Music Diplomacy Book Published

Volume II of our Deep Soundings book series has just been published: Ethnomusicology and Cultural Diplomacy. This book includes contributors from many countries across the world who seek to show how music projects are used to generate intercultural understanding, empathy, and reconciliation.

For me, the need for a book on this topic became clear when I was invited for an interview feature in a Geneva-based magazine for diplomats called DIVA International Diplomat (published in 2020, p.18-20). But cultural diplomacy matters far beyond the specialized sphere of ambassadors and professional diplomats, since it encompasses an array of artistic and social activities, sometimes even focused on relations between nations (or ethnicities) within a single state. Cultural diplomacy, we argue, is also relevant for teachers at all levels of schooling who seek to find innovative ways of internationalizing their student’s experiences for a richer quality of education.

During the writing of this book, our contributors faced an array of complex challenges, from severe Covid lockdowns to violent conflicts, including the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, volatile unrest in Hong Kong, and a catastrophic civil war in Tigray, Ethiopia. Our contributing author from Ethiopia disappeared in the chaos after sending us parts of his chapter, and following many months of concern we are still unable to confirm whether he survived. War is the opposite of what most kinds of music participation aim to cultivate. We hope this book will help generate new ideas for how peaceful relations and mutual respect can be fostered through music. 

It is taking a while for the book to be internationally distributed, so we will plan a book launch event for sometime in August or September.  


Conference in Estonia Funded

UPDATE (9 September 2022): Click here for an important update on this course, which will now be offered in a different location:  https://sociomusicology.blogspot.com/2022/09/nordic-network-2022-course-in-bergen.html

It is a pleasure to announce that Nordplus (Nordic governments) has just confirmed it will fund the upcoming Nordic Network for Music Education (NNME) conference and Master course in Estonia (24-28 October, 2022). The course is titled Challenges of Digital Tools in Music Education (an extension of the NNME project Digital Competence and Digitized Musical Heritage) and will be hosted by The Viljandi Culture Academy, University of Tartu, Estonia.

Master students from 19 partner institutions across all eight Nordic and Baltic countries can participate in the course’s online activities, and selected students will receive a travel grant covering all expenses to participate in person at the course site in beautiful Viljandi, Estonia.

An inspiring documentary film was made about last year’s NNME course in Iceland, and a recent book shows what NNME has achieved across its 25 years of professionalizing music education in the NB8 countries. Further information will be available soon on the website of the Nordic Network for Music Education.


Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viljandi#/media/File:Viljandi_panoramic.jpg



Projects in Late Spring 2022

After almost three weeks of Covid, it is quite a relief to have - finally - nearly recovered. There is a lot to catch up on, and we will soon get back on track with several projects, including some book chapters with the GAME research group, a proposal under development by the Royal College of Music, planning of the next NNME course, PhD admissions decisions for the CABUTE project, and hosting of the EU-funded Music Talks project in May in Bergen. And, after that: Bergen Summer Research School.

We will also move to completion of my tenth book, an edited volume on an exciting topic with implications for education, international relations, and the arts: Comparative and Decolonial Studies in Philosophy of Education. It has been a pleasure to work on this project with a new generation of promising scholars from around the world, and we are delighted to include a Foreword by a brilliant internationalist colleague Koji Matsunobu, and even an Afterword by renowned educational philosopher Yusef Waghid. It looks like we can still manage to submit the book to Springer press approximately as scheduled, in July 2022, just a few weeks before my fiftieth birthday. We are quite hopeful that this book will inspire teachers with a global view and new ways of approaching education. Below is the Table of Contents.



Table of Contents


                        Koji Matsunobu


                        David G. Hebert

Introduction: Why comparative and decolonial studies in philosophy of education?  

David G. Hebert

Chapter 1        Cai Yuanpei and aesthetic education in modern China

Ning Luo and Tao Guan        

Chapter 2        Self-reflection, East and West: Educational implications of Kyoto School versus Humboldtian Bildung approaches

                        Miwa Chiba

Chapter 3        Ki Hadjar Dewantara and philosophy of education in Indonesia

Dorothy Ferary

Chapter 4        Philosophy of education in the Philippines: Virgilio Enriquez and Sikolohiyang Pilipino

Czarecah Tuppil Oropilla, Charla Rochella Santiago-Saamong and Jean Guadana

Chapter 5        Beyond education: A balanced perspective embodied in Tagore and Hu Shih’s educational philosophies

Lexuan Zhang and David G. Hebert

Chapter 6        Lessons from ubuntu for moral education

Pip Bennett

Chapter 7        Omoluabi and Asabiyah philosophies: Afro-Arabian perspectives on inclusive education policy in Nigeria

Abass Bolaji Isiaka

Chapter 8        The “happy island” of Polish music education: Self-Orientalization of educational philosophies in post-Soviet Europe

                        Adam Switala and Piotr Majewski  

Conclusion: Advancing and applying comparative and decolonial studies in philosophy of education 

Pip Bennett, Dorothy Ferary, and David G. Hebert


Yusef Waghid