Music Identities

Course Title

Music Identities

Course Code


Type of Course

Compulsory Selective Course5 hours/week (2 theory + workshop)

Course Level




ECTS Credits

6 (3+2)

Professors (-s)

Learning  Outcomes

Knowledge of the role of music in identity construction.

Understanding of the role music plays in identity construction (individual and collective)

Application of such knowledge in case studies

Analysis of music phenomenon as a total social fact

Synthesis of the various aspects of music phenomenon in processes of identity construction.

Interpretation and evaluation.

 Teaching Approach

Interactive presentation/lecture that is supported by selected audio and video examples.

Prerequisite Courses

 Anthropology of music

Recommended courses in the Curriculum

Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music Ι-ΙΙΙ
Auditory Culture
History and Civilizations
Historical Documentation and Music Research
Music Cultures around the World
Music Education Ι-ΙΙ
Dance and Greek Traditional Culture
Dance and Society

Course Content

Music and Place: the issue of authenticity. Music and movements. Musical Communities (Ethnic identities, ethnicities, and places). New worlds: musicians from the limits/boundaries. Music, mobility and globalised soundascapes. Terra Digitalia: music, intellectual rights and territoriality in the information age. Public and Private: re-valuing them through music. Music and embodiment

Video showing, discussion of specific music ethnographies

Recommended Bibliogaphy

Buchanan, B., (2005) Performing democracy. Bulgarian music and musicians in transition. Chicago: Chicago Univ. Press

Connel, J., και C. Gibson (2003). Sound Tracks. Popular Music, identity and place. London: Routledge

Stokes, M. (επιμ.) (1994). Ethnicity, Identity and Music: The Musical Construction of Place.. Oxford: Berg

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

Wong, D (2001).  Sounding the CenterHistory and Aesthetics in Thai Buddhist Performance. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Keil Ch. & A. Vellou-Keil, Bright Balkan morning: Romani lives & the power of music in Greek Macedonia, Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2002

Charley G., Jazz in black and white: race, culture, and identity in the jazz community, Westport: Greenwood, 1998

Darré A. (ed.), Musique et Politique. Les répertoires de l’identité, Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 1996

Giddens A., Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991

Herzfeld M., Cultural intimacy: social poetics in the nation-state, New York: Routledge, 1997

Herzfeld M., The poetics of manhood: contest and identity in a Cretan mountain village, Princeton: Princeton University, 1985

Magrini T., Music and gender: perspectives from the Mediterranean, Chicago: University of Chicago, 2003

Stokes M., Ethnicity, identity and music: the musical construction of place, Oxford: Berg, 1994

 Learning Exercises

Group work and oral presentations

Teaching Methods

Interactive method- Experiential approach

Criteria and Methods of Evaluation

Written examination at the end of the semester.

Teaching Language