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SIBE - Sociedad de Etnomusicología

Conferencia Plenaria Jornadas SIBE 2015

Las Jornadas SIbE 2015 tienen el placer de acoger a la Dra. Caroline Bithell (Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, The University of Manchester), que impartirá la conferencia plenaria:

Repositioning ‘Revival’ as Theory and Practice in Emerging New World Orders: Views from the Caucasus


Much has changed – in both physical and scholarly worlds – since the middle decades of the 20th century when the classic textbook revivals occurred. Contemporary processes of musical revitalisation and cultural renewal take place against a complex backdrop of global flows, imagined communities, and shifting geopolitical alliances. Alongside the growth of the world music and heritage industries, the new opportunities opened up by digital technologies and online communications for accessing both material resources and social networks have led to a dramatic reconfiguration of the spaces in which musical interaction takes place, and this in turn has expanded the potential of revivalist activity to transform social experience and effect cultural change. Of particular interest among the most recent developments area discursive shift from local tradition to world heritage, a renewed focus on participation, an interest in the therapeutic dimensions of cultural regeneration, anda greater acknowledgement of the part playedby outsiders in contributing to revival initiatives. I will explore aspects of these and other phenomena with reference to Georgia (Caucasus),where my current research focuses on the present generation of traditional music ensembles and their significance in relation to the country’s socio-cultural renaissance, its geopolitical reorientation and its emerging tourist industry. Brief reflections on my earlier research into the revival of traditional music on the Mediterranean island of Corsica will help throw into relief the extent to which an initial revival and later post-revival spin-offs are shaped by a particular confluence of local and historical circumstances on the one hand and broadertrends and narratives on the other. 


Caroline Bithell (MA Oxon, PhD Wales) is Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests include polyphony in oral traditions, folk revivals, the politics and aesthetics of world music, community music, intangible cultural heritage and cultural tourism. She is the author of Transported by Song: Corsican Voices from Oral Tradition to World Stage (Scarecrow Press, 2007) and A Different Voice, A Different Song: Reclaiming Community Through the Natural Voice and World Song (Oxford University Press, 2014). She is also co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival (2014). She is currently conducting research in Georgia (Caucasus).

Algunas de las publicaciones más destacadas de nuestra ponente invitada son:

Authored book

  • Caroline Bithell. A Different Voice, A Different Song. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. 
  • Bithell, Caroline. Transported by Song: Corsican Voices from Oral Tradition to World Stage.Europea: Ethnomusicologies and Modernities. 5, Lanham, MA: Scarecrow Press, 2007. 

Edited book

  • Caroline Bithell and Juniper Hill. ed. The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival. Oxford Handbooks. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Bithell, Caroline. Caroline Bithell. ed. The Past in Music (published as special themed issue of the journal Ethnomusicology Forum). Ethnomusicology Forum. Abingdon: Routledge (Taylor & Francis), 2006. 

Book contribution

  • Hill, Juniper and Caroline Bithell. "An Introduction to Music Revival as Concept, Cultural Process, and Medium of Change." In The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival - Oxford Handbooks Online, ed. Bithell, Caroline and Juniper Hill, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 
  • Caroline Bithell. "Georgian Polyphony and its Journeys from National Revival to Global Heritage." In The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival - Oxford Handbooks Online, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 
  • Bithell, Caroline. "The Renaissance of the Corsican Confraternities and their Musical Negotiations." In The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities, ed. Suzel Reily and Jonathan Dueck, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Bithell, Caroline. "Polyphony in the Global Village." In The Fourth International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony, ed. Rusudan Tsurtsumia and Maia Kachkachishvili, 563-571. Tbilisi, Georgia: Nova Science Publishers, 2010.