Dr John Morgan O'Connell

Dr John Morgan O'Connell


+44 (0)29 2087 0394

I founded the program in Ethnomusicology at Cardiff University. I am a graduate of Oxford University, the Guildhall School of Music and the University of California (Los Angeles) where I completed my PhD in Ethnomusicology on Turkish music. My publications concern in principle the musical traditions of the Muslim world, with a specialist interest in the areas of music and conflict, and music in application. In addition, I have been a music consultant for a number of international organizations in Central Asia and East Africa. Further, I have organized many international colloquia and I am on the editorial boards of different international publishers.

Previous academic positions

Permanent Appointments: 

  • Otago University (Lecturer) 
  • University of Limerick (Senior Lecturer) 
  • Cardiff University (Reader) 

Visiting Appointments: 

  • Queen's University (Visiting Lecturer) 
  • Brown University (Visiting Professor) 
  • Haverford College (Distinguished Visiting Professor), among others

Speaking engagements

Recent (as Invited Speaker): 

  • Silk Road Convention (Beijing)
  • Music and Emotion Colloquium (St. Louis)
  • Mugam Symposium (Baku)
  • Meter in Ottoman Music (M√ľnster)
  • Music and Architecture (London)
  • Jewish Music Studies (Hanover)
  • Music in Conflict (London), among others

I offer a range of lectures and seminars. At an undergraduate level, I teach the following lectures: ‘Music in Human Life’ (Year 1), ‘Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective’ (Year 2) and ‘Project in Ethnomusicology’ (Year 3). At a postgraduate level, I teach the following seminars: ‘The Anthropology of Music’, ‘Methods in Ethnomusicology’, ‘The World of Music’, ‘Doing Ethnomusicology’, ‘The Language of Music’ and ‘Music and Discourse’. I also offer specialist seminars that concern music in the Muslim world and music in the Celtic world. My doctoral students are currently completing research on musical topics in the Celtic world, the Balkans, and Turkey.

My research concerns the musical traditions of the Muslim world, with a secondary area of expertise in the musical traditions of Europe. Other areas of interest include the significance of hermeneutic theory and historical ethnography for ethnomusicology. I have recently completed a monograph on Turkish style in the early-Republican period (1923-1938). I have also edited a scholarly collection that concerns music and conflict in a global perspective. Further, I have completed research on music and humanism, music and classicism and music and architecture. With University funding, I am currently working on a monograph that considers the role of music during WW1.