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AHRC studentships

The School of Music at Cardiff University is delighted to invite AHRC studentship applications as part of the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP).

The consortium, whose 8 members include our partner Music departments at Bath Spa, Bristol and Southampton, has secured 200 studentships to be disbursed over 5 years. Students within the DTP are based in a single department, but the consortium works on the principle of collaborative supervision and is also working in partnership with major arts and culture organisations both in the UK and abroad.

The 2015-16 application cycle has now closed but the 2016-17 round will open in November 2016 and members of staff in the School are available now to discuss planned applications. It is essential for applicants to identify and liaise with their potential supervisors.

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If advice is needed on who to approach, please contact Dr David Beard - - in the first instance.


Supervisors for AHRC studentships, along with their specialism(s)

Dr Kenneth Gloag: theory and analysis; aesthetics; all aspects of 20th-century and 21st-century music.

Professor Kenneth Hamilton: 19th- and early 20th-century music in general; performance practice, especially piano; Liszt, Wagner, Chopin, Alkan; the virtuoso school; the
New German School.

Professor David Wyn Jones: music and musical life in the Classical Period, especially Haydn, Beethoven, and the symphony; practices and patterns of music dissemination (manuscript and printed); music in Vienna, 1683–1914; music and Austrian/Habsburg experiences of the First World War.

Dr John Morgan O’Connell: musical traditions of the Middle East and Central Asia; musical traditions of Europe and the European Diaspora; musical aesthetics in a cross-cultural perspective; critical approaches to the study of ethnomusicology.

Dr Caroline Rae: French music since Debussy; 20th-century music in Latin America; music and Magic Realism; French–Latin American musical-literary interactions in the 20th century; music of 20th-century Spain and the Hispanic diaspora.

Dr Arlene Sierra: All genres of contemporary composition, including orchestral, opera/vocal, chamber, electroacoustic and music for dance and film

Dr Charles Wilson: Twentieth-century music history and aesthetics; music theory and analysis of late eighteenth to early twenty-first centuries; music historiography in the twentieth century.

Dr David Beard: 20th-century British music; post-1945 music in general, especially opera and experimental music theatre; intersections between close reading/musical analysis, hermeneutics/cultural theory, and source/genesis studies; contemporary music and politics; ethnographic studies and contemporary music; ethnicity in 20th-century music; popular music.

Dr Keith Chapin: musical aesthetics, 17th-20th centuries; history of music theory and analysis, 17th-20th centuries; eighteenth-century studies; cultural transfers between France and Germany; cross-currents between literature, philosophy, and music; critical theory.

Dr Robert Fokkens: composition, particularly opera/vocal music and ‘intercultural music’

Dr Sarah Hill: popular music; popular culture; Welsh culture; Welsh popular culture; countercultural studies.

Dr David Ponsford: 17th- and early 18th-century keyboard music.

Dr Clair Rowden: opera and ballet in long-nineteenth-century France and Italy; music and music-making in France in the long nineteenth century; gender studies in music; reception studies; music and the press; musical iconography; music, intertextuality and intermediality.

Dr Amanda Villepastour: African music (particularly Yoruba music) and religion; music and linguistics (particularly speech surrogacy and music and tone languages); music and gender (specialising in the African/African diaspora); organology (with experience in museology); Afro-Cuban religious music, particularly the music of Santeria; African drumming, particularly Bata drumming in Nigeria, Cuba and the USA; world-music critique; popular music.