Networks of Musicology

Musicology, as with most other humanities disciplines, is largely published on the web

today. This provides a new opportunity for studying the transmission of ideas, both

within and among communities of musicologists. The ideas that are formed and

transmitted within and between musicological research communities, leaving their

digital trace in online publications such as Music Theory Online, Empirical Musicology

Review, and others, may be studied as a contribution to the historiography of

scholarship. The ways in which disputes arise and are resolved or reinforced, and how

the values and interests of a research community develop and change, can be analysed

using methods from social network analytics. We have built network models based on

common institutions and co-editorship using both statistical methods and network

analytics which enable us to see the community structure within scholarly musicology.

We have also looked at where these communities do and do not follow physical and

geographic boundaries, as well as how such networks affect the spread of ideas. Using

the abstracts and keywords provided (usually by the authors themselves) to a large-
scale bibliographical resource, the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

(RILM) we present first work in a study which relates the social networks to those

which can be derived from common or related concepts explicitly expressed within this

textual material. This empirical approach goes towards a better understanding of the

ecology of scholarly musicology, across cultures, sub-disciplines, and institutions.