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Accepting PhD Students

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

20112020

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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 first monograph, Musicians in Crisis: Working and Playing in the Greek Popular Music Industry will be published by Routledge in September 2020. The book looks at the diverse socio-cultural worlds of music-making in the Greek capital with an emphasis on precarity and economic austerity. Ioannis's research has also focused 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.

Ioannis is currently conducting research on the impact of Covid-19 on performing artists, with a number of publications and collaborative projects under development (a preliminary co-written piece with Dr Ali FitzGibbon can be found here)

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. 

 

Research Interests

Ioannis’s main research has focused on music professionalism and the impact of globalisationon Greek subcultures and their conceptions of musical creativity. His current research is concentrating on musical labour and precarity 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 relationship between economic/political crisis and ideas of transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, and eclecticism within popular music-making in Greece and the wider Mediterranean
  • Covid-19 and its impact on performing artists in Greece and Ireland

 

Teaching

Undergraduate

Being Creative: Music, Media and the Arts (Level 1, Sem 2 - ESA1001)

Radical Musics: Understanding Sounds of Defiance across Disciplines (Level 2, Sem 1 - HAP2000)

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

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

 

Postgraduate

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

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

Programme Convenor for Undergraduate Programmes in Anthropology

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Research Output

Performing Artists in the age of COVID-19: A moment of urgent action and potential change

Tsioulakis, I. & FitzGibbon, A., 09 Apr 2020, QPol.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
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  • 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
  • Activities

    Annual Conference of ICTM Ireland

    Ioannis Tsioulakis (Speaker)

    22 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    External Reviewer for PhD Progress, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    Ioannis Tsioulakis (Examiner)

    Oct 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Annual Conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology

    Ioannis Tsioulakis (Speaker)

    13 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    The World of Peer-Reviewed Journal

    John Moriarty (Invited speaker), & Ioannis Tsioulakis (Invited speaker)

    14 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Mentor for Early Career Scholars

    Ioannis Tsioulakis (Advisor)

    Apr 2019

    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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