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Here you can find news related to my research.

Paper for ESA Sociology of Culture conference

I’m currently preparing a paper, “Exploring the notion of pathways in the sociology of culture: A Japanese Electronica musician’s encounter with ‘Logic Pro’” that examines one of my key informant’s career trajectory from student to musician in Norway.

SAMORA article about my work

As well as regular academic papers, I am also keen to disseminate my findings in more generally available publications. As a part of this popular dissemination I have written an article for SAMORA (Nordic cultural magazine on minority related issues) entitled “Musikere med immigrantbakgrunn i Norge tråkker opp nye stier” which will be published later this year.

Presenting at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities conference 2013

I am very pleased to have had my paper “Lay crafting of joyful and inclusive musical events: Participant observation with a community-based volunteer group in South England” accepted at this years conference on “Multiformity and diversity: Combining individual care and community-based supports” in Tokyo, Japan. I will participate in a panel with colleagues from Kobe University on the topic of “What helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to enjoy music activities: towards better quality of life-long development“. 

Completed Ph.D.

I am finally finished with my Ph.D., my viva was completed a few days ago! I really enjoyed discussing my findings, but I am glad it is all over and I look forward to working on the topic o music and dementia in Norway and the Oslo/Østlandet area. The full abstract can be read below. I want to thank my supervisor, Tia DeNora and all my research colleagues in SocArts at Exeter University. I also want to thank all my informants who spent considerable time with me and allowed me to participate in their events.

Activities in late 2010/early 2011

In the past few months I have been busy with writing up my thesis (ongoing!), but I also found time to do both some research and practising community music as well as visiting several research centres that work on music and health related topics, an area of key interest to me as I work on music and dementia.

Japanese translation of “The Cultural Study of Music”

Japanese edition of Cultural Study of Music

I have been part of a team of Japanese researchers who have translated the well known textbook “The Cultural Study of Music“. This is a book that is frequently used by those of us who do research on the practical use of music and I am very happy that we now have been able to […]

Paper in Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics

I am very lucky to have been asked to contribute, together with my former supervisor Tia DeNora, a chapter to the book “Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics” published by Oxford University Press. This is based on data from my research with elderly people in Japan. Thanks a lot to the editors and reviewers for constructive feedback on the ideas we developed. The book is now published, you can obtain it here

Forthcoming article in Voices

I am very pleased to have had a paper accepted by Voices: World forum for Music Therapy . The paper is entitled “Expanding a care network for people with dementia and their carers through musicking: Participant observation with ‘Singing for the Brain'” and is based on data from my PhD research on the use of music in dementia care. The article will be published in the 2011 July issue.

Article in Music and Arts in Action

My first paper from my PhD research will be published in the next issue of Music and Arts in Action, this is a theme issue on music/arts and health. The paper (‘Music in Dementia Care: Increased Understanding through Mixed Research Methods’) is discussing how I used music as a part of my research to engage with people with dementia and their carer. I am also discussing my preliminary findings briefly. A more detailed look at my findings will be published in a forthcoming article in Voices

Symposium on improvisation at University of Exeter, March 2010

I have been busy arranging a symposium on a topic I am particularly interested in, namely improvisation in music and performance. This topic ties in with my work with Oto Asobi. The symposium will be held on the 25 and 26 March 2010 at the University of Exeter. I am very pleased that we will have contributors from Japan as well as Denmark, UK, USA, Canada and Sudan. You can find out more about this symposium here