This research project, supervised by Dr Matthew Riley, examines ‘national music’: music that induces positive ideas of a nation and powerful national sentiments in an audience. The project asks how and why listeners may over time come to ‘feel the nation’ in certain musical compositions, genres, instruments and practices. Case studies may be drawn from Europe, the Americas or Asia. The themes of cultural nationalism in music include folk-music research and the incorporation of ethnic vernacular idioms in art music, the landscapes of the national homeland, national history, myths and legends, the role of music in rituals of national commemoration, and the canonization of national music. Dr Matthew Riley is preparing a monograph on the history of national music in Europe and North America co-authored with Professor Anthony D. Smith, and the research project draws on this work as its starting point.
To find out more about studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham, including full details of the research undertaken in the School, the funding opportunities available for your subject, and guidance on making your application, you can order a copy of our Doctoral Research Prospectus, at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/drp
The main source of funding for a PhD in this field is the AHRC Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnerships (410 PhD studentships over a five-year period).
You can search for sources of funding at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding
How good is research at University of Birmingham in Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts?
FTE Category A staff submitted: 6.00
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