Music, Media, and Performing Arts Research Centre

STAFF: SHEILA WHITELEY
BIOGRAPHY
Women professors of music are somewhat of an endangered species and together with Sheila, there are currently four in the UK. She is, however, unique in being awarded the first Chair of Popular Music in the UK in 2000 and enjoys an international reputation as a writer on popular music and gender. Her books include an edited text, Sexing the Groove: Popular Music and Gender (Routledge, 1998), Women and Popular Music: Sexuality, Identity and Subjectivity (Routledge, 2000) and, most recently, Too Much Too Young: Popular Music, Age and Identity (Routledge 2003) which draws on her interests in mythology, fairy tale, Arthurian legends, and literature. She is publications officer for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and is currently editing two books: Music, Space and Place: Popular Music and Cultural Identity, and Queering the Practice, which re-examines lesbian and gay identity and their relationship to popular music. Her work in the field of popular music has lead to invitations to present keynote addresses in Belgium, Finland, Australia and the United States as well as numerous broadcasts, including Woman's Hour and the Channel 4 TV series on Top Ten Lead Guitarists. Professor Whiteley heads up Critical Theory on the BA (Hons) Popular Music and Recording, and is currently supervising five PhD candidates. She has been an external examiner for MPhil and PhD candidates (the Universities of Sussex, Manchester Metropolitan, Jyvaskyla, Finland, Woolagong and Adelaide, Australia). She is currently leading an ESF-funded research project in gender and the cultural industries and Chairs the Chapel Street Regeneration Group for Media, Arts and Culture.
AREAS OF INTEREST
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Popular Music and Issues surrounding gender, identity, subjectivity and sexuality
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Popular Music and Hallucinogenics
OUTPUT
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Sexing the Groove, Popular Music and Gender. London:Routledge (1998) (ISBN 0-415-14670-4 and 0-415-41671-2)
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Women and Popular Music: Sexuality, Identity and Subjectivity. London:Routledge (May 2003)
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Repressive Representations: Patriarchy and Femininities' in Swiss, T., Sloop, J. & Herman, A. (eds) (1998) Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell, pp 153-170 (ISBN 1-57718-077-1, 1-57718-078-X)
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Love is all and love is everyone': a discussion of four musical portraits in Reising R. (ed) (2002) The Beatles Revolver and the Transformation of Rock and Roll. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp 209-221. (ISBN 0 7546 0556 6 (hbk) 0 7546 0557 5 (pbk))
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Review article on Beatlestudies 3 and the international conference on the Beatles (Jyvaskyla, 2000) in Popular Music (2000), Cambridge University Press. Pp 133-6
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No Fixed Agenda. The Position of the Beatles within Popular Music/Rock.' Keynote address in Beatlestudies 3. Proceedings of the Beatles 2000 Conference. University of Jyvaskyla, Department of Music: Research Reports 23. ISBN 951-39-0809-7 (pp 3-14)
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Conference Contributions in Print:
Opening up the Debates', Plenary, 'Subjectivities and Identities'. Looking Back, Looking Ahead. Popular Music Studies 20 Years Later. Conference Proceedings, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, IASPM-Norden, Turku, 2002, pp 199-201. ISBN 951-98789-1-2.
PROJECTS/GRANTS
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As Associate Dean (AE) I have worked primarily on bids for FreeFlowUk (£300K over last three years).
PROFILE
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Broadcasts, including ABC national radio, Australia on Music and Hallucenogenics (1993), Sexuality, Gender and Popular Music (1998)
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Broadcast on Jyvaskala (Finland) on Music Education in Britain (1998).
- Television and Radio Broadcasts - Channel 2, 3, 4. Radio 3, 4, 5, 2000/2003.
- Radio Broadcasts (BBC, DriveTime, Woman's Hour, BBC World Programme, 2001-3.
- Editorial Board, Ashgate list in popular and folk music.
- Editorial Board, Popular Musicology.
- Public lecture: Cornerhouse, Manchester. The Lonely Road: Women and Rock, October 2002.
- Public lecture: Yorkshire Television/LMU Media and Popular Culture Public Lecture Series 2002: October, 2002. 'Women, Idetity and Sexuality in Popular Music'
- Mythology, Dialogics and Popular Music', paper at Nuovi Soundscapes, University of Rome, 28 November, 2002.
- Popular Music and Music Technology in Further Education, 2002 Conference, December, 2002. The Gendering of Popular Music and its implications for further and higher education. Network Training - staff development conference for teachers in FE.
- Keynote, Sonic Synergies, University of Southern Australia, Adelaide, July 2003.
- General Secretary, (International Committee) The International Association for the Study of Popular Music (1999-2001)
- Publications Officer (International Committee) The International Association for the Study of Popular Music (2001 continuing).
- Regular refereeing for Routledge. On average 1+ a year for Ashgate, Blackwell, Arnold.




 

 

 

 

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