As the organizer of the lecture series WORLD MUSIC STUDIES at the University of Vienna, I wondered how - based on these controversial lines of thought - non-suicidal prospects for the future can be won. Is Ethnomusicology in reality badly prepared for the future?
We invited well-known international representatives of our discipline to participate in the lecture series. We wanted to discuss with them whether in their opinion ethnomusicology meets the challenges of our times. Do we need to follow Timothy Rice's call for arming ourselves, or should we rather consider Ellen Koskoff's question of whether "muscle" is necessarily a good thing (2010)?
This book contains written versions of lectures held in 2014 under the heading WORLD MUSIC STUDIES at the University of Vienna. It is our intention to make the held discussions accessible to a wider circle of ethnomusicologists. We would be delighted if the publication would prove fruitful for future discussions.