The norient academic online journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on the study of popular music from an ethnographic perspective. The journal has one yearly issue which is conceived around a theme. While it is part of the norient network and website the journal works as an independent section with its own editors and (mostly) different authors.
The journal offers cross-cultural (case) studies of the diversity of aesthetical approaches in our increasingly transnational and digitalised world. It analyzes contemporary musical aesthetics and observes how musicians interact and situate themselves musically in local, regional, and transnational contexts. norient works with a broad definition of music that includes phenomena like soundscapes, the sonic, noise, and sound.
The journal also favors cross-cultural approaches and collaborative and transdisciplinary work. In this way, the journal hopes to put forward far-ranging theses without ignoring the complexity, ‘messiness’ (cf. Taruksin) and the process-oriented nature of human (and artists’) behaviour and strategies. Its aim is to put forward a detailed analysis of music, musicians and musical communities and to reflect on the ruptures and flows of the 21st Century on various levels.
The name norient implies that this network (and the journal) reaches beyond orientalist ideas and essentialist views of the world and the world of music. norient looks at musicians as individual human beings first. They interact with local and global social and political realities, but are not “determined” by their culture of origin, if at all one such culture of origin can be determined.
The journal’s editorial board consist of David-Emil Wickström, Birgit Abels, Julio Mendívil, Oliver Seibt, Thomas Burkhalter, Violeta Mayer Lux, Jesse Wheeler, Shin Hyunjoon, Kristine Ringsager and Jeroen de Kloet.
The Future(s) of Music? – Notions of Prospective Musics in Utopian Movies and Literature. – Call for Articles for norient academic journal Vol. II.
Parallel to the thematic call that will result in the second issue of the NAOJ (Norient Academic Online Journal) we also welcome ethnographic articles on popular musics from around the world.
Articles can be submitted in any language the editors can read (currently English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Scandinavian, Russian, Dutch, Esperanto) but must include an abstract in either English or German.
Deadline for abstracts (maximum 200 words) is May 31st, 2012.
Please submit your abstracts to
journal_submission at norient.com
For inquiries regarding the journal you can contact the editor-in-chief David-Emil Wickström (dew at norient.com).