This research/action project mobilizes a small team of master’s students from the campus of the University of Paris West Nanterre La Défense (UPO) to apply ethnomusicology to the very city that surrounds the campus. Begun at the beginning of 2010, it uses students in the professional master’s Ethnomusicology and anthropology of dance (EMAD) in UPO’s Department of Ethnology, Prehistory, Ethnomusicology.
In a multicultural and historically rich city like Nanterre, there are certain individuals or families who carry a remarkable traditional knowledge that is often unknown to their neighbors.
This project contributes to the creation of an ethnomusicological audiovisual collection of heritage music played and danced by a sub-group. Beyond the archiving of repertories and life narratives, the project has the ambition of promoting and supporting Nanterrians’ practices (through the organization of events, but also the creation of an Internet site and the filming of a web-documentary). Finally, the project permits the development of a professionalizing education inscribed in the framework and problematics of the cluster all the while establishing a link between research and the general public. It is also an opportunity to inscribe the cluster in the local area with its collection of oral archives.
Nicolas PRÉVÔT , University Paris Nanterre
Internal cluster partners
- Laboratory of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology (LESC) - UMR 7186
City of Nanterre
Nanterre House of Music
Teaser of the webdocumentary INOUI by the students and profesors of the EMAD Master's degree, directed by Alexandre Leborgne
The web documentary “INOUI, music from the world of Nanterre,” presents one part of the ethnomusicological audiovisual corpus on the musical and dance heritage of one population: the inhabitants of Nanterre. The culmination of the research-action program “The musical heritage of Nanterrians,” the project was initiated by the University of Paris Nanterre’s department of anthropology (master’s EMAD) and developed within the LabEx The pasts in the present. Conducted in Nanterre since 2010, this ethnomusicological program mobilizes students in ethnomusicology and anthropology of dance and managed by a faculty member-researcher.
Beyond the archiving of repertoires and life stories, the project seeks to promote and bring to life the practices of Nanterrians. It aims to chart a living heritage, make known, and give legitimacy to little-known yet extraordinary musical practices