Thinking decolonially towards music’s institution: A post-conference reflection

Anjeline De Dios, Philip Dodds, Sanne Krogh Groth, Xenia Benivolski, Hild Borchgrevink, Nils Bubandt, Yurii Chekan, Maria Rijo Lopes Da Cunha, Brandon Farnsworth, Rosanna Lovell, Caryl Mann, Ania Mauruschat, Ucee-Uchenna L. Nwachukwu, Ellen Marie Bråthen Steen, Yiren Zhao

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How do we talk about musical colonisation? How do we talk about this work of talking about it; that is, interrogating what we mean by colonisation and its counter-logic of decolonisation or decoloniality? What can and must we talk about in this particular moment – when talk of decolonisation is at an all-time high, yet without clear consensus and much misuse of the concept? These questions, and the insights that emerged from them, animated the two-day conference Music’s institution and the (de)colonial, and are reflected and summed up in this article.

The article ends with a list for "research strategies and practices for music's institution and the (de)colonial: a conference glossary". The list is a first attempt to be explicit about how we deal with the many challenges we face within this field.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Dec 8
EventMusic's institution and the (de)colonial - Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Duration: 2023 May 42023 May 5,to%20music's%20past%20and%20present.

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Musicology

Free keywords

  • de-colonization
  • global music
  • music institutions
  • postcolonial
  • music history


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