in and negotiation of traditions globally and locally through contemporary media.

Table of Contents

About the Editors
List of Contributors
About the Companion Website
Pathways and Trajectories: A Guide to the Organization and Use of This Book

Pathways toward Open Dialogues about Sonic Heritage: An Introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation
Frank Gunderson and Bret Woods

1. Musical Traces' Retraceable Paths: The Repatriation of Recorded Sound
Robert C. Lancefield

2. Reflections on Reconnections: When Human and Archival Modes of Memory Meet
Daniel B. Reed

3. Music Archives and Repatriation: Digital Return of Hugh Tracey's "Chemirocha" Recordings in Kenya
Diane Thram

4. Rethinking Repatriation and Curation in Newfoundland: Archives, Angst, and Opportunity
Beverly Diamond and Janice Esther Tulk

5. Repatriating the Alan Lomax Haitian Recordings in Post-quake Haiti
Gage Averill

6. "Where Dead People Walk": Fifty Years of Archives to Q'eros, Peru
Holly Wissler

7. Audiovisual Archives: Bridging Past and Future
Judith Gray

8. Archives, Repatriation, and the Challenges Ahead
Anthony Seeger

9. Returning Voices: Repatriation as Shared Listening Experiences
Brian Diettrich

10. "Boulders, Fighting on the Plain": A World-War-One-Era Song Repatriated and Remembered in Western Tanzania
Frank Gunderson

11. "We Want Our Voices Back": Ethical Dilemmas in the Repatriation of Recordings
Grace Koch

12. Sharing John Blacking: Recontextualizing Children's Music and Reimagining Musical Instruments in the Repatriation of a Historical Collection
Andrea Emberly and Jennifer C. Post

13. Autism Doesn't Speak, People Do: Musical Thinking, Chat Messaging, and Autistic Repatriation
Michael B. Bakan

14. Musical Repatriation as Method
Michael Iyanaga

15. Teachers as Agents of the Repatriation of Music and Cultural Heritage
Patricia Shehan Campbell and J. Christopher Roberts

16. "Each in Our Own Village": Creating Sustainable Interactions between Custodian Communities and Archives
Catherine Ingram

17. Radio Afghanistan Archive Project: Averting Repatriation, Building Capacity
Hiromi Lorraine Sakata, Laurel Sercombe, and John Vallier

18. Bringing Radio Haiti Home: The Digital Archive as Devoir de M moire
Craig Breaden and Laura Wagner

19. Strategies for Cultural Repatriation: Bali 1928 Music Recordings and 1930s Films
Edward Herbst

20. Cinematic Journeys to the Source: Musical Repatriation to Africa in Film
Lisa Osunleti Beckley-Roberts

21. "Pour pr server la m moire": Algerian Sha'b? Musicians as Repatriated Subjects and Agents of Repatriation
Christopher Orr

22. Repatriating an Egyptian Modernity: Transcriptions and the Rise of Coptic Women's Song Activism
Carolyn M. Ramzy

23. Memory, Trauma, and the Politics of Repatriating Bikindi's Music in the Aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide
Jason McCoy

24. New Folk Music as Attempted Repatriation in Romania
Maurice Mengel

25. The Politics of Repatriating Civil War Brass Music
Elizabeth Whittenburg Ozment

26. Radio Archives and the Art of Persuasion
Carlos Odria

27. The Banning of Samoa's Repatriated Mau Songs
Richard Moyle

28. Bells in the Cultural Soundscape: Nazi-Era Plunder, Repatriation, and Campanology
Carla Shapreau

29. Digital Repatriation: Copyright Policies, Fair Use, and Ethics
Alex Perullo

30. Mountain Highs, Valley Lows: Institutional Archiving of Gospel Music in the Twenty-first Century
Birgitta Johnson

31. "The Songs Are Alive": Bringing Frances Densmore's Recordings Back Home to Ojibwe Country
Lyz Jaakola and Timothy B. Powell

32. Moving Songs: Repatriating Audiovisual Recordings of Aboriginal Australian Dance and Song (Kimberley Region, Northwestern Australia)
Sally Treloyn, Matthew Dembal Martin, and Rona Googninda Charles

33. After the Archive: An Archaeology of Bosnian Voices
Peter McMurray

34. Reclaiming Ownership of the Indigenous Voice: The Hopi Music Repatriation Project
Trevor Reed

35. Yolngu Music, Indigenous Knowledge Centres, and the Emergence of Archives as Contact Zones
Peter G. Toner

36. Traditional Re-Appropriation: Modes of Access and Digitization in Irish Traditional Music
Bret Woods

37. Claiming Ka Mate: Maori Cultural Property and the Nation's Stake
Lauren E. Sweetman and Kirsten Zemke

38. Repatriation and Decolonization: Thoughts on Ownership, Access, and Control
Robin R. R. Gray


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