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PhD projects

Fiona Magowan is open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Music and storytelling in conflict transformation/peacebuilding - Arts and reconciliation - Sense and emotion - Dance, movement and empathy - Indigenous ritual, religion and performance - Christianity and missions - Gender and performance

19942019

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Personal profile

Particulars

Fiona Magowan was educated at the universities of Nottingham and Oxford in Music and Social Anthropology and awarded a D.Phil at Oxford. 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.

 

Research Statement

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 recently with Australian musicians working with 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). In 2017 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and began research as PI of the four year PaCCS funded project 'Sounding Conflict: From Resistance to Reconciliation' (2017-2021) leading a team of 6 Queen's staff working across three continents on the impacts of sound and its transformations. She is CI on the GCRF funded project 'The Role of Music in Conflict Transformation' (2017) with Prof. Rebelo (PI) and she is PI on the GCRF workshop, 'Dance, Art and Drama in Conflict Transformation' (2017-2018).

 

Achievements

Queen's Postgraduate Supervisory Excellence Awards

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

Queen's Teaching Award 

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

http://www.mediator.qub.ac.uk/ms/streams/awards2007/Fiona_MBR_Broadband_Stream_16_9.wmv

http://www.mediator.qub.ac.uk/ms/streams/awards2007/Fiona_384K_Stream.mov

Relevant Websites

Royal Irish Academy Committee for Social Sciences http://www.ria.ie/committees/socialscience/new.html

Anthropological Association of Ireland: http://www.anthropologyireland.org/index.htm

International Council of Traditional Music:

http://www.ictmusic.org/ICTM/

 

Teaching

Undergraduate:

Expressive Cultures: Sound, Text and Image (ESA1001 to 2018)

Being Creative: Music, Media and the Arts (ESA1001 from 2019) 

Performance, Power and Passion (ESA2002 and ESA3002)

Anthropology of Sex and Gender (ANT2020, ANT3003)

Dissertation Writing (ANT3030)

 

Postgraduate:

Advanced Anthropological Methods (MA Level, ANT 7009) 

 

Internationalisation:

Coordinator of the International Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Summer School in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

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Projects

Research Output

Introduction: Sounding and Performing Resistance and Resilience

Magowan, F. & Donnan, H., 23 Dec 2019, In : Music and Arts in Action. 7, 1, p. 1-10 10 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Resonance, Resilience and Empathy in Music Production with Asylum Seekers in Australia

    Magowan, F., 23 Dec 2019, In : Music and Arts in Action. 7, 1, p. 98-112 15 p., 7.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • Cycles of Integration and Fragmentation: Changing Yolngu-Balanda Sentiments of the 'Good Life' in Northern Australia

    Magowan, F., 2018, The Quest for the Good Life in Precarious Times: Ethnographic Perspectives on the Domestic Moral Economy. Gregory, C. & Altman, J. (eds.). Canberra: ANU Press, p. 139-62 24 p. (Monographs in Anthropology Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Sensing the Street: The Power and Politics of Sound and Aurality in a Northern Australian Rhythmscape

    Magowan, F., 2018, The Routledge Companion to the Study of Local Musicking. Reily, S. & Brucher, K. (eds.). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Song as Gift and Capital: Intercultural processes of indigenization and spiritual transvaluation in Yolngu Christian music

    Magowan, F., 2018, Making Congregational Music Local in Christian Communities Worldwide. Ingalls, M., Swijghuisen Reigersberg, M. & Sherinian, Z. (eds.). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, (Congregational Music Studies Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Prizes

    Elected Secretary of the Australian Anthropological Society

    Fiona Magowan (Recipient), 1999

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Elected Vice-President of the Australian Anthropological Society

    Fiona Magowan (Recipient), 2001

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

    Fiona Magowan (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Frederick Watson Fellowship support

    Fiona Magowan (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Activities

    PaCCS ‘SOUNDING CONFLICT’ SYMPOSIUM

    Stefanie Lehner (Member of the organising committee), Fiona Magowan (Member of the organising committee), Pedro Rebelo (Member of the organising committee), Christina Captieux (Organiser)
    28 Nov 201929 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Association of Social Anthropologists conference 'Sociality, matter and the imagination: re-creating Anthropology': Sounding and performing resistance and resilience

    Fiona Magowan (Chair), Hastings Donnan (Chair)
    18 Sep 201821 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    GCRF workshop on Empathy in Dance and Art in a Multilingual Context, Mozambique

    Fiona Magowan (Participant)
    06 Feb 201814 Feb 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    The Ethics and Aesthetics of Studying Music in Situations of Violence and Conflict

    Fiona Magowan (Participant)
    20 Feb 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION IN THE ARTS

    Stefanie Lehner (Participant), Fiona Magowan (Participant), Pedro Rebelo (Participant), Christina Captieux (Organiser)
    07 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Thesis

    A musical ethnography of the Kaapse Klopse carnival in Cape Town, South Africa

    Author: Gregory, J., Mar 2018

    Supervisor: Magowan, F. (Supervisor) & Tsioulakis, I. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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