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    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




    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)



    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)



    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



    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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