El Sistema Program as a Field of Cultural Encounter

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Κατεύθυνση Εθνομουσικολογία και Πολιτισμική Ανθρωπολογία
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Kyratsou Chrysi
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Βασιλική Λαλιώτη, Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια, Τμήμα Μουσικών Σπουδών, Εθνικόν και Καποδιστριακόν Πανεπιστήμιον Αθηνών
Original Title:
Το Πρόγραμμα El Sistema ως Πεδίο Πολιτισμικής Συνάντησης
Translated title:
El Sistema Program as a Field of Cultural Encounter
The specific Thesis discusses the question “how does participating in El Sistema program function as a field of cultural encounter among refugees/ migrants and the citizens of the host society”.
To answer the main question of this project, (multi-sited) ethnographic research in sites where sessions of the program took place, was employed. Data were collected via participant observation, and via semi-structured interviews, and discussions. The observations in the field, the notes from interviews and the discussions were recorded in fieldnotes; ethnographic diary was also kept.
At first, the definition of the parameters setting the cultural encounter was attempted. “Overlapping Displacements” theory (Fiddian-Qasmiyeh 2016) was a crucial tool for processing the material. At a second level, an attempt to describe the musical experiences and consequently aspects of the subjects’ identities, was made; crucial to the processing of the data was DeNora’ s notion that conscious musical choices in daily life shape the aesthetic dimension of human agency (2004). Finally, the research lens focused on the very function of the lesson as a practice processing the actions in its context, observed according to the term “musicking” (Small 2010), as well as the emerging potential for the shaping of identities (see Turino 2008, Green 2011).

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Research shed light on the following:
a) On the ways in which subjects are shaped by their own activity and their in-between interactions, with human body implementing these interactions.
b) On the role of the soundscape as a site where interactions are resonated, and therefore as a source of knowledge for the cultural encounters occurring in the field.
c) On the potential occurring from the coexistence in the context of a participatory performance.
Main subject category:
Geography - Anthropology - Folklore
El Sistema, refugees crisis, migrant crisis, refugees, migrants, immigrants, musicking, practice, inclusion, integration, embodiment, displacement, host society, culture, interaction, power relations, overlapping displacements, soundscape, music, musicians, music-education, music lesson, western art music, identity
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