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Puls – journal for ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology

Puls no 3 – new issue, April 2018

In the third issue of Puls, three articles are in Swedish. Two texts concern aspects on different kinds of roles for instrumental musicians in a traditional context. One of them discusses three Swedish trend-setting fiddlers in the early 20th century as examples of the autonomising of a cultural field, with the use of concepts borrowed from Pierre Bourdieu. The other is a study of how different roles and identities may be applied to a Gotlandic accordionist, in his own eyes and in the view of others. The topic of the third article has its origin on the partly joint Finnish-Swedish history over several centuries; the author discusses the function of a certain drinking-song tradition in the construction of a Finland-Swedish identity on the East side of the Baltic.

The Guest Editor’s Column is a longer essay on traditional music archives and collections in Norway. The text discusses the choices that the staff of folk music and dance archives have to make in relation to, on the one hand, demands of access and, on the other, the responsibility to protect their sources. In addition, Puls 3 comprises a number of book and CD reviews and conference reports.

Editorial information

For further information, please contact the general editor.

General editor: Dr Ingrid Åkesson, Musikverket/Svenskt visarkiv, ingrid.akesson@musikverket.se

Guest editor, no 3 and 4: Hans-Hinrich Thedens, National Library, Oslo, Norway, Hans-Hinrich.Thedens@nb.no

Editor for book reviews and conference reports: Alf Arvidsson, University of Umeå, alf.arvidsson@kultmed.umu.se

A modern journal for ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology

Puls – journal for ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology is a new online open access journal published by Svenskt visarkiv/Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research, Stockholm, Sweden. The main focus of the journal is ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology, but the journal also embraces adjacent disciplines, such as other aspects of musicology and choreology, folklore, literature, and related studies of traditional and popular culture. The journal focuses on discussion of the expressions, roles and functions of music and dancing in society.

Each issue of Puls presents articles, book reviews and conference reports in the field of music and dance research.

Puls is a modern, scholarly journal aiming to reach scholars and students as well as performers in the fields of music and dancing, and the culturally interested public. The journal could be regarded as an updated sequel – in a communicative as well as scholarly sense – of the former publications from Svenskt visarkiv, the yearbook Sumlen (1976–1999) and the popular journal Noterat (1995–2014). 

In Puls articles are published in the Scandinavian languages or in English. Articles are subject to a peer review process prior to publication.

Puls is an annual, free access online journal published on the website of the Swedish public institution Musikverket/Swedish Performing Arts Agency, where Svenskt visarkiv is one of the units. The editorial work is conducted by a general editor and a co-editor (the latter appointed for a two-year period) in co-operation with the editorial board of Puls. A scholarly and cross-disciplinary Advisory Board is liaised with the journal.