BFE one-day conference – ‘Listening to Difference’: Music and Multiculturalism

“Who’s a Jew? Who’s a Scot?”: Music and immigrant identity amongst Glasgow Jews

I will be presenting some of my Jewish Lives/Scottish Spaces project research on Saturday October 21st at the British Forum for Ethnomusicology one-day conference, held at Cambridge University. My paper discusses the role of music in the integration of late 19th and early 20th century Jewish immigration to Glasgow, focusing on issues of acculturation, narratives of ‘home’, and perceived differences between the longer-established Garnethill community and that of the more recently-arrived Gorbals Jews. This will be the first chance to put this research to a musicological audience, marking an opportunity to bring the material to a wider academic circle, and also to set it within more recent narratives of multiculturalism and the place of music in the city.

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