09 October 2009
Dr. Simon Keegan-Phipps appointed as a part-time
Dr. Simon Keegan-Phipps has been appointed for a two-year term as a part-time
Teaching Fellow in Ethnomusicology.
Simon specialises in contemporary English
folk and traditional music: he conducted his PhD at Newcastle University,
examining the educational institutionalization of folk and traditional music in
England, and he has just completed a two-year research assistantship at the
University of Sunderland, working on the AHRC-funded project 'Performing
Englishness in New English Folk Music and Dance'. In between teaching, he is
now writing on modern transformations of traditional music and dance in
Britain, and on contemporary constructions of English national identity. His
performance time is shared between the English concertina and jazz piano, but
he prides himself on being able to get a tune or rhythm out of most things.
He’s hoping that his forthcoming experiences learning the bandoneon (as part of
his next research project on Argentine Tango in northern Europe) will sate his
free-reed need, if only temporarily. Simon remarks 'I’m thrilled to have
joined the ranks of such a dynamic team of ethnomusicologists, and to be
working in a department of such international acclaim. I only hope my career
hasn’t peaked too early...'