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Commonwealth Intercultural Arts Network

CIAN Forum 2: Documenting Intercultural Arts Practice

Convenor:  Brydie-Leigh Bartleet


Elizabeth Dobson is a Senior Lecturer in Music Technology in the department of Music and Drama at The University of Huddersfield. As a Bangor University music graduate she now teaches sound and music composition for film, and has produced various acoustic arrangements, for The Lotus Eaters and Japanese rock band Electric Eel Shock. Following further postgraduate training, she has recently completed her Open University PhD, An investigation of the process of interdisciplinary creative collaboration: the case of music technology students working within the performing arts (available at  More...

Graham Dowdall is a very experienced musician, composer, workshop facilitator, trainer and tutor at Goldsmiths College, specialising in electronics, sonic-art, technology and rhythm. Over the 30 years of his professional career he has worked with a huge variety of artists including Nico, Pere Ubu, African National Congress Choir, Suns of Arqa playing on many acclaimed records and performing across the globe from Tokyo nightclubs to being the first European musicians invited to the Tabyk shamanist music festival in Yakutsk, Siberia. He currently performs solo electronica as Gagarin, is a continuing member of Pere Ubu and also of Roshi featuring Pars Radio, whose current album 3 Almonds and a Walnut has been receiving incredible reviews and extensive airplay.

Helen Gilbert (Royal Holloway, Institute of London)

Helen Gilbert is Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published widely in postcolonial theatre and cultural studies and is currently running a 5-year project on contemporary indigenous performance in the Americas, the Pacific, Australia and South Africa, funded by the European Research Council. This interdisciplinary work will culminate in an exhibition, ‘EcoCentrix: Indigenous Arts, Sustainable Acts’, staged at Bargehouse in the Southbank precinct in October 2013. Her books include Performance and Cosmopolitics: Cross-Cultural Transactions in Australasia (co-authored with Jacqueline Lo, 2007) and The Wild Man of Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan (with Robert Cribb and Helen Tiffin) and an upcoming co-edited collection of essays, Recasting Commodity and Spectacle in the Indigenous Americas (2013).

Nina Graeff is undertaking a PhD and holds a Fellowship in "Interart Studies" and Education at the Dahlem Research School of the Free University of Berlin.  Her thesis is on Transcultural Musical Hertiage: Afro-Brazilian Traditions as Embodied Knowledge Beyond Geographical Boundaries. (Supervisor: Professor Christoph Wulf).

John Howard (London College of Music, University of West London)

John Howard is active as a composer, music educator/musicologist, and conductor. His interest in Chinese music has produced a number of related papers, including Fusion or con-fusion, composing for Chinese orchestra, in the symposium of the ISME, 1992.  More info...

Liza Lim (University of Huddersfield)

Liza Lim is Professor of Composition and Director of the Centre for Research in Contemporary Music at the University of Huddersfield. She is also a founding member of the Akademie der Künste der Welt, an international think-tank focused on intercultural dialogue based in Cologne. Lim’s compositions and research engage with heterogeneous cultural references: ranging from Southern Chinese street opera in Penang to aspects of Australian Indigenous aesthetics and ritual, Sufi poetry and Nordic mythscapes amongst others. The focus of this research is to investigate different cultural epistemologies in art and music and to reflect on, implement and act on ethical frameworks for collaboration. Profile... Composer... More ...

Sue Miller (Anglia Ruskin University)

Sue Miller is senior lecturer in music and head of the Popular Music course at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK). She completed her practice-led PhD in 2011 on flute improvisation in Cuban charanga performance at the University of Leeds having previously studied charanga flute improvisation with Richard Egües from Orquesta Aragón in Havana in 2000 and 2001. Sue is the musical director of the UK's only charanga orchestra 'Charanga del Norte' which she founded in 1998. In addition to working with her own group she has performed with veteran charanga musicians in Havana including Estrellas Cubanas, Charanga de Oro, Orquesta Sublime and Orquesta Barbarito Díez.  More info:

Lis Murphy (Musicians Without Borders, UK)

Lis Murphy is an international music trainer, facilitator and performer. She is the UK Founder and Artistic Director of Musicians without Borders, who work to reduce the traumatic effects of war through music, connecting divided communities for peace and positive change. After studying music at the University of Edinburgh, Lis worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina as the head of the regional schools program of Warchild. Since returning to the UK, she has pioneered the use of singing and song-writing workshops with refugees and torture survivors, enabling people to find inner peace through creative expression and raising awareness of their experiences in a positive and moving way through musical performances. More ...

Roshi Nasehi is a Welsh born singer-songwriter of Iranian parentage with a track record in live performance, collaboration, recording and music workshops. Commissions include BBC Radio 3, So&So Circus Theatre and Birds Eye View for the Southbank 2012 WOW festival. A visiting tutor at Goldsmiths, she has delivered projects for Sing Up, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Kith & Kids. Her records, made in collaboration with sound artist Graham Dowdall, have received significant airplay and widespread acclaim including twice experimental record of the month in Mixmag who described her as 'one of the most singular voices working at the moment'.

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.

Heidi Partti (University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy)

Dr Heidi Partti (DMus, MA Applied Music Psychology, MMus) currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Music Education, Jazz and Folk Music at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy, Finland, where she also teaches research methods and supervises the writing of masters theses. During the Autumn of 2012 she worked as a visiting researcher at the Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium in Australia. Heidi’s research interests are initiated by a need to better understand the surrounding culture of music making and learning. Her doctoral dissertation contributed to a new understanding of broader cultural changes in music making, learning, and teaching, cosmopolitan musicianship, benefits of peer-learning, and communities in learning. Heidi has recently been involved in the Multicultural Arts University research project in Cambodia and Finland, in which she, along with her colleagues, examined expressions of patriotism in educational policy and practice and the development of intercultural competencies in music teacher education through cultural exchange projects. During the academic year 2013–2014 she will also visit Nepal to collaborate in creating the first music teacher preparation program in Nepal. Heidi’s peer-reviewed articles have been published in Finnish and international scientific journals and books, and she has presented her work at numerous international conferences in music education.

Ben Sandbrook (Arts Education Consultant)

Ben Sandbrook is an independent consultant, specialising in arts education, facilitating change and supporting creativity and progression, with particular interests in multi-stakeholder strategy and sustainable development. He runs the Musical Progressions Roundtable with AYM and the Early Years Strategic Roundtable with Earlyarts, and provides consultancy services on strategic development and implementing change, and speaks widely on creativity and education strategy.

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 ...


Bronwyn Carlson (University of Wollongong) 

Dr. Bronwyn Carlson is a senior lecturer in the Indigenous Studies Unit, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong, NSW Australia. Her research interests include:

The politics of Indigenous identity – with particular interest in what it means to identify as an Aboriginal person today focussing on what constitutes and is constitutive of Aboriginal identity in contemporary times. More...

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