Research Agenda

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My current research agenda encompasses three broad fields, all from a cultural studies perspective:

  1. Popular music
  2. Popular music journalism
  3. Aesthetics

I have specific research interests in each of these fields.

My interests in popular music are:

  • Materiality of musical sounds
  • Ethnicity and popular music
  • Music and society

My interests in popular music journalism are:

  • Mid-twentieth century music writing across all genres
  • Role of aesthetics in musical cultural intermediation
  • Serious music writing in unserious periodicals

In addition to pop music, I have research interests in the aesthetics of other arts:

  • Avant-garde practices in the visual arts, music and literature
  • Phenomenological approaches to aesthetics