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“A world of pluralism and diversity”… What?: Perspectives on diversity and uniformity, heterogeneity and homogeneity – and the question of content in general music education
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art. (Aestethics, Culture and Media)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3758-7541
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It has been proclaimed that we live in an era of pluralism and diversity. It’s quite common to speak about the basis of comprehensive approaches and forms of understanding of life's diversity being on the wane. Different values ​​are set free from hierarchical conceptual models. Many stories about the world are said to be existing side by side. In many ways this is a reasonable description of the times we are living in.

At the same time we find some quite opposite tendencies in our societies – tendencies to uniformity, sameness and homogeneity – or worse: simplicity and naivity – or even worse: a sweet innocence (sancta simplicitas) – regarding understanding and thinking about life, society and culture. We face a rise in fundamentalist thought – may be as a consequence of disorientation and a feeling of uncertainty in an era of rapid changes and increasing diversity. We can observe a kind of technical and economical rationality putting its clammy hand over more and more areas of life. This affects a lot of thinking in a number of fields, including education, art, science, health, children, sports and nature.

In this panel, this tendency of uniformity and homogeneity of ideas – within in a culture of proclaimed diversity and heterogeneity – is addressed and discussed from different angles. Starting with some very broad perspectives on technical rationality, the discussion is ending up focusing ideas of content in general music education as well as in music teacher education. The participants in this panel are renowned researchers and music education philosophers that will present ideas connecting to current discussions in Scandinavian countries as well as in Germany in which they all take part. Viewed from an international perspective these critical reflections are not unique. Thus, when the questions on diversity and plurality in music education are discussed, it has the prospective to be of interest to international music education philosophy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keywords [en]
Music philosophy, pluralism, diversity, democracy
National Category
Musicology
Research subject
Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-26279OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-26279DiVA, id: diva2:562403
Conference
Ninth International Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education, Columbia University, New York
Note

Symposia (full article). Submitted. Participants:

Øivind Varkøy – Norwegian Academy of Music, Norway, and Örebro University, Sweden; Eva Georgii-Hemming – Örebro University, Sweden; Hanne Fossum – Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway; Frederik Pio – Aarhus University, Denmark; Christian Rolle – University of Music Saar, Germany, and Örebro University, Sweden

Available from: 2012-10-24 Created: 2012-10-19 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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