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date: 20 October 2020

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This chapter presents similarities and differences between post-conflict and post-disaster cultural communities through the lens of applied ethnomusicology. Musicians are being impacted by disasters as venues and employment are in shorter supply, distribution channels are shut down, performance contexts shift, and large cultural institutions are threatened. In the wake of conflicts and natural disasters, cultural aid workers bear much-needed resources as they facilitate conflict resolution and cultural development. This chapter also addresses fundamental issues applied ethnomusicologists face in navigating the diverse field of international development in which social, economic, and political concerns often sideline equally important cultural ones. While the main case studies are drawn from the author’s fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina on the postwar cultural situation there, more general findings are informed by visits to other post-catastrophe environments.

Keywords: applied ethnomusicology, Bosnia-Herzegovina, post-conflict, disaster, music, post-catastrophe, international development

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