Music, Sounds, Practices, Discourses: New Frontiers in Research, Pedagogies and Praxis in Geographies of Music - 2

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Digital Geographies Specialty Group, Media and Communication Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Washington 6, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Joseph Palis, Ola Johansson, Severin Guillard
Chairs: Ola Johansson


Music, Sounds, Practices, Discourses: New Frontiers in Research, Pedagogies and Praxis in Geographies of Music

Organisers: Joseph Palis (University of the Philippines-Diliman), Severin Guillard (University Paris Est), Ola Johansson (University of Pittsburgh)

Sponsors: Media and Communication Group, Cultural Geography Group

Although studies on the spatialisation of music and sounds have been slowly proliferating in the intellectual spaces and academic conferences in recent decades, the renewed vigor with which sound and music have been reinvestigated that situate them not only in regions, concert halls and others led to the imbrication of bodies, identities and ideologies and others as well. Building from last year’s AAG music geography sessions in New Orleans, presentations ranged from the role of music in the construction and perception of specific places and spaces, the ability of songs, performances and music-making practices to build mental maps of urban and rural areas, how mobility assists in the furtherance or diminishment of cultural practices relating to music, how local authorities (re)brand and regenerate a locality, and the circulation and diffusion of music genres in the context of cultural globalization (Leyshon et al., 1995; Connell and Gibson, 2003; Anderson et al., 2005; Johansson and Bell, 2009; Canova, 2013).

Far from being limited to geography, reflections on the spatial dimensions of music have also been carried out in other fields of study. This has been particularly crucial in Popular Music Studies, where a spatial turn occurred in the 1990s and 2000s. In this field, most scholars focused on the specific spatiality developed through songs and practices. Part of the studies analyzed music genres as sites of production for well-structured geographical imaginaries, that were evolving through time, at the crossroad of issues of race, class and gender (Peterson, 1997; Forman, 2002). Others focused more on the contexts of the music activities, giving birth to a significant literature on music scenes (Straw, 1991; Bennett and Peterson, 2004).

Given that the AAG 2019 is in Washington DC and its own connection to music as diverse from go-go to hard-core punk, we feel that this is the perfect setting to continue the conversation and debates. We are looking for papers that discuss various geographies of music through songs and performances, how music scenes and industries created and produced place, how music and music-making practices facilitate and aid in tourism and the development of heritage policies.

Send your abstract to: Joseph Palis ( by Nov 8, 2018.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Kai Marquardt*, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Mapping Centrality and Power in Urban Networks of Music Production: The Case of the German Music Market 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Michael Longan*, Valparaiso University, Mapping the Country Music and Dance Scene in the Calumet Region of Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Jessie Lauren Stein*, Concordia University, Dancing with difference: migrants, interculturality, and the party space as a site of transformative politics 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Oliver Hunter*, , “Willis Conover and Public Diplomacy: Jazz and Sound Communities in the International System” 20 10:55 AM
Discussant Severin Guillard Université Paris Est - Lab'Urba 20 11:15 AM

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