Posted on 18/04/2017
Geoff Baker (l) and Mark Bowden (r)
Congratulations to two of our academic members of staff, Geoff Baker and Mark Bowden, on being awarded prestigious research grants.
Geoff Baker (Professor of Music), has been awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellowship, which will cover 18 months, and will support his project that he will begin in September 2017. He describes his project like this:
"My project will explore how musical practices shape and are shaped by conceptions of citizenship, and examine the impact of music education programs on social development and urban renewal. It will entail a year of ethnographic fieldwork in Medellín, Colombia, a formerly violent city now famous for its “social urbanism” – a development plan that emphasises education, culture, and citizenship. The centrality of music education in social urbanism makes Medellín a compelling case study of music, citizenship, and urban renewal.
How is citizenship conceptualised in different contexts and genres? And how do these conceptions relate to practices of music and learning? More broadly, I will interrogate “social action through music” - the increasing use of music education as a form of social development. I will also scrutinise Medellín’s embrace of the “creative city” paradigm, which culminated in its designation as a UNESCO City of Music."
Mark Bowden (Director of Composition) has been awarded a 2-year Leverhulme Research Fellowship to enable him to complete an exciting new opera commission. It will involve resurrecting an unrealized project planned by two of the Twentieth Century's most notable artistic figures. We can't reveal too much about the details of this at the moment, but look out for further updates as the project develops.
Congratulations to Geoff and Mark, and we look forward to seeing the fruits of your work!