Musical anthropology

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to introduce to the knowledge of the anthropology of music, a disciplinary area between musicology and cultural anthropology, and the specificity of its working methods. The monographic topics of each year will be the occasion for analysis on musical practices in relation to their cultural contexts.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end, the students have acquired knowledge of the methods and perspectives of the anthropology of music, with particular reference to the monographic topic introduced each academic year.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
In case the health emergency should protract, classes will take place in live presence, and will be streamed online.
Students will find information regarding classroom access (live or online), potential changes in the programme and variation in the reference material (bibliography, etc.) in the course's website on the Ariel platform at the beginning of the 2nd semester.
If the exams in the way described in the Syllabus should not manageable because of the emergency, the exams may take place online, with modalities that will be communicated on the Ariel teaching platform at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
Acoustemology / Sonic Ethography

The course deasl with isues related to listening as a tool for research and knowledge, starting from the theoretical positions of Steven Feld, and examining some concrete cases.
The first unit will focus on theoretical issues and the research by Feld among the Kalui in Papua New Guinea. The second unit will deal with some Italian cases.
Prerequisites for admission
The course requires knowledge acquired during the previous three years in the fields of ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, knowledge of musical language and the history of music.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons.
Viewing, listening and commenting on audiovisual materials.
Teaching Resources
Anthology of texts and audiovisual materials presented during the lessons and available on Ariel at the beginning of the lessons.

Steven Feld. Uccelli, lamento, poetica e canzone nell'espressione kaluli. Il Saggiatore. Milano 2009.

Lorenzo Ferrarini, Nicola Scaldaferri. Sonic Ethnography. Identity, heritage and creative research practice in Basilicata, southern Italy. Manchester University Press. 2020.

Nicola Scaldaferri and Steven Feld (eds). When the Trees Resound. Nota, Udine, 2019.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam takes place orally about the topics presented during the course, the bibliography and the audiovisual materials in the program. The following points will be assessed: the ability to critically re-elaborate the topics discussed in the course; the knowledge of the contents in the program; the ability to discuss and create connections and develope personal interpretative perspectives; the consistency of terminological expression.
Further information will be provided at the beginning of the lessons.
As an alternative examination, students can prepare a written paper of 3500-4000 words (bibliography excluded), on a topic to be agreed, which is inspired by the topics covered in class.
The modes of examination for students with physical and/or learning disabilities will need to be agreed with the instructor, according with the guidelines of the competent Helpdesk.
Unita' didattica
L-ART/08 - ETHNOMUSICOLGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica
L-ART/08 - ETHNOMUSICOLGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours