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      Research Statement

      Fiona Magowan was educated at the universities of Nottingham and Oxford in Music and Social Anthropology and awarded a D.Phil at Oxford in 1994. She held lectureships in Anthropology at Manchester University (1993-96) and Adelaide University, South Australia (1996-2003) before coming to Queen's University in 2003. She has been Vice-President of the Australian Anthropological Society 2000-2002, Chair of the Anthropological Association of Ireland (2006-08), a member of the Royal Irish Academy's National Committee for Social Sciences (2009-2011) and Chair of the Music and Gender Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (2005-2013).



      Her research has addressed three interconnected areas: music, sound and movement; art, emotion and the senses; and religion, identity and transformation. She has conducted fieldwork among Yolngu of the Northern Territory of Aboriginal Australia since 1990, with Stolen Generation artists in South Australia and with Australian musicians and refugees. As a Fellow of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, she is examining comparative aspects of arts and conflict transformation, specifically through music, identity and peacebuilding in Northern Ireland and around the globe. She has published seven books including, Christianity, Conflict, and Renewal in Australia and the Pacific (Brill 2016, co-edited with Carolyn Schwarz); Performing Gender, Place, and Emotion (Rochester 2013, co-edited with L. Wrazen), The Anthropology of Sex (Berg co-authored with H. Donnan); Transgressive Sex: Control and Subversion in Erotic Encounters (Berghahn co-edited with H. Donnan) and Melodies of Mourning: Music and Emotion in Northern Australia (Oxford, James Currey 2007). She has been PI or CI on several RCUK grants including, 'Sensing Risk: Walker-driver and Walker-Driver Interactions in the City' (PI, ESRC 2006-2008); 'Creativity in a World of Movement' (CI, HERA 2010-2012) and 'The Domestic Moral Economy in the Asia Pacific' (CI, ESRC 2011-2015). She is currently CI on the GCRF funded project 'The role of Music in Conflict Transformation' (2017-2018) and PI of the PaCCS funded project 'Sounding Conflict: From Resistance to Reconciliation' (2017-2021).



      Queen's Postgraduate Supervisory Excellence Awards

      Professor Magowan has received Queen's Postgraduate Supervisory Excellence Awards in 2015 and 2017 and she was the first recipient of an award in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

      Queen's Teaching Award 

      In 2007, Prof. Magowan was the first recipient of a Queen's University Teaching Award in the School of History and Anthropology. For further information on the award see links below.

      Relevant Websites

      Royal Irish Academy Committee for Social Sciences

      Anthropological Association of Ireland:

      International Council for Traditional Music:




      Expressive Cultures: Sound, Text and Image (Level 1, Sem 2 - ESA1001)

      Performance, Power and Passion (Level 2&3, Sem 1 - ESA2002/ESA3002)

      Anthropology of Sex and Gender (Level 2&3, Sem 1 - ANT2020, ANT3030)

      Dissertation Writing (Level 3 Sem 1 - ANT3003)



      Advanced Anthropological Methods (MA Level, Sem 2 - ANT 7009)


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      Frequent Journals

      • The Australian Journal of Anthropology

        ISSNs: 1035-8811

        Australian Anthropological Society

        Scopus rating (2016): SJR 0.375 SNIP 0.782


      • Anthropological Forum

        ISSNs: 0066-4677

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-2902


        Scopus rating (2016): SJR 0.312 SNIP 0.596


      • Oceania

        ISSNs: 0029-8077

        Oceania Publications

        Scopus rating (2016): SJR 0.698 SNIP 0.705


      • Journal of Religious History

        ISSNs: 0022-4227

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1467-9809


        Scopus rating (2016): SJR 0.167 SNIP 0.472


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