PhD 911 Non-Western Educational Philosophy, 2023

We are happy to announce that a unique doctoral course PhD 911 Non-Western Educational Philosophy and Policy will be offered in the late spring: May 4-12, 2023. This 5-ECTS (fully accredited) course is presented entirely online, free of charge through Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, to qualified PhD students in Norway and around the world.

Offered for only a few years so far, the course already has a good record for producing publications. The very first cohort of this course (2020-2021) developed a special issue of a refereed journal, and the second cohort (2021-2022) collaborated with the first cohort to produce a book together on Springer press (see below). The 2023 cohort will also be encouraged to develop a scholarly publication together.

Do you know a doctoral student in education, philosophy, area studies, or a related field, who might be interested in joining this course? The application deadline is 23 March 2023. 

Please share with colleagues!

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Shared Listenings

After some delays with the press, our book on intercultural music projects will soon be formatted and published: Shared Listenings: Methods for Transcultural Music Performance and Research. In less than two weeks, the final version will be returned to Cambridge University Press.

Co-authored by Stefan Ostersjo, David Hebert, Thanh Thuy Nguyen, and Henrik Frisk, this book is an outcome of the Musical Transformations project in Vietnam. We received unusually positive feedback from two reviewers, and we are confident the book will be valuable for musicians, composers, and researchers interested in intercultural music projects.

Click HERE for more information. Note: The above image is of a Vietnamese "moon lute" collected during the project, but is not the actual book cover. 

Guest Lecture by Emily Akuno

UPDATE: This event has been postponed. 

We are pleased to announce that Professor Emily Achieng’ Akuno will be giving a guest lecture on arts leadership at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences on 22 March 2023.

Dr. Akuno is Professor of Music Education at the Technical University of Kenya, in Nairobi, and has recently served as Deputy Vice Rector for the Co-operative University of Kenya. 

In recent years she has held roles as President of the International Society for Music Education and President of the International Music Council (UNESCO). Her book Music Education in Africa: Concept, Process, and Practice was published by Routledge in 2019.

Here are links for more information about Prof. Akuno:





Arts in Cultural Diplomacy

This summer, a panel of very interesting papers will be presented for the Research Committee for Sociology of Arts, part of the International Sociological Association, for the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Melbourne, Australia (June 25-July 1, 2023). 

Founded in 1949 under the auspices of UNESCO, the ISA is the leading scholarly organization for the field of sociology, with around 4,500 members in 167 countries worldwide 

Below is the abstract and list of paper presentations for the Arts in Cultural Diplomacy session, for which I am the organizing Chair. Accomplished researchers from universities in Australia, Brazil, France and Norway will contribute to the session:


Arts in Cultural Diplomacy

Researchers are increasingly examining how music and other arts are used in cultural diplomacy initiatives. In such contexts, the arts function as a form of "soft power" that deflects attention to universally appreciated aspects of a local or national culture even under circumstances that are complicated for international or bilateral relations. Cultural diplomacy through arts thereby serves as a bridge that enables reduction of hostilities through affirmation of mutual appreciation and shared humanity. Sociological theory is only beginning to develop adequate explanations of the mechanisms of arts in cultural diplomacy, particularly when it comes to diplomacy of non-western nations toward the west in a postcolonial era. New studies in this field may seek to provide robust quantitative or qualitative descriptions as well as refinement of theoretical models to enhance explanation of phenomena and processes associated with arts diplomacy.




The Affordances of Musical Participation and Improvisation for Conflict Transformation 

Ryan MARTIN, University of New South Wales, Australia


Beyond Carnegie Hall: Strategies and Mediations in the Promotion of Bossa Nova in the United States
, University of São
Paulo, Brazil


Beyond Bellephonic Sound: Musical Diplomacies in the Ukraine War
Frederic RAMEL
, SciencesPo, France


Transnational TV Series and Cultural Diplomacy: A Case Study
Dimitra Laurence LAROCHELLE
, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, France


More details will be posted here later this year.