Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar Series. The Oratory, Newman College, Swanston St, Parkville.
CANCELLED Tuesday 29th August 6pm-7.30pm
Unfortunately this seminar has had to be CANCELLED
Diversity and Dissonance in East Clare Music: A challenge to nativist understandings of Irish culture
In 1975 Dutch ethnomusicologist Jos Koning based his fieldwork in Feakle in East Clare. In this paper I review his research findings, arguing that, by rejecting the mythologising of Irish culture by anthropologists Arensberg and Kimball and cultural nationalists in the national musicians’ organisation, Koning’s empirical work allowed him to hypothesise how processes of change in Irish society in the 1970s aligned with changes in musical genres and performance styles. I consider the significance of his role as a reflexive ‘outsider’ researcher in a field where nativist understandings prevail and show how his approach led to a surprising about the nature of “the lonesome touch” in East Clare fiddling.
@ THE ORATORY, NEWMAN COLLEGE
When entering from Swanston Street, turn right into the main College building and up the stairs on the right of the corridor. Pre-seminar drinks will be at 6 p.m. and the paper will commence at 6.15 pm.
Those who wish to do so may join the group for dinner and/or a drink after the seminar at Naughton’s Hotel in Royal Parade.
Convenors:Philip Bull (LaTrobe University), Frances Devlin-Glass (Deakin University); Dianne Hall (Victoria University); Elizabeth Malcolm (University of Melbourne),