KISMIF Conference 2020

Musical Cities – Communication, territoriality and politics

‘Cidades Musicais – Comunicação, territorialidade e política [Musical Cities – Communication, territoriality and politics]’ by Cíntia Sanmartin Fernandes and Micael Herschmann


The collection Musical Cities shows that some of the most interesting reflections currently on the universe of music are related to urban experiences. Music can connect us with traditions that unfold over time, but also bind us intensely with spaces, as subjects. This assumption is confirmed by the dense and varied agendas of studies gathered here in this publication. As the reader will have the opportunity to note in this volume, countless cities are increasingly recognizing the capacity of music to mobilize the actors, re-signifying the image of the territories, characterizing them as, for example, a space of great cultural effervescence. At the same time, in many cities around the world, musical culture has become a kind of battlefield, involving conflicts and tensions on relevant topics such as gentrification, tolerance, safety and accessibility. In addition, more and more scenes and musical circuits have strengthened their social meaning in the daily plots, on which urban life is based. In this sense, it is possible to affirm that increasingly, and in different localities of the globe, the actors construct a “musical politics”, that with recurrence claims what Henri Lefebvre denominated of ‘right to the city’. This collection – which brings together a wide range of innovative studies that articulate City & Music – offers a wide range of readers the opportunity to appreciate an emerging and relevant field of study, which is fundamental to better understand the complex dynamics of the current life in the globalized world.


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