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Martin Stokes appointed new King Edward Professor of Music

martinstokescropIt is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Martin Stokes, who will become the Department’s new King Edward Professor of Music on the retirement of Professor John Deathridge. Martin will be joining the Department in September 2012.

Martin Stokes has held posts at the Queens University of Belfast, the University of Chicago and Oxford University. He teaches and researches in ethnomusicology, with a particular interest in social and cultural theory, and in the Middle East. He has written extensively about various aspects of ethnomusicological history and theory. His article, “Music and the Global Order” (Annual Reviews in Anthropology 33, 2004), was in 2005 winner of the Jaap Kunst Prize, awarded by the Society for Ethnomusicology. His most recent book, The Republic of Love: Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music, a study in the politics of affect and civility, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2010.

Martin has, over the years, been principal supervisor of some sixteen completed PhD dissertations, ranging from studies of Korean “comfort women” and their music, to trance cults in Tunisia, to the English Folk Music revival. He is also a performing musician, playing qanun in ensembles that have performed Middle Eastern music at major venues in the United States and Europe. He started life as an organ scholar, and still has an active interest in western music performance. He was awarded the Dent medal in 2010 by the Royal Musical Association for his “outstanding contribution to musicology”. He will deliver the Bloch lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2013.

This exciting appointment brings new strength to rapidly expanding interests in ethnomusicology at King’s. As well as enjoying long-standing connections with the Department of Music at SOAS, King’s has since 2009 appointed four ethnomusicologists to posts in the department (Katherine Butler Schofield, Carolyn Landau, David Irving and Jim Sykes) and currently hosts a €1.2m, four-year European Research Council project, “Musical Transitions”, investigating musical change in India and the Malay world 1750-1900.

 

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