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Music in Detention during the (Post) Civil-War Era in Greece (1947-1957)

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Project "MUSDEWAR" data sheet

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Organization address
address: ODOS SYNGROU 136
postcode: 176 71

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 Coordinator Country Greece [EL]
 Total cost 164˙653 €
 EC max contribution 164˙653 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-CAR
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-12-01   to  2019-11-30


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 Project objective

MUSDEWAR will investigate the use of music in Greek prison camps in the (post) civil-war era (1947-1957). Despite a recent shift in musicology, which has begun to address music’s potential to damage subjectivity, there are still major gaps in the history of music’s use in mass detention camps. Contributing to the wider history of detention camps in the twentieth century, MUSDEWAR will fill this gap by critically examining: (1) the use of music as a means to ‘re-educate’, punish, humiliate and ‘break’ prisoners; (2) ‘performance under orders’: official camp orchestras and choirs; (3) music compositions, performances, and debates on Greek music by intellectuals-detainees. Analysing these aspects will combine historical and empirical research with a critical and theoretical framework. The project will document and reconstruct the use of music and musical life in the camps through archival and textual research, and interviews with former detainees, composers and intellectuals of the time. An interdisciplinary framework will be developed to analyse and interpret research findings, using tools from musicology, history, social anthropology, philosophy, trauma studies and critical theory. MUSDEWAR will deliver a monograph to a major international academic publisher. Moving beyond the humanistic notion of music as an inherently enlightening art, the monograph will synthesize research into an empirically rich and theoretically grounded account of the multifaceted use of music in the Greek camps. Intermediate aims include a project website and two articles to peer-reviewed journals. Actions for networking and knowledge transfer include research presentations, a workshop, a public outreach event (symposium, exhibition), projects in secondary schools, and a proposal for a European Research Council Starting Grant. Results will contribute directly to trans-national public debates about human rights and current forms of detention, particularly with regard to mass asylum seeking in the European Union.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
Dan Lundberg. Singing through the Bars: Prison Songs as Identity Markers and as Cultural Heritage. Stockholm: Svenskt Visarkiv / Statens Musikverk, 2018. 210 pp., sources and literature. ISBN 9789198192612 (paperback).
published pages: 286-287, ISSN: 0740-1558, DOI: 10.1017/ytm.2019.21
Yearbook for Traditional Music 51 2020-04-15
2020 Anna Papaeti
On Music, Torture and Detention: Reflections on Issues of Research and Discipline
published pages: , ISSN: 2110-6134, DOI: 10.4000/transposition.5289
Transposition Hors-série 2 2020-04-15

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