Orchestrating French Music Conservatories: European Political Interventions and Local Governances


This research aims to understand the processes of institutional recombination of French higher music education system in the context of European integration. How do the current constitutive elements of French multi-level governance (municipal, departamental, regional, national and European), both informal and formal, operate on music conservatories ? How do these institutions, related by national and international scales of artistic networks actively involved in their governance, react to top-down political innovations induced by the Bologna process? While the european and national policies seek to institutionalize the transmission of musical knowledge towards formal and homogenized musical practices, why the institutional dynamics of conservatories remain strongly heterogeneous? The multi-disciplinary analysis of this research combines sociological, historical and political science perspectives. The epistemological approach is based on the assumption of indeterminacy and heterogeneous diversity of (1) socio-historical processes that shape institutional dynamics of conservatories, (2) artistical and political networks of interdependence that pass through conservatories, (3) their institutional environements. The survey is centred on a comparative and differentialist approach. Following the comprehensive sociology developed by Max Weber, the analysis starts from institutions recognized by regional gouvernement entities, and describes afterwards the institutions governed by contrasting national and European socio-political mechanisms.

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Elena Raevskikh, Centre Norbert Elias - Marseille, CNRS, France

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Conference: GLOBAL2016
Stream: Sociology

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