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Title: Performing interculture : inequality, diversity and difference in contemporary music production in Berlin
Author: Kolbe, Kristina
ISNI:       0000 0004 8507 3857
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis explores contemporary forms of music production and performance in Berlin, Germany, and analyses to what extent these are associated with transformative forms of urban multiculture, or the reproduction of elite formations and racialised notions of difference. Based on an ethnographic study, including qualitative interviewing, participant observations and musicological reflections, I examine a self-described 'intercultural' music project which has been developed by an established opera institution in Berlin. The project seeks to interrogate its position as part of Germany's highbrow music realm by promoting a 'Turkish German' intervention in Berlin's cultural sector. Set against the project's specific institutional setting and its urban context, where the legacies of German imperialism and racialised guestworker policies continue to crystallise, I probe how the project's organisational and aesthetic practices construct particular notions of difference and shape concepts of cultural value and legitimacy - in short, I examine how interculture is performed in the context of Project X. In so doing, I consider the creative practices of music-making but also link such aesthetic discussions to an analysis of wider discourses around citizenship, identity and belonging that operate in Germany. My study traces to what extent Project X unsettles hegemonic constructions of difference but also shows when and under which conditions the project reproduces marginalising discourses around 'race', migration, class and gender by ultimately relegating transgressive musical representations back into the standardised logics of a Western art music institution. This study contributes to critical scholarship on cultural production and to current debates in sociology concerned with the remaking of social inequalities and cultural distinctions in the context of urban multiculture. On a more practical level, my thesis offers a critical review of intercultural efforts made in Berlin's highbrow music sector and suggests a reflexive way forward for cultural projects that seek to engage with the multicultural city.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HC Economic History and Conditions ; HM Sociology ; M Music