Diasporic Contact Zones at the BBC World Service
This project set out to identify the ways in which BBC World Service music broadcasting might be said to constitute a form of 'cultural brokerage'. We wanted to evaluate how far such brokerage has yielded intra-diasporic contact zones (e.g. Iranians communicating with Iranians) and/or cross-diasporic contact zones in music (e.g. communication and contact across linguistic, regional or cultural borders).
We aimed to assess, via a series of case studies, the extent and kind of affective, social and political impact of World Service music broadcasting on World Service audiences-cum-publics. In this way, we hoped to weigh the vaunted cosmopolitanism of World Service music broadcasting (historically and in the present). Through case studies of migrating music at key historical conjunctures (WWII, 1980s, 2009) we aimed to reflect on the question of how far such cosmopolitanism might be a product of:
We used our case studies, and theoretical reflection and synthesis to achieve the above aims.
The aims of the project are developed through the following research questions:
Dr Jason Toynbee, The Open University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, firstname.lastname@example.org