Keynote, “Mapping London Through Song: Geographies of Popular Music and Transculturalism”

Sweers, Britta (30 June 2020). Keynote, “Mapping London Through Song: Geographies of Popular Music and Transculturalism” (Unpublished). In: ‘London Calling’, UK & Ireland IASPM Online Conference. London (Online). 19.5.-31.7.2020.

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This presentation sketches approaches the musical mapping of London – as undertaken in many “best of”-lists from a transcultural perspective. Reflecting on the concept of transculturalism and the method of Cultural Mapping, the presentation starts out from a macro-perspective by mapping the songs that have been related to London in popular music. As becomes apparent here, mainstream music lists represent and contribute to the implementation of iconic London locations. Yet, as a comparison of songs related to one central reference location, such as “London Bridge”, illustrates, related attributions vary strongly, hereby representing different mappings of London. At the same time, these popular lists contrast the musical network of communities so varied and complex as London, hereby often excluding repertoires that actually address transcultural identities in a context of thick globalization and modern digitalization.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Musicology
06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for Global Studies (CGS)

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Sweers, Britta


700 Arts > 780 Music




Britta Sweers

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03 Sep 2020 10:44

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05 Dec 2022 15:40


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