Music is profound, and poignant. It resonates within us and reverberates across all areas of our living, our thinking and our feeling. It inspires and uplifts, it comforts and consoles, it provokes and challenges, it fills us with joy and it brings us to tears. Music is a defining feature of what it is to be human. It changes lives. It is part of worship, part of reflection, part of everyday life. It is condemned, controlled and consumed in equal measure.
Music And…. is of an exciting new series of inclusive interdisciplinary projects focusing on the many and various roles of music within human life and mapping the unique and on-going relationship between creativity, inspiration and all areas of human activity.
The project will include conferences, events, symposia, workshops, performances covering areas as diverse as Music And….death, politics, the sciences, mental health, horticulture etc. It will enable global collaborations and ventures between people originating from academia, the music industry, composers, bands. And it will provide opportunities to network, cooperate and build partnerships on new projects and enterprises.
Marie Josephine Bennett (M.Mus) is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester, UK. Her research focuses on critical readings of queer performance in a number of mainstream post-Production Code Hollywood film musicals released between 1970 and 1980. Her major areas of interest and research are Hollywood film musicals, music in films, queer studies, celebrity studies, popular music of the 1960s-1980s, and the Eurovision Song Contest. Marie teaches recorder, piano and clarinet both in schools and privately.
David Gracon is an assistant professor of Integrated Media at Gonzaga University located in Spokane, Washington. His creative/research and teaching interests include critical media studies, alternative media, media subcultures, documentary film and experimental media. David was a US Fulbright Scholar in 2017/2018 where he specialized in teaching media literacy to university students in Ukraine. He received his PhD in Communication and Society from the University of Oregon.
Kristina Jacobsen is a cultural anthropologist, ethnographer and associate professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, USA, in the departments of Music and Anthropology (Ethnology).
A touring singer-songwriter, she is the author of the award-winning book, The Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language and Diné Belonging (UNC Press 2017). Her research interests include music and language, the politics of Indigeneity, Indigenous language revitalization and arts-based research methodologies, and her current ethnographic project focuses on songwriting and language reclamation on the Italian island of Sardinia."
Jasmine Hazel Shadrack
Jasmine Hazel Shadrack is a composer, musician, and scholar who gained her PhD in 2017 whilst lecturing full time in Popular Music studies at the University of Northampton, UK. She has been an extreme metal guitarist for the last twenty years and a black metal vocalist for the last five. Her research areas include trauma studies, disability studies, feminism, performance, extreme metal, autoethnography and psychoanalysis. She has been publishing since 2014 and has her first monograph, entitled Black Metal, Trauma, Subjectivity and Sound: Screaming the Abyss coming out in January 2021 through Emerald Publishing. She sits on the editorial board for the Metal Music Studies journal and is currently working on two co-edited collections, Music and Death vol. 2 (through Progressive Connexions and Emerald) and Metal and Dis/Ability with Professor Amber Clifford of the University of Missouri, USA, also through Emerald. She is currently composing a Requiem Mass and working on a dark folk collaboration with Francesca Stevens, entitled Dōlǒur.
Karl Spracklen has held senior officer positions within the Leisure Studies Association, and was its Chair until 2013. He is closely involved in the International Sociological Associations’s Research Committee 13 (Leisure). He has been the Secretary of the International Society for Metal Music Studies, is currently the Editor of Metal Music Studies and was a key organiser of the British Sociological Association’s Alcohol Study Group for a number of years. His research interests include leisure theory, communicative leisure, privatization of leisure spaces, tourist spaces and tourist performativity, whiteness and masculinity, class, northernness and national identity, rugby league, whisky and real-ale tourism and various music genres (metal, folk, neo-folk and goth). He researches and writes by himself and in collaboration with a range of other people.
Oxford, United Kingdom
Dr Rob Fisher
Director, Progressive Connexions
Series Editor, Brill, The Netherlands, Reviewer (The Progressive Aspect and Progradar), Progressive Discoveries (Prog-Watch) collaborator
Dr Magnus Moar
Philosophy, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Oxford, United Kingdom
Dr Niall Scott
Chair of the International Society for Metal Music Studies, Reader in Philosophy and Popular Culture
University of Central Lancashire, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
As the project begins to evolve and in light of the events and activities we run, further members will be added to the development team. If you would like to join the team and help develop the future of the project, please drop us a line.