Attending to the nightingale: On a multispecies ethnomusicology

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Posthumanism, now in the mainstream of the humanities and humanistic social sciences, poses a challenge to ethnomusicology, a discipline inherently focused on the human and social aspects of music. Drawing from a survey of birds in the ethnomusicological scholarship and the author's research on music and birds in Brazil, this article proposes an approach to ethnomusicology that emphasizes nonhuman factors and their own properties and effects as a method for better understanding music as a meaningful human phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-224
Number of pages26
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Music


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