Call for Chapter Proposals

Freitag, 31. Mai 2024 um 07:48 Uhr

Music and Sustainability

With the current (re)emergence of broad-based social environmental activism, the topic of sustainability has become an integral part of public and political discourse around the globe. Likewise, in ethnomusicology sustainability has recently become an increasingly prominent topic and as such, the perspectives and conceptualizations diversified.

This volume seeks to critically examine the conceptual linkages between culture and sustainability. We welcome chapters that address various aspects of this theme, including but not limited to:

  • Conceptualizations and critiques of cultural sustainability.
  • The role of music, culture and communities in sustainability discourses.
  • Alternative conceptualizations of sustainability, especially with respect to indigenous viewpoints and experiences from the Global South
  • Intersections between music, ecology and sustainable development.
  • Explorations of non-sustainable musical practices.
  • Approaches to sustainable ethnomusicology and research.
  • The importance of resilience for music cultures, especially with regard to the past pandemic years
  • Discourses of cultural sustainability and their distinction from related discourses such as cultural heritage studies and salvage ethnography.
  • The potential of musical practices to promote cultures of sustainability.
  • The ecological and economic dimensions of sustainability in musical contexts.
  • Music practices in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Critical perspectives on cultural sustainability and power structures.


Interested authors are invited to submit an abstract of approximately 350 words that clearly outlines their intended contribution to by May 31, 2024. Acceptance decisions will be communicated by July 7.


Full chapters should be between 5000 to 8000 words in length including references and submitted by November 30, 2024.

Publication of the edited volume by University of Hildesheim Press is planned for the end of 2025.

Editorial team: Martin Ringsmut, Michael Fuhr, Mira Wöllenstein

Find the full call here.