This volume explores the interrelation of international relations, music, and diplomacy from a multidisciplinary perspective. Throughout history, diplomats have gathered for musical events, and musicians have served as national representatives. Whatever political unit is under consideration (city-states, empires, nation-states), music has proven to be a component of diplomacy, its ceremonies, and its strategies. Following the recent acoustic turn in IR theory, the authors explore the notion of "musical diplomacies" and ask whether and how it differs from other types of cultural diplomacy. Accordingly, sounds and voices are dealt with in acoustic terms but are not restricted to music per se, also taking into consideration the voices (speech) of musicians in the international arena.
Read an interview with the editors here: https://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/en/content/international-relations-music-and-diplomacy-sounds-and-voices-international-stage
Frédéric Ramel is Full Professor and Head of the Political Science Department at Sciences Po, Centre de Recherches Internationales, France.
Cécile Prévost-Thomas is Associate Professor in Sociology of Music at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, Centre de Recherche sur les Liens Sociaux, France.
1. Introduction. Understanding Musical Diplomacies: Movements on the "Scenes"by Cécile Prévost-Thomas and Frédéric Ramel
Part I: Shaping the Musical Scene: Sounds and Voices as Objectives of Diplomacy
2. Europe in Rome / Rome in Europe: Diplomacy as a Network of Cultural Exchangesby Michela Berti
3. Eighteenth-Century Diplomats as Musical Agentsby Mark Ferraguto
4. Targeting New Music in Postwar Europe: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Crafting of Art Music Avant-Garde Scenesby Anne-Sylvie Barthel-Calvet
Part II: Shaping the Diplomatic Scene: Sounds and Voices as Frameworks of Diplomacy
5. The Diplomatic Violby Rebekah Ahrendt
6. The Diplomat's Music Test: Branding New and Old Diplomacy at the Beginnings of the Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuriesby Damien Mahiet
7. Schaeffer, Boulez and the Everyday Diplomacies of French Decolonizationby Noé Cornago
Part III: Bringing Music to the Fore of the Diplomatic Scene: Sounds and Voices as Objects of Diplomacy
8. Negotiating the Pitch: For a Diplomatic A, at the Crossroads of Politics, Music, Science and Industryby Fanny Gribenski
9. Music, Diplomacy and International Solidarity: The Campaign for Miguel Angel Estrella (1977-1980)by Esteban Buch and Anaïs Fléchet
10. The Eurovision Song Contest in the Musical Diplomacy of Authoritarian Statesby Dean Vuletic
11. Music That Divides: The Case of Russian Musical Diplomacy in the Baltic Statesby Emilijia Pundziute Gallois
12. Of Dreams and Desire: Diplomacy and Musical Nation Branding Since the Early Modern Period
by Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht