International Relations Are Acoustic. Let’s Listen!

Introduction Frédéric Ramel Sciences Po, Paris doi: 10.18278/aia.3.2.1 “Liberals are musicians, Realists are jocks” (Walt 2011). By setting up a link between one of the main general theories in international relations and art, Walt provides a very common interpretation of music as harmony. Any musical performance relies on cooperation between musicians and their sounds. So…

Critical Reflections on Music and Humanitarian Narratives

Luis Velasco-Pufleau University of Fribourg / Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris Afterword by Stephanie Weber Lenbachhaus, Munich doi: 10.18278/aia.3.2.3   Introduction On November 16, 2014, Bob Geldof appeared on the UK TV show The X-Factor in order to present the latest version of his 1984 well-known charity song “Do they know it’s Christmas?”…

Reconciliation: Does Music Matter?

Emilie Aussems UCLouvain-Belgium doi: 10.18278/aia.3.2.4   Music as a peacebuilding tool has been increasingly applied in post-conflict situations, in the form of peace concerts or festivals, instrumental or vocal ensembles, music schools or workshops. One of the best-known examples of such initiatives is probably the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Founded in 1999 by D. Barenboim and…

The Barenboim Case: How to Link Music and Diplomacy Studies

Frédéric Ramel Sciences Po, Paris Michael Jung Miller & Meier Consulting, Berlin doi: 10.18278/aia.3.2.5   Introduction “I’m so happy that you are here. Because you are the first thing from Israel that is neither a soldier, nor a tank” (Barenboim 2004a)—this is what a Palestinian girl reportedly expressed after a concert Daniel Barenboim conducted in Ramallah….

Brazilian Funk Can Make a Political Difference

Corentin Cohen Sciences Po, Paris doi: 10.18278/aia.3.2.6 Brazilian hip-hop and funk music come from popular classes and neighborhoods but became mainstream musical styles. While they are still despised by upper classes and older generations they also became an international genre giving new visibility and a potentially powerful political tool for part of the population living…