Department of Music

Music, Politics and Identity

We are interested in the ways in which music has contributed to local, national and international political change, and shaped individual identities. Areas of particular interest include:

  • music and conflict
  • revolution
  • music and minorities
  • composer identity
  • music and social mobility
  • music and democracy
  • music and socialism
  • ethnicity and nationality

Projects and activities

Composer Biography: Narrative, Identity and Reception (Joanne Cormac) Leverhulme-funded project

French Opera and the Revolutionary Sublime (Sarah Hibberd), AHRC- funded project

Sounding Ethnicity, symposium (Nottingham, 30 April 2016)

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD funding for UK/EU students

The University of Nottingham is the lead institution for the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.


Research and supervision staff

Postgraduate research students

  • Sarah Nussbaum: Music in Prisons
  • Neil Smith: A Study of Mathias Spahlinger
  • Robert Upton: ProgRock, PopCore, and PunkCore

Collaborative partners (academic and non-academic)

  • Marek Korczynski (Business School): music and work cultures
  • Jeremy Lane (Department of French and Francophone Studies): jazz in the French-speaking world, 1918–45; jazz, race and imperialism



Department of Music

The University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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