About the Network RMC – University of Copenhagen

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About the network RMC

The aim of the network will be to promote and encourage the scholarly study of music censorship, and to research the role of music in relation to human rights and artistic freedom of expression in its broadest sense.

The network will question the often uncomplicated and simplified definitions of the concept in popular discourse, and based on a firm understanding of music as a socially organised means of communication and through identification and documentation of discourses on restrictions and regulations in musical expression, the participating researchers will examine global, regional and local frameworks for music censorship.

Further the network will investigate legal, political, commercial and cultural conditions, contribute to the definition of the field and promote new theoretical and methodological perspectives for the understanding of the interplay of music and power. The research questions focus on historical as well as contemporary music censorship and will add to the understanding of music in everyday life, in the discourses between public and private spaces, as well as in war and conflicts.
Basically interdisciplinary and open ended in its approach the focus of the examinations will be on music as artistic expression, as a marker of identity, and as cultural communication. 

The network has around 45 members, associates and consultants. It includes a number of PhD students; some permanently attached to the groups and others more freely attending selected activities.

Aims of the network

Due to a strong attention in the Nordic countries to negotiations on culture, power, and human rights, and to the participation of some of the most prominent international researchers in the field, the Nordic network  provides a unique platform for coordinating a flow of diverse moves which are at the moment emerging in international research on freedom of expression. It will also be of high priority to train future researchers in the field through a series of structured seminars and workshops. The goal will not as such be to eradicate and fight censorship, but instead to provide an informed knowledge of the role of culture and music in a global and modern world and of the practices which causes the restrictions and silencing of targeted groups and individuals.

During the three year period the network will disseminate its findings through programmed contacts with research students and it will communicate its results to the scholarly environment and to a broader section of the public spheres in the Nordic countries in publications, reports and finally in an international conference. As such the proposed work will be of importance to many sections in society, and it will provide new knowledge which can create innovation of importance to NGOs, state agencies as well as private commerce.