Music And….Nationalism

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Conductor Jiri Belohlavek and soloist Renee Fleming perform ‘Rule Britannia’ at the last night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on September 11, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Kent/WireImage)

The spectre of national anthems being sung at mass events, political rallies and the use of pop music and established musicians providing endorsements at political rallies suggest that the relationship between music and the spirit nationalism is as strong as it has been since its emergence as a feature of 19th century romantic music. This project aims to bring together global and inclusive interdisciplinary perspectives on the relationship between music and nationalism.

Current political change and visions of the reconfiguration of political landscapes at the local and global scale provide the opportunity for a new critical reassessment of the relationship between music and nationalism. Has music become such a transnational force that the effect of music as tool to engender nationalism in the public psyche no longer has any efficacy? What are the current trends in the relationship between music and political movements?


1st Global Conference
Friday 29th June – Saturday 30th June 2018
Palermo, Italy

Call for submissions, papers, presentations, performances and participation now active.