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Music, politics and place

Broadening our understanding of important musical centres and questioning standard historical narratives.

Our current research in this area includes research on folk traditions in Ireland, and on music and music publishing in France during World War I.

Past research has included an investigation into music’s political and social roles in Vienna in 1700, 1800 and 1900, music and propaganda in France during World War I, research on music in Turkey, and a chronicle of the emergence of the psychedelic counterculture in San Francisco 1965-70.


Dr Stephen Millar is currently working on a project examining the role loyalist songs played during the Northern Ireland Troubles (1968-1998).

Past projects in this area of research have included Professor David Wyn Jones’s work on music in the city of Vienna; Dr Sarah Hill’s exploration of psychedelic experimentation and counter-culture in 1960s San Francisco and Dr Caroline Rae’s collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra, sharing her expertise in twentieth-century French music.