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'Brazilian themes' in academic research in the area of music

Grant number: 16/03941-9
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: December 01, 2016 - April 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Music
Principal Investigator:Lia Vera Tomás
Grantee:Lia Vera Tomás
Host Institution: Instituto de Artes (IA). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The aim of this research is to map and to analyze the academic research on music's area contained in the Annals of ANPPOM (National Association for Research and Graduate Studies in Music) between 1988 and 2013, whose emphasis is part of the axis called "Brazilian's Themes" and was the guiding principle of the Association when it was founded in 1988. The corpus of this research, a state of the art accomplished between 2011 and 2014 with funding from FAPESP (2011 / 20183-7 - Academic research on music's area: a state of the art), identified 2,650 papers presented at various sub-areas of the 21 congresses held by the Association. Considering the following key words\terms: 'Brazilian Music' 'Brazil', 'Brazilian', 'national', and 'nationalism' we identified 956 studies (corresponding 36% out the 2560 of included studied) that were suitable in the axis quoted in following subareas: Ethnomusicology: 196 works - 88.2%; Popular Music: 67 works - 91.8%; Musicology: 419 jobs - 72%; Interpretive Practices: 188 works - 44.33%, and Theory & Analysis: 86 works - 32.3%. Because the axis "Brazilian's Themes" is broad and permeate several subareas, an analytical and critical mapping of these works can identify not only definitions and different scopes (or not) about the axis Brazilian's Themes" as well as conflicts between the understanding of some concepts derived from such subject [Brazilian's Themes]. In the search for a better understanding of what is meant by "Brazilian theme" in the search sub-areas and references used (or not) by the authors, will be adopted qualitative methodology. Through this and its principle of saturation, it is expected to get grades and standards that allow unveiling inter-interrelationships between definitions with each other. These patterns emerge from the reinterpretation of works focusing on two main questions: a) there would be a majority understanding of what constitutes "Brazilian themed" between research subfields in music and what are its characteristics; b) if there is a unanimous vote, you can identify a common bibliography of the works, which would guide the key concepts and what would they be? Finally, other secondary questions to be conducted would be: if there is no bibliography and common concepts, which justifications would be used by the researcher in the making of the work, or even the choice of axis "Brazilian theme," by this, there would effectively by an identification with the subject or is by contingency? The result culminating on first and and estimates of the prevalence of publications in different areas of ANPPOM is published on the following link: (AU)

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