07.05.2018: "Ethnomusicologists in the Marketplace"

07.05.2018: "Ethnomusicologists in the Marketplace"

erstellt am 02. Mai 2018

Guest lecture by Naila Ceribašić (IEF Zagreb)

Continuing our lecture series on recent trends and new directions in ethnomusicology last Monday, our guest Naila Ceribašić (IEF Zagreb) presented a paper on "Ethnomusicologists in the Marketplace".




ABSTRACT: The idea of this lecture is to examine how ethnomusicologists have contributed and may contribute to two global agendas: the development of international and national legal instruments for the protection of collective intellectual property rights (IPRs), and further refinement of safeguarding methodologies aimed at ensuring the viability of intangible cultural heritage (ICH). In the latter, their role pertains to standard research and documentation, and more specifically to facilitation of participatory, bottom-up safeguarding methodologies, drafting and evaluation of nominations, periodic reports and other ICH documents, brokerage between communities and state agencies, contribution to the elaboration of new directives, etc. In the former, the scope of possible contributions is broader and more direct because music makes an important part of “traditional cultural expressions” alias “folklore” (according to terminology used in the World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO), and dealing with its protection in legal terms requires a solid ethnomusicological expertise (e.g., issues of the dynamics between individual musicians, their communities and outside actors, the level of novelty in so-called derivative works in relation to the “original”, the problems of fixation, longevity, context, etc.). These two global agendas are interrelated – UNESCO’s program for safeguarding ICH, among other incentives, emerged as an alternative for (up to now) unsuccessful attempts of WIPO to develop an international instrument (probably a convention) for the protection of collective IPRs; moreover, there is a growing number of cases on national and local levels where collective IPRs have been in one or another way integrated into safeguarding ICH. 

For ethnomusicologists, the IPRs and the ICH program are of great relevance for obvious reason – music cultures worldwide are nowadays impregnated in both terms. At the same time, as I shall try to elaborate and propose for discussion, the roles that ethnomusicologists play in these two spheres are emblematic for a general transformation of the discipline from academic knowledge production per se towards services in the cultural marketplace.


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