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    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).



    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 an award in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

    Queen's Teaching Award 

    Professor Magowan was 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.

    Relevant Websites

    Royal Irish Academy Committee for Social Sciences

    Anthropological Association of Ireland:

    International Council of Traditional Music:




    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)



    Advanced Anthropological Methods (MA Level, ANT 7009) 



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

    Willingness to take PhD students


    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

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    Frequent Journals

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    Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

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