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Stephen Wilford

PhD student

Department of Music

E: stephen.wilford.1@city.ac.uk

Thesis title: Bledi Cockneys: Music, Identity and Mediation in Algerian London

Supervisor: Professor Stephen Cottrell

Higher educational background

  • MA Ethnomusicology (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • History/Philosophy (University of Aberdeen)
  • BA Music Production (Leeds College of Music)

Overview and research interests

Stephen's work investigates the role of music within the construction and negotiation of identities amongst the Algerian diasporic population of London. His works moves beyond reductive, homogenising notions of national identity, and considers the ways in which music enables a performative negotiation of contemporary Algerianness. He is also concerned with issues of musical mediation, and in particular the role of social media is facilitating music-making practices amongst Algerians in London, and in establishing transnational musical networks.

Research interests

  • Algerian music and culture
  • Music and diaspora
  • Music and technologies (particularly recording technologies and social media)
  • Ethnographic film
  • Urban ethnomusicology.


Journal articles:

  • Forthcoming: (2014). '"In our culture poets have more power than politicians": The lives, deaths and legacies of Lounès Matoub and Cheb Hasni' (working title). In: IASPM@Journal, International Association for the Study of Popular Music.

Conference papers:

  • 2014. 'Two Tales of a City: Music and Diaspora in Contemporary London'. British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual One-Day Conference 2014, City University London.
  • 2013. 'Social Media Technologies and Algerian Andalus Music in London'. British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference 2013, Queen's University Belfast.
  • 2012. '"In our culture poets have more power than politicians": The lives, deaths and legacies of Lounès Matoub and Cheb Hasni': Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum, Institute of Musical Research.


Urban Ethnomusicology (postgraduate, 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13), Music Traditions of the Middle East (undergraduate 2013-14), Studies in Ethnomusicology (undergraduate, 2012-13), Investigating Western Music 1 - Reading Groups (undergraduate, 2014-15)


Twitter: @Steve_Wilford