Anthropology of Music

  Course Title

Anthropology of Music

 Course Code


Type of course

Mandatory 5 hours/week (3 theory + 2 workshop)

Course level




ECTS Credits

5 (3+2)


Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of basic principles of social  theory

Comprehension of cultural/social and political processes involved in the construction and perception of the music phenomenon

Application of the above in study cases

Analysis of the music phenomenon as total social fact

Composition of musicological, performative, aesthetic and functional dimensions of the music phenomenon

Interpretative approach

Teaching Approach

Lecture-Discussion-Use of audiovisual material

Prerequisite Courses

Recommended Courses in the Curriculum

Auditory culture

History and Civilizations

Historical Documentation and Music Research

Methodology of Research

Music Cultures around the World

Musical Identities

Dance and Greek Traditional Culture

Dance and Society

Course Content

Study of the different ways with which people perceive and talk about music. Music as culture. Music as a symbolic system. Music and art. Music and mass society. Music and language. Music and experience/emotion, expression. Music and embodiment. Music and processes of identification. Aesthetic value and ideology. The idealogy of “authenticity”. Orientalism and exoticism. Music and place/location. Class,  sexuality and gender. Globalization and politics of world music. International music industry. Networks of dispersion and diffusion. Music Creativity .

Recommended Bibliography

Clayton, M. et al (eds) (2003). The Cultural Study of Music. A critical introduction. Chicago. Chicago University Press

Cowan, J. (1993). “Politics, Identity and popular Music in Contemporary Greece”. Kampos: Cambridge Papers in Modern Greek 1, pp.122

Magrini, T. (ed.) (2003). Music and Gender. Perspectives from the Mediterranean. Chicago. Chicago University Press

Middleton, R. (1990). Studying Popular Music. Milton Keynes: Oxford University Press

Qureshi, R. (2000). “How does music mean?” American Ethnologist 27(4), pp. 805838

Qureshi, R. (2000a). “Confronting the Social: Mode of Production and the Sublime for (Indian) Art Music.” Ethnomusicology 44(1), pp. 1538

Sant Cassia, P. (2000). “Exoticising Discoveries and Extraordinary Experiences: Traditional Music, Modernity, and Nostalgia in Malta and Other Mediterranean Societies”. Ethnomusicology 44 (2), pp. 281301

Stokes, M. (1992). The Arabesk debate: music and musicians in modern Turkey. Oxford: Clarendon

Stokes, M. (ed.) (1997). Ethnicity, identity and music: The musical construction of place. Oxford: Berg

Toynbee, J. (2000). Making Popular Music: Musicians, Creativity and Institutions. London: Arnold

Wade, P. (2000). Music, Race & Nation. Musica Tropica in Colombia. Chicago: Chicago University Press

Learning Exercises

Team works and oral presentation during the lesson.

 Teaching Methods

Interactive method – Experiential approach.

 Criteria and Methods of Evaluation

Written examination at the end of the semester

Teaching Language