Music!Dance!Culture! Podcasting as ethnographic field research
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Music!Dance!Culture! (www.music-dance-culture.com) is a podcast about music and dance across cultures supported by an Australian Anthropology Society’s Engaged Anthropology Grant and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The podcast makes academic research about music accessible to a wider audience, and particularly to the communities with whom we do our research. In a time when opportunities for performance are fewer and musicians’ livelihoods have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, the podcast has provided an important avenue for performance and sharing of the knowledge of vulnerable musical traditions. The podcast has also fostered innovative approaches to ethnomusicological fieldwork in a time when travel has been curtailed. Hosts Mahesh White-Radhakrishnan and Georgia Curran will discuss podcast production, reflect on the challenges they have overcome, and share some examples from episodes in a new show reel. This event will also include performances of minority musical genres featured in our podcast episodes.