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PhD projects

- Popular/folk music and politics - Creative industries, production and labour - Performance and identity - Globalisation, cosmopolitanism and social/political movements - Aesthetics, genre and improvisation

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Personal profile

Research Statement

Ioannis Tsioulakis joined the School as a Lecturer in Anthropology in September 2013. He has previously lectured in ethnomusicology at University College Cork and University College Dublin. Ioannis completed his undergraduate studies in the Department of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Following this, he specialised in ethnomusicology and social anthropology, completing his MA (2006) and PhD (2011) at Queen’s University Belfast. Ioannis’s doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Working or Playing? Power, Aesthetics and Cosmopolitanism among Professional Musicians in Athens’, concentrated on the diverse socio-cultural worlds of music-making in the Greek capital. His particular focus was on cosmopolitan aspirations among local music practitioners and the way that they affect social relations, markets of musical labour, and discourses of value and aesthetics in popular music. More specifically, Ioannis’s doctoral dissertation elaborated on the dichotomy between ‘work’ and ‘play’ and its role as a conceptual framework for the experience of professional musicking in Athens.

 

Ioannis has also worked extensively as a professional musician (pianist, arranger and composer) and a music teacher (piano and music theory). He is a founding member of the Greek band Checkmate in Two Flats with whom he often records and performs in Greece and abroad. Ioannis is currently Webmaster of the Anthropological Association of Ireland, and Associate Editor of the Irish Journal of Anthropology

 

Research Interests

Ioannis’s main research has focused on the impact of globalisation and the world music market upon Greek subcultures and their conceptions of musical creativity. His current research is concentrating on the cross-cultural examination of the phenomenon of music professionalism and the way that it shapes understandings of musical competence, aesthetics, and the social dynamics of local ‘scenes’.

 

Further research interests include:

  • The concept of the ‘social imaginary’ and its relevance to processes of music eclecticism
  • The ethnographic study of modalities of discursive resistance among music practitioners
  • The impact of the current economic/political crisis on ideas of transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, and eclecticism within popular music-making in Greece and the wider Mediterranean

 

Teaching

Undergraduate

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

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

Music and Identity in the Mediterranean (Level 2&3, Sem 2 – ESA2005/ESA3012)

Popular Music Cultures: From Billie Holiday to the Eurovision (Level 2&3, Sem 1 – ETH 2009/3009)

 

Postgraduate

Anthropology of Music (MA Level, Sem 2 - ANT 7013)

Ethnographic Writing in Ethnomusicology (MA Level, Sem 2 - ANT 7050)

Advanced Anthropological Perspectives (MA Level, Sem 1 - ANT 7008)

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

 

Ensembles

Experimental World-Fusion Ensemble

Greek Music Ensemble

 

Topics of MA/PhD Supervision

  • Popular/folk music and politics
  • Creative industries, production and labour
  • Performance and identity
  • Globalisation, cosmopolitanism and social/political movements
  • Aesthetics, genre and improvisation

 

Particulars

Examinations Officer - Anthropology

Elected Staff Representative, School of History and Anthropology Management Board

Joint pathway co-ordinator, History and Social Anthropology

 

 

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Research Output

Rehearsing the Éthnik-Jazz Aesthetic: Insights from Practices with Athenian Musicians

Tsioulakis, I., 18 Jun 2019, In : Journal of World Popular Music. 6, 1, p. 85-102 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Negotiating Local Tastes: Urban Professional Musicians in Athens

    Tsioulakis, I., 14 Mar 2018, The Routledge Companion to the Study of Local Musicking. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 405-416 12 p.

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

    No more babes on the stage: The changing modes of spectatorship in Athenian live-music nightclubs

    Tsioulakis, I., 18 Jul 2018, Made in Greece: Studies in Popular Music. Tragaki, D. (ed.). London; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, (Routledge Studies in Popular Music).

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

    Open Access
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  • Teaching Anthropology in the Anthropocene: Revising the curriculum as a response to Global Challenges

    Chatzipanagiotidou, E. & Tsioulakis, I., Dec 2018, Queens University Belfast Reflections , 2018, 27, p. 26-27 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Open Access
  • Italian Canzone d'autore and Greek Entechno tragoudi: a comparative overview

    Tsioulakis, I. & Fabbri, F., Apr 2016, The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter. Williams, K. & Williams, J. (eds.). Cambridge: University of Cambridge, p. 317-328 12 p. (Cambridge Companions to Music).

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

  • Activities

    Annual Conference of ICTM Ireland

    Ioannis Tsioulakis (Speaker)
    22 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Roundtable: Ethnomusicology in the age of post-truth (UCD, Dublin)

    Ioannis Tsioulakis (Invited speaker)
    23 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    External Reviewer for PhD Progress, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    Ioannis Tsioulakis (Examiner)
    Oct 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Mentor for Early Career Scholars

    Ioannis Tsioulakis (Advisor)
    Apr 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    Chair of the Book Prize Panel of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology

    Ioannis Tsioulakis (Chair)
    01 Oct 201930 Apr 2020

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    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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