Atlantic Sounds: Ships and Sailortowns investigates the role that music has played in cross-cultural encounters around the Atlantic rim (which includes the Americas, Africa and the Caribbean) from around 1740 to the present. Although there has been research into the presence of music from these countries in Europe, the processes and mechanisms that established such connections are less clear. The transmission and development of musical cultures across oceans by seafarers, travelers, and free and forced migrants is clearly an area ripe for further study. This project focuses specifically on the circumstances of the ship - which literally transports music and musicians across the Atlantic - and the sailortown - the diverse and ever-changing port communities where sailors from all over the world interact, including through music-making.
The International Conference and Study Day are the culmination of the of the AHRC-funded phase of Atlantic Sounds, building on the three specialised colloquia in 2013. The International Conference will take place on 14-15 March 2014 at the Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool, UK. We welcome submissions from new contributors and also from speakers who participated in our previous events.
Please see the project website for the full Call for Papers.
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