Date of Award

5-2-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Steven Patrick Black

Second Advisor

Dr. Kathryn A. Kozaitis

Third Advisor

Dr. Emanuela Guano

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Louis A. Ruprecht

Abstract

This ethnography examines Orfean Harmony, a non-profit and voluntary Greek musical ensemble located in Thessaloniki, Greece, to illustrate how the production of sound and musical aesthetics contributes to the sustainability of this ensemble in the context of Greece’s crisis. Drawing on Actor-network theory, Orfean Harmony is analyzed as a network of performing artists who study and re-imagine parts of ancient Greek heritage and culture producing particular sound-time-space frameworks through the recreation of ancient Greek musical aesthetics. This research argues that ‘sound,’ ‘time,’ and ‘space’ form altogether a single entity, the sonic-chronotope, which acts as a dynamic force on the subject’s feelings and experiences in ways that contribute to the re-formation of musical ensembles in times of crisis.

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