PhD title: Music, modernity and urban change in contemporary Marseille
Supervisor: Professor Stephen Cottrell
Higher educational background - summary
MA Ethnomusicology, City University London
BMus Music, University of Edinburgh
Overview and research interests
My research critically examines the interfaces between musical culture and post-industrial urban practice in the framework of culture-led ‘regeneration’. I am interested in the ways in which music both enacts and contests new city identities, particularly those that situate themselves in relation to notions of cosmopolitanism, postcoloniality and neoliberal capitalism.
- Urban Ethnomusicology
- North African popular musics
- Urban Geography
- Avant Garde & Experimental musics
- 2016. “Where’s the graffiti: Music and the Symbolic Economy in Contemporary Marseille." British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, Chatham.
- 2015. "Freedom and exile: North African musical migration in Marseille." British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference. London.
- 2015. "A shared history? North African musical heritage and the public sphere in contemporary Marseille". Institute of Musical Research. London.
- 2014. "La Culture est à nous: music and the politics of place in a European Capital of Culture". ICTM Ireland Annual Conference. Galway.
“Classical Music & The Interrupted City”. Noise & Silence, 2016.
- 2015-2016: Researching Music in Contemporary Cultures (PG), Musical Traditions of the Middle East (UG), Global Popular Musics (UG).
- 2014-2015: Urban Ethnomusicology (PG), Global Perspectives (UG), Investigating Western Music (UG).
Sam Mackay is Co-Director of London Contemporary Music Festival
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