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Music, Memory and Affect Attunement: Connecting Kurdish Diaspora in Stockholm
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art, Örebro University, Sweden. (Musikvetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5809-3575
Uppsala universitet, Uppsala, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 8, no 2, 144-164 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this article we take as point of departure Maurice Halbwachs’ notion of collective memory, adding the distinction made by Jan Assmann between communicative and cultural memory, and Alfred Schütz’s notion of communication, understood here as the sonorous communication of bodily affect. In combining and cross-fertilizing the concept of memory with that of affective experience our aim is to take a new and productive perspective on music’s role as and in cultural memory, as well as the crucial role played by affect attunement. For examples we draw on interviews and observations from an on-going research project on the role of music in ethnically based associations in Sweden. In addition we also show how music often transgresses the categorical distinctions of collective memory. The main questions we ask are a) to the extent that there is a difference between music serving as a means for, and as content of collective memory (what the memory is ‘about’), how can we account for and explain this difference? and b) how does verbally narrated content relate to the musically sounding when it comes to collective memory?

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. Vol. 8, no 2, 144-164 p.
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Affect, Affect Attunement, Collective Memory, Cultural Memory, Connectivity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53276DOI: 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1682OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-53276DiVA: diva2:1039990
Music Identity and Multiculture
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2016-10-25 Created: 2016-10-25 Last updated: 2016-11-17Bibliographically approved

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