Geography of music in a world heritage city, Cataloguing and mapping the anthropology and history of music

Martín Gómez-Ullate García de León, Ana Mendoza Hurtado, Manuel Rodríguez Palacios, Javier Barra Sanz

Martín Gómez-Ullate García de León, Ph.D. in Sociology (esp. Social Anthropology), researcher at the University of Extremadura, Spain. Member of the research group “Musical Heritage, Culture and Education” funded by the Government of Extremadura. He has coordinated Project Cultour+, an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership researching on cultural pilgrimage and religious routes to enhance and empower entrepreneurs with business projects in cultural tourism. In the framework of Cultour+ project, he has done team ethnographic research on pilgrimage routes to Santiago, the Via de la Plata and the Camino Interior de Santiago. He is coordinating another two Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships (Cultrural+ and Learning Villages) in the field of cultural heritage as a factor for rural development. He is author and co-author of several publications in these fields of knowledge as “Cultural Routes & Heritage Tourism & Rural Development” M Gómez-Ullate, LO Siguencia, J Álvarez-García. Book of Proceedings, INBIE, 2018; “Demographic Challenges in Rural Europe and Cases of Resilience Based on Cultural Heritage Management. A Comparative Analysis in Mediterranean Countries Inner Regions” European Countryside, vol.12, no.3, 2020, pp.408-431, “Pilgrimage Tourism and Cultural Route Team Ethnographies in the Iberian Peninsula: A Collaborative Study” (Routledge, 2018), : Rethinking safety issues within the context of pilgrimage routes (CABI, 2018), “Cultour+: Building Professional Skills on Religious and Thermal Tourism” (Springer, 2017).


Ana Mendoza Hurtado have a Diploma in Music Teaching and the Master: Initiation to Research in Social and Legal Sciences, both of them by the University of Extremadura. At the moment, she is working in music ontology, music life stories and controlled vocabularies.


Manuel Rodríguez Palacios (Cáceres, Spain), graduated in Primary Education specialising in music from the University of Extremadura (UEx) and holds a master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Extremadura (UEx). On the other hand, he has taken training courses in Bilingual Methodology; Physical Activity and healthy habits as educational resources for children and young people; and Monitor of free time for children and young people. Currently enrolled in the Doctorate programme in Heritage (Interuniversity programme of the Universities of Cordoba, Extremadura, Huelva and Jaen focused on the study of Cultural and Natural Heritage), whose thesis focuses on the role of choirs in the didactics of musical expression. Choral groups as non-formal music schools.


Javier Barra Sanz Degree in Primary Education, completed with a special mention in music education. Master in Social Anthropology, specialising in Cultural Heritage. Nowadays, PhD student on the management, cataloguing and conservation of musical heritage. Born in Cáceres (Spain), at the age of 18 he started to work for the Catholic Church as organ player and it was there that I came into contact with the world of art, historical heritage and music.



The main objective of this presentation is to show some results of the research of a project aiming to catalogue, mapping and enhancement of the musical heritage of the city of Cáceres and the fundamental elements of the history and anthropology of the music of this city, a World Heritage Site.

To this end, we are developing integrated research, using international standard semantic ontologies and thesauri (ISBD, RISM, Europeana EDM), different computer tools (databases; geolocation and georeferencing systems; historical cartographic representations), links with documentary and musical archives, in-depth interviews with privileged informants, participatory research, etc. with the aim of situating the city’s musical heritage and history in different cartographic layers.

This research will rescue unpublished passages and elements of the history and anthropology of music in Cáceres, and relevant results on the socio-cultural change of the musical habits of the people of Cáceres.

Through the generation of geo-referenced itineraries based on the preparation of a documentary database, the project has multiple applications in fields such as tourism, teaching, research and heritage management. Through pilot applications, joint didactic and tourist guides in the historical centre, historical recreations, joint applications in and with museums, internships and workshops for different educational levels;…

The project will generate results in different dimensions, that of classifications and semantic ontologies on musical heritage, that of the discovery and enhancement of unpublished heritage elements, that of research into the daily life and musical social practices of a population. It will also have a significant impact on the cultural heritage of the city of Cáceres and its internationalisation via national (HISPANA) and international (Europeana) aggregators, promoting the use and reuse of the data.