Journal of Urban Culture Research


Gisa Jähnichen

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Taking organological research and display of outcomes in China, Vietnam, and Malaysia as example, this paper is to highlight burning issues regarding the pur-pose and meaning of the discipline in the context of research communities expe-riencing urbanity. Methodologically, this paper argues mainly in dialogue with the discussion on transcultural musicology. In the mentioned region, urban museums, archives, and universities are widely modeled according to successful academic institutions of supposedly global importance. The perspective of expected success needs a radical turn in order to serve social sustainability and a growing knowl-edge base that is inclusive regarding subjects and objects under research. The radical turn in de-academizing derives from the questioning of basic assumptions that once started with an uncritical praise of Herder's groundwork in defining 'people' and finds expression in the social engagement with ethnic minorities, mi-grants, diaspora, and other categorically constructed groups of people in specific nation states and their urban centers.



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