Call for Contributions: Ethnomusicology Review's “Historical Perspectives” Blog

History is not a universal narrative of one tradition, one person, one people, or one nation; rather, it is the sum of all possible histories that may illuminate a present moment or place. To conduct research in ethnomusicology, musicology, or any other discipline of the humanities is to inherently engage in the study of histories, including how they converge, intersect, and conflict. People have different habits, different worldviews, and different cultures of music as a result of certain historical experiences, which are remembered and reimagined over time. As researchers of music in culture or music as culture, we also become wrapped up within intersections and conflicts between histories, and have our own ways of imagining them too. Editors of the Ethnomusicology Review would like to invite you to share historical perspectives from your research for our online platform "Sounding Board." Tell us why conflicts and convergences of history are important to understanding a current place or space of music making of interest to you today. Additionally, if you have any other project, conference paper, or unpublished work dealing with issues surrounding history and music, feel free to reach out!


Please contact Gabe Lavin, associate editor of Ethnomusicology Review’s “Sounding Board: Historical Perspectives,” at if you wish to contribute or have any questions. Sounding Board is an informal, yet academically focused online platform to discuss research, ideas, and other issues related to the fields of musicology and ethnomusicology.

"Sounding Board" is intended as a space for scholars to publish thoughts and observations about their current work. These postings are not peer reviewed and do not reflect the opinion of Ethnomusicology Review. We support the expression of controversial opinions, and welcome civil discussion about them. We do not, however, tolerate overt discrimination based on race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or religion, and reserve the right to remove posts that we feel might offend our readers.