CfP: Soundtracks: Music, Tourism and Travel

Deadline: 21 November 2011
Open to: anyone who wished to apply
Venue: 6-9 July 2012, Liverpool, United Kingdom

In this, the CTCC’s 6th international research conference, and in the City of Liverpool famed for its popular music, we seek to explore the relationships between tourism, tourists and all forms/genres and sub-genres of music including: popular, classical, folk, dance, rock, jazz and hip-hop, across all cultures and continents.

In the context of new and old global mobilities, we are interested in musical pilgrimage, the material and social flows of travellers and musicians, the cultural and economic policies that promote music tourism, festivals and performances for tourists, ethnographies of touristic encounters with music, the place of music in the representation of tourism destinations and, the role of music in the construction of tourist discourses, narratives and memories.

The conference aims to provide critical dialogue beyond disciplinary boundaries and epistemologies and thus we welcome papers from the widest range of disciplines and fields including: anthropology, cultural geography, cultural studies, ethnology and folklore, history, heritage studies, landscape studies, leisure studies, museum studies, musicology and ethnomusicology, philosophy, political sciences, sociology, subaltern studies, tourism studies and urban/spatial planning.


Anyone who wished to submit a paper.

Submission of papers

Please submit a 300 word abstract including title and full contact details as an electronic file to

Key themes of interest to the conference include:

  • Musical memory – the role of music in narratives of touristic experience
  • Fans, pilgrimage and performances – motivations, behaviours and meanings
  • The tourist’s involvement in preserving and creating musical traditions
  • Managing tourists at musical sites
  • Musical imaginaries – representing places, peoples and pasts in music
  • Dance tourism and embodied practices
  • Designing ambience – mobilising music in touristic spaces
  • Music festivals as opportunities for tourist encounters
  • Inspirations – travelling musicians
  • Music as intangible heritage – touring through traditions
  • Challenging musical traditions – tourist ‘noise’


For further details on the conference please contact us at Email or Tel. +44 (0) 113 812 8541.

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