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Liaison officer report: Ireland

O'Connell, John Morgan ORCID: 2004. Liaison officer report: Ireland. Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music 105 , pp. 24-27.

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Ethnomusicology is thriving in Ireland. Whereas the ethnomusicology programs at the University of Limerick, University College Cork and University College Dublin are now established, new ethnomusicology programs have begun in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee. Generally speaking, the reasons for this recent growth in ethnomusicology are two-fold. First, the study of Irish music continues to develop, often attracting non-Irish students to the main centers of research. Second, the study of world music traditions has expanded, encouraging Irish students to study ethnomusicology in relevant national institutions. The rapid growth of ethnomusicology reflects the continued expansion of the Irish economy. On the one hand, government bodies have invested heavily in those institutions that promote Irish expressive culture, Irish traditional music being particularly favored. On the other hand, government policy has had to address the problems arising from economic success, especially the rise of racism following the influx of new migrants to the island. In this matter, ethnomusicology provides a locus for investment both to promote Irish culture and to counteract Irish prejudice. Ethnomusicologists have had some difficulty addressing the inherent contradictions in policy decisions. That is, they have found it difficult to accommodate the demands of competing interests within a single disciplinary framework.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Publisher: International Council for Traditional Music
ISSN: 0739-1390
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 07:05

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