Emily Baker: My academic work originates from my experience of performing and writing songs. It was between writing, releasing and promoting two albums that I became aware of a burning desire to examine the pressures in process I was encountering from a cultural and critical theories perspective, interrogating that which might at first appear a 'natural' way of doing things. My PhD is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and supervised by Freya Jarman and Sara Cohen. My thesis examines the function, properties and impact of the aesthetic of Age in the voice. I am particularly interested in age as a site of resistance to normative assumptions of sex, gender and sexuality and how this is expressed in singing voices. The thesis is underpinned by phenomenological, feminist and queer perspectives on identity and the body; discourse on Age/ ageing processes and studies on the voice and production practices in popular music. In other words, I spend a lot of my time listening to, and watching the performances of, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith and Grace Jones.
Leonieke Bolderman: I am a PhD candidate and lecturer at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and currently I am visiting the IPM to work on my research into music tourism. This research is part of the project ‘Locating Imagination: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Literary, Film and Music Tourism’, which is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and supervised by Prof. Stijn Reijnders (www.locatingimagination.com). The aim of this project is to explore why and under what circumstances popular media products give rise to new tourism flows, and which variations can be found based on the specific characteristics of the medium involved. I focus on the role and meaning of music tourism in contemporary culture, with a special interest in the shifting relations between music, place and identity in a globalizing and digitalizing world.
Jemima Cloud: My research project explores zombies, sound, and audiovisual media. It acknowledges the enthusiasm for grotesque zombies in popular culture, overtaking the beautiful vampires that preceded them, and aims to understand their function in our lives. I use cultural theory and psychoanalysis to consider fears and anxieties manifest in the form of the zombie, and how zombies have been used as a metaphor for race, sexuality and class. I also explore the physiological, psychological and psychoanalytical effects of the zombie.
Jez Collins: I am a Research Fellow in the Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University, where I teach and study Popular Music Industries. My PhD research builds on my practice-based work as the founder of the Birmingham Music Archive. It focuses on the role of citizen archivists who participate in the activist archiving of popular music histories and heritage in the online environment. These Doing-It-Together communities, I suggest, are creating alternate histories of popular music that highlight the role music plays in social, cultural and political life. I am a Trustee of the National Jazz Archive (UK), advisory board member of the Community Archives and Heritage Group, and Co-Director of Un-Convention, a global grassroots music network.
Monica Esslin-Peard: My PhD focuses on how undergraduate popular and classical musicians mature during their three years of study. It draws on data from the annual assessed reflective essay which students write in combination with their end of year gig or recital. Findings so far indicate that students are encouraged to ask questions about how they are practising, either as individuals, or in groups, and this reflection may accelerate their learning. I have an BA and MA from the University of Oxford, an MA in Music Education from the UCL Institute of Education in London and a mPGCE in Secondary Music. I combine my full time job as a Head of Music in London with PhD research and regular presentations at Music Education conferences in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Norway. I have been published in the UK and Germany and act as a a peer reviewer for Sage Publications. I am an active musician, playing the cello with orchestras and opera companies, and conduct youth choirs.
Matt Flynn: I have an MA in Music Industries studies from the University of Liverpool. Since 2004 I have been a Lecturer in professional development at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Between 1996 and 2009 I worked in the UK as a self-employed independent music practitioner, setting up and running rehearsal studios and an independent record label. My doctoral research explores recorded music as an economy of attention, and I have presented conference papers on topics related to music reception, fandom and listening, music streaming, artists as entrepreneurs and copyright.
Þorbjörg Daphne Hall: I am programme director and lecturer of musicology in the Department of Music at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík. I study under the supervision of Sara Cohen and my doctoral research focuses on the idea of the Icelandic sound in contemporary Icelandic music where national identity, images, landscape and nature play a large role. I have published and presented internationally on Icelandic music and music in Christiania, Copenhagen.
Chen-Yu Lin: My research explores Chineseness in Mandarin popular music, music censorship in the People’s Republic of China and China Wind (Zhenguofeng) Pop Music. I have a BA in Communication Studies from National Chengchi University (Taiwan), attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison international academic programme in my final year. I received an MA in Popular Music Studies with first class honours from University of Liverpool, and my PhD is supervised by Haekyung Um and Sara Cohen. I have worked for the Public Television Service (Taiwan) as a production assistant and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as research assistant. I also worked for Insight-Post, Pop Culture Academy, and World Island Magazine.
Quan Liu: I am a first year PhD candidate undertaking research on Chinese Large-scale Landscape Musical Performing Arts, focusing on their creative processes, tourist impact, commercial development and marketing strategy. I will consider their geographical settings and territorial/cultural boundaries, and the cultural identity of the performers and audience.
Laim Maloy: My PhD focuses on children’s music, specifically records made for children. I’m interested in the cultural construction of childhood through music - what those records say about children, but more importantly, what the adults who made those records are communicating to children about how they view children and childhood. Through a number of case studies I explore issues such as views of childhood innocence and its protection, adult nostalgia, and fears about the ‘up-aging’ or even disappearance of childhood. They include studies on the folk music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger; Music Hall; the music of The Muppet Show and Bagpuss, and BBC radio’s Children’s Choice; and tween music, specifically Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus.
James Millea: I hold a first class honours BA in history and music, and an MA in music and cultural history from University College Cork. My doctoral research is part-funded by the School of the Arts and explores the role of hip-hop in the evolution of the contemporary African-American film soundtrack. It argues for understanding hip-hop as creative ‘process’, and ‘sampling’, as both compositional apparatus and aesthetic ideology. Through a focus on the New Black Realism of the 1990s and an interdisciplinary framework, it considers how the aesthetics of hip-hop inform the (re)structuring and (re)organisation of sonic material in three elements of the film soundtrack: music, sound effects and the spoken word. I have presented papers on my research at numerous specialist and non-specialist conferences across Ireland and the UK. Within the Department of Music I am a teaching assistant and lecturer and coordinator for a module on audio-visual media.
Nurulhamimi Abdul Rahman: I am a first year PhD student under the supervision of Mike Jones and Marion Leonard. I am a graduate of the University's MA in Music Industry Studies (2005) and my principal research interests lie in the field of music industry and music business. My PhD project is concerned with digitization and the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on the Malaysian music industry.
Emma-Jayne Reekie: I am a first year Music PhD student researching prizes and awards given to popular music and musicians, their links to institutions and canons, and what this reveals about issues surrounding value, gender, race and historicisation in modern society. I am a recipient of the Sir Joseph Rotblat Alumni Scholarship, and I also work for the University of Liverpool Widening Participation and Outreach department.
Richard Talbot: Having worked as a musician for many years I came to academic study later in life. In 2012 I undertook an MA in Popular Music Studies at the University of Liverpool. I really enjoyed this experience and was keen to continue studying. For my PhD, I am researching Ambient music, an area that overlaps with my own musical activities. I am specifically interested in understanding how this music has evolved both conceptually and creatively, with a particular focus on hyperrealism, sound design and the creation of sonic spaces.
Lydia Triner: My research explores the representation of gender in children’s music (in TV, film and advertising) through semiotic codes. I’m interested in how stereotypes are used to teach children how females and males should behave, and how this can impact on gender identity. As part of my PhD, I will produce an empirical study with pre-school children in order to find out the extent to which gender stereotypes are heard, internalised and, therefore, perpetuated. My research will draw upon theories from Psychology, Sociology, Semiology, Anthropology, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, and, of course, Musicology. So, when I’m not analysing music and excessively reading around various ologies, I’m watching kids’ TV and films… for research purposes.
Cibrán: I am a visiting IPM scholar and a PhD student at the University of Santiago de Compostela, where I am part of the Grupo de Estudos Audiovisuais research group and an assistant teacher. I studied Audiovisual Communication at the same university and a masters on Cinema and Contemporary Audiovisual at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), where I wrote a dissertation on the Rolling Stones films and the relationship between youth, popular music and subversion. Discourse around music and image, art and social changes have occupied me and inspired much of my work, including my current project, which explores audience-generated concert videos.