Music of the Twenty-First Century Diasporas: Research and Methods


Serena Facci; Giovanni Giuriati; Adelaida Reyes; Francesco Remotti; Francesco Serratore; Ortensia Giovannini; Thea Tiramani; Vanna Viola Crupi; Blanche Lacoste; Maria Rizzuto; Linda Cimardi; Fulvia Caruso; Nico Staiti


The volume Music of the Twenty-First Century Diasporas: Research and Methods is the third in a series of online publications by the IISMC, stemming from the international ethnomusicology seminars that the Institute organises each year. It is a series that addresses current and original research topics, contributing to an international debate on the discipline and at the same time constituting an important educational tool, especially at university level. Edited by Serena Facci and Giovanni Giuriati, the volume derives from the seminar bearing the same title organised in San Giorgio in 2020, just before the outbreak of the pandemic. Through the contributions of various authors, mostly Italian, it aims at providing a multi-voiced reflection on the musical life of the many migratory contexts that can be observed in Italy.

A vivid and varied picture emerges from the contributions, both in terms of the particularities of the musical cultures called into play and of the research themes: interaction with Italians, transmission of musical knowledge among second generations, role of musicians and their dynamic relationship with the 'motherland', transnationalism of sacred musics, use of technologies that are increasingly involved in - and determining - the construction of feelings of belonging in the broad and everchanging diasporic borders.

An extensive introduction by Serena Facci and two important chapters by Adelaida Reyes and Francesco Remotti lucidly contribute to tackling the theoretical issues underlying the volume. This initial theoretical part is followed by the presentation of original research conducted by young scholars on the musical practices of various diasporic communities that have settled in Italy recently or for a long time, including Armenians, Chinese, Ukrainians, Eritreans and Sikhs. The last part of the volume takes up, in the light of the research presented, questions of method concerning this peculiar and intrinsically transnational object of research.

In the papers the reader may find several links to audio and video examples that illustrate the research by means of audiovisual documentation, making this volume fully multimedia.


  • Introduction
    Serena Facci
  • Migration: Ethnomusicological Terra (In)cognita?
    Adelaida Reyes
  • Coexist and Convivere.
    Between Similarities and Differences
    Francesco Remotti
  • Wencheng-Milan Return.
    Transnational Musical Practices in the Chinese Diaspora
    Francesco Serratore
  • ‘Notre patrie c’est la meilleure colonie de vacances’.
    Music of the Armenian Diaspora to Understand the Homeland
    Ortensia Giovannini
  • Transmitting Music in a Diasporic Context.
    How Young Sikhs Learn to Chant and Play Kirtan in Italy
    Thea Tiramani
  • Continuity of Chant for a Fluid Community.
    The Case of the Eritrean Christian Migrants in Rome
    Vanna Viola Crupi
  • Taking Care of Yourself, Taking Care of Others.
    Music as a Self-representation of the Caregivers in Rome
    Blanche Lacoste
  • ‘In a Foreign Land’.
    Two Significant Case Studies of the Dialogical Way to Discover Oriental Christian Liturgical Chant
    Maria Rizzuto
  • The African Music Scene in Croatia.
    From Global Influences to Local Elaborations
    Linda Cimardi
  • Emerging Thoughts from Fieldwork about Music and Migration in Cremona and its Surroundings
    Fulvia Caruso
  • On the Relative and Partial Attitude to the Migration of Professional Musicians. Immigrants and Music in Rural Areas in Italy
    Nico Staiti
  • Afterword
    Giovanni Giuriati
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