In this second colloquium of the ĎAtlantic Soundsí project, we welcome papers which consider the role of music in maritime heritage, regeneration and tourism and the challenges and opportunities that music offers to maritime museums and heritage organisations. We hope that the colloquium will enable the sharing of ideas and good practice.
Music is a defining feature of maritime tradition. In addition to the working music of sea shanties, and the impromptu foo foo bands on board ships, musical performances on passenger liners were a critical medium through which to promote new, popular compositions. Historically, music has played an important role in transatlantic tourism, both as entertainment on board cruise ships and liners and in destination towns and cities, often acting as the prime impetus for making the journey. This topic remains relatively underdeveloped in academia, to the extent that a 2005 publication (Gibson and Connellís Music and Tourism: On the Road Again) purports to be Ďthe first book to comprehensively examine the links between travel and musicí. Similarly, the recent regeneration of many UK port areas and associated attempts to connect the public with maritime heritage might prompt consideration of the role of music in the (re-) development of sailortowns on both sides of the Atlantic as contemporary tourist destinations, but yet Day and Lunn report a lack of critical engagement with maritime music in heritage studies (2003).
Please send abstracts of 200 words for 20-25 minute papers to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 28 March 2013. Decisions will be announced by Monday 8 April 2013.
You would be very welcome to attend the colloquium without offering a paper, but please email email@example.com to reserve your place, as capacity is limited.
Atlantic Sounds: Ships & Sailortowns
The Open University
Faculty of Arts
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