The first special issue of Music and Arts in Action (MAiA) presents the proceedings of a 2009 conference on ‘Music and Migration’, which was part of the 3-year research project ‘Diaspora as Social and Cultural Practice: A Study of Transnational Networks across Europe and Africa’. The project was based at the Universities of Southampton and Aberdeen.
The issue includes empirical studies of artistic and cultural practices around the globe to discuss the creative practices of migrant cultural practitioners beyond geographic diasporic communities. Besides an introduction by guest editors Nadia Kiwan and Ulrike Hanna Meinhof, there are contributions in this issue highlighting the ways in which musical activities create space for negotiating cultural, social, and political engagement in cities and nation-states, for example “Salsa/Bhangra: Transnational Rhythm Cultures in Comparative Perspective”.
The latest issue of Music and Arts in Action (MAiA) has been published at http://musicandartsinaction.net
The call for papers for the next theme issue on musical and artistic mediations can be found here.