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Commonwealth Intercultural Arts Network

CIAN Forum 1: Mapping intercultural arts research

Convenor:  Sam Curkpatrick


Kate Hatton (University of the Arts, London)

Dr Kate Hatton is Head of Inclusive Education Programmes at the University of the Arts, London. She also manages a staff research project (RAS) and teaches Cultural and Historical Studies. More ...

Laura Hassler (Musicians without borders)

Laura Hassler is the founder and director of Musicians without Borders, an international network organization using music to bridge divides, build community and heal the wounds of war. Musicians without Borders cooperates with local musicians and partners on behalf of people suffering the effects of war and conflict. Its projects include rock music schools for youth in divided Balkan cities, community music training projects in Palestine and Rwanda, rap and samba percussion projects for human rights and social change (Palestine), and the therapeutic application of singing and movement for war-traumatised adults (refugees in the UK, genocide survivors in Bosnia and Rwanda).

Simone Kruger (Liverpool John Moores University)

Simone Kruger is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Liverpool John Moores University (UK) where she leads higher education courses and modules on globalisation, world music studies, popular music studies, and the role of music in culture. Her research interests are situated within ethnomusicology, world music pedagogy (educational anthropology), popular music and cultural studies, and the music of Paraguay. More...

Helen Minors (Kingston University)

‘Translating Music’ is an AHRC-funded international network project which aims to contribute to new developments in the translation of musical texts.> Exploring the interpersonal, intercultural, interdisciplinary, intralinguistic and interlinguistic bridges on which music and translation intersect, it examines how words linked to music are currently translated and what is needed to improve the provision of such translation, within, but also beyond lyrics. Initially set to map how translation is provided across a range of genres from film to advertising, it plans to focus more specifically on opera, which has led the way successful translation provision to multilingual, audiences and often appeals to an older public with some level of hearing or visual impairment. As opera companies have been pioneers in this domain, we will ask the question how they can influence best practices in translation provision across genres and media platforms. More...

Sandy O'Sullivan (Australian Indigenous Learning)

Sandy O'Sullivan is an Aboriginal Australian (Wiradjuri Nation) academic in the Research Division of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. She is a current Australian Research Council Senior Indigenous Researcher, an enduring Office for Learning and Teaching Australian Teaching Fellow, and holds a PhD in Fine Art and Performance. Her current international research work focuses on representation of First Peoples in major national museum spaces in the US, UK and Australia. Sandy is the National Indigenous representative for Interpretation Australia and the Australian Office for Learning and Teaching (in Higher Education), where her work focuses on alternative and creative dissemination as a culturally appropriate research outcome for Indigenous research candidates.

Tina K. Ramnarine (Royal Holloway, London University)

Tina K. Ramnarine is a musician, anthropologist and global cultural explorer. Her interdisciplinary research draws on social theory, performance and multi-sited ethnographic work in looking at music, globalization, identity politics and environment. She has carried out extensive field research and published widely on music in northern European, Caribbean and Indian diasporic contexts. Her publications include the books Creating Their Own Space: The Development of an Indian-Caribbean Musical Tradition (University of West Indies Press, 2001), Ilmatar's Inspirations: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Changing Soundscapes of Finnish Folk Music (Chicago University Press, 2003), Beautiful Cosmos: Performance and Belonging in the Caribbean Diaspora (Pluto Press, 2007), and an edited volume Musical Performance in the Diaspora (Routledge, 2007).With interests in engaged scholarship, she has explored what music researchers can contribute to important global issues such as climate change. Her current research is on 'orchestras' in global perspective, for which recent fieldwork has been in India, the Caribbean and Bali.

She is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway University of London. She has also held academic appointments at the Royal College of Music and Queens University Belfast. Currently, she is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Ethnomusicology (USA). She is a former Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, UK Representative on the International Council for Traditional Music, and co-editor of the journal Ethnomusicology Forum.

Ylva Hofvander Trulsson (Lund University, Sweden)

Dr Ylva Hofvander Trulsson (MMus, MEd, PhD) is presently (2012-2014) a visiting scholar/postdoc at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, working on the postdoctoral research project, Musical Learning and Discipline - discourses on social mobility of immigrant parents and their children, financed by the Swedish Research Council. Her research looks at perspectives on class formation in relation to parents’ choices, concerted cultivation, migration and social mobility.  Originally from the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University in Sweden, where she did her masters and doctoral studies, Ylva is also a visiting scholar at Hedmark University College, Norway, working on the research project ”Musical gentrification and socio-cultural diversities” 2013-2016 (PI: Prof. Petter Dyndahl).

PhD-thesis title: Musical learning as social reconstruction. Music and origin in Eyes of immigrant parents.

Anne-Charlotte Tulinius (University of Copenhagen)

Associate Professor of postgraduate education at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and a Senior member of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, Charlotte is also the convenor of two interdisciplinary researchers’ fora: Education across borders, and Arts & Sciences Researchers’ Forum. She also works as an Educational consultant for The East African Health Professions Educators’ Association, Kenya.  More ...


Janice Jones (University of Southern Queensland) 

Janice Kathleen Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Expressive Arts in the School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She brings a postcolonial theoretical lens to her research and arts practice in education, using visual arts, digital metaphors and stories as creative means for discovering, disrupting and re-writing relationships of power. Her research focuses upon hybrid identities, border crossing and interculturality. Janice's current research brings together artists, rural farmers in Australia and school children in international contexts in a shared questioning of how we understand and express understandings of self and culture through images and words. Examples of her work with young people in the juvenile justice system include videos: Remapping the City (challenging negative images of young people with a positive message of hope) and Shattered Feathers – A graphic Novel– A darker work, looking at loss and betrayal, hope and comfort, including images and ‘graffiti poetry’ by young people at YouthTurn.  More...

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