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. 

What we cover

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

Current and past projects

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

Music and Socialism, conference (Nottingham 7-8 July 2017)

Sounding Ethnicity, symposium (Nottingham, 30 April 2016)

Find out about all our projects

Research with us

Find out more about our research degrees, funding, facilities and support.

Research degrees


Who is involved

Academic staff

  • Joanne Cormac (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow): multimedia composer biography

Postgraduate research students

  • Sarah Nussbaum: Music in Prisons
  • Robert Upton: ProgRock, PopCore, and PunkCore

Collaborative partners (academics and non-academic) 

  • 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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