The Centre has undertaken seven research projects, co-ordinated or led at SOAS by Howard Director, convenor of Project 1, 2, 6, and parts of Project 3 , Widdess convenor of Project 3 , Wright and Hughes convenors of sub-projects within Project 3 , Harris convenor of sub-project within Project 2. The annual reports to the AHRC and newsletters available at www. Corriente and E. Proceedings of the International Conference RN Publications, Centre research focuses on collaborations between academics and performers.
Hence SOAS has employed more than 50 musicians and dancers, from Asia and Africa as well as British residents, to develop collaborative research on performance. The outputs of the Centre are extensive.
They include, as completed projects , the following publications — already issued, in press, or under review with publishers — partly or fully resulting from Centre research:. The Centre has produced a series of research-driven audio and audio-visual outputs, some issued as stand alone outputs and some packaged with books and journals including some of the publications listed above.
For other grants the outputs include:. Magriel and du Perron conducted full-time research in the Department —6 but are not included in the submission because their status was that of research assistant. As far as people are concerned, SOAS has a policy for full-time staff of one term of research leave after every four years. Staff have access to central School and University funds to supplement a modest personal research allowance, and are actively encouraged to develop research projects for which they can apply to appropriate external bodies, being supported in this by a Research Office.
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Early-career staff are helped by more generous research time, support for fieldwork, reduced administrative and teaching loads, the advice of an academic mentor, and centrally organized induction programmes providing, inter alia , training in supervision. Of the seven full-time staff three hold senior appointments; they are reinforced by two part-time research professors, and by Dr Stephen Jones on a short-term teaching replacement contract.
It should be added that the appointment of Wood to succeed Knapp has strengthened research capacity in urban popular music with reference not only to Israeli society but also to diasporic Jewish communities.
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Two members of staff have been recruited since October One, part-time, is Professor Janet Lansdale, an established authority in dance studies. Her emphasis will be on new dance-theatre-music forms involving UK communities of African and South Asian origin, and more generically on dance and the body, an area significant for intercultural communication and for appreciating histories, symbolic systems and beliefs.
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A successful bid was made by Lansdale and Howard for a project titled Real, metaphoric and virtual bodies: crossing cultures and disciplines , intended to lead to a major research bid to the AHRC Beyond Text scheme for Spring While at the University of KwaZulu Natal School of Music , her interest in Applied Ethnomusicology led her increasingly to locate her research within Development, and in order both to familiarize herself with its methodologies and implementation strategies and to gain practical experience she took two years out of academia to work as a social development consultant in eastern Africa.
Numerous substantial reports were published, but not ones relevant to the RAE music panel. The papers that have been submitted need to be viewed against this background. This required collaborative research, investigating old archival recordings, documentation, interviewing and working with musicians, and contributing to the selection of repertoire, instrumentation, tuning, and arrangements.
Kassi Kasse draws upon and should stimulate research on the ways in which the specialised music of the griots interacts with other local musics in western Mali; it received nominations for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Music Album category and a BBC Radio 3 World Music Award.
A significant enrichment to the research environment has been provided by externally-funded research fellows and associates. All research fellows of the Department have offices in the School and enjoy full access to its research facilities, including funding for fieldwork and attendance at conferences.
There have been concurrently four research fellows during three of the last four years. All have produced significant research findings, either published already or under consideration. In addition to those by du Perron and Magriel, mentioned above, a monograph has been produced by Sultanova Woman, Islam and music in Central Asia , under consideration who has in addition been active in performance and in fieldwork-based research on gender.
In addition, they have contributed to the teaching programme and to the Departmental postgraduate research seminar. This is the main public forum for the scrutiny of research in progress, and in any given year it will contain presentations by distinguished scholars from other universities as well as by staff and research students of the Department. For staff it provides an opportunity for the results of their research to be honed, and disseminated, through pre-publication presentation, thereby encouraging mutual awareness within a collective research culture.
At the same it provides an important mechanism for the integration of research students, associates and fellows into the Department , a process furthered by occasional opportunities to teach and by more frequent contact through participation in performance. Each research student in Music is assigned a Supervisory Committee of three persons: a supervisor, a second advisor who may also function as a co-supervisor if appropriate, and the Research Tutor.
In their first year, research students follow a course of training organized in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, to which staff of the Music Department contribute, followed by a training programme in the Department dealing, inter alia, with technologies relevant to fieldwork. They are also expected to participate in the Departmental research seminar programme, and are often expected to attend a relevant MMus course and, where appropriate, a language course.
The individual programmes and progress of research students are monitored by the Postgraduate Research Tutor, and in order to be upgraded from MPhil to PhD registration they must satisfy their supervisory committee by both presentation and written submission. At any given time there are normally some 20 FTE research students active in the Department.
Each member of staff supervises four research students on average and, as a member of supervisory committees, will have occasional contact with several others. These and several others have presented papers at symposia and conferences both in the United Kingdom and abroad, and the Department regards it as important that all research students use the departmental research seminar during the writing up stage as a forum to present aspects of their own research. The School assists research students on a competitive basis, and students of the department have held Research Scholarships and Additional Fieldwork Awards.
With regard to Structure , the Department is not so constrained by lack of human resources that it has to concentrate narrowly on selected segments constituting distinctive research fields within ethnomusicology. Specialist staff cover the music of all the major regions within the remit of SOAS, and research students pursue topics beyond as well as within these regions. One might, nevertheless, note the presence, with three members of staff Harris, Howard, Hughes and two research fellows Jones, Swangviboonpong , of a unique concentration of expertise in East and South East Asia.
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