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Ioannis Tsioulakis


Where are you from?      Greece 

What year did you complete your degree? 

After obtaining a degree in Music Studies at the University of Athens, I completed an MA in Anthropology of Music at Queen’s in 2006, and PhD in Ethnomusicology in 2011.

Why did you choose to study Anthropology at Queen’s?  

I was initially attracted to Queen’s by the John Blacking legacy in anthropology, known around the world for its specialisation in music with a focus on performance. Also, the interest in Ireland that I developed as a child through movies and pictures became stronger after a visit to Limerick for a music festival in 2003. My desire to live in Ireland and the offered MA programme made it a very easy choice! 

What do you particularly enjoy about studying Ethnomusicology at Queen’s? 

Ethnomusicology at Queen’s offers a high-standard learning experience, ideally balanced between structured teaching and research initiatives. The variety of subjects covered by Queen’s anthropology researchers and lecturers ensures an up-to-date approach to international academic debates. My research focuses on Greek professional music-making. More specifically, I have written papers on Greek jazz musicians and their sense of cosmopolitanism (for which I received the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Student Prize in 2008), and the sociality of band-participation in Athens.

Alongside the formal learning process, anthropological studies at Queen’s provide a vibrant and pleasant academic environment. The numerous seminars, events and intra- and extra-departmental activities form a community constantly on the move! Research, academic discussions, resolution of studying practicalities and plain fun are all part of participating in the lively collective of Anthropology. 

What about studying at Queen’s in general? What is that like? 

The university experience involves far more than the formal academic environment can provide, and students at Queen’s know that well! I was always impressed by the variety of societies and clubs that were willing to take me aboard (many of which make you wonder about the oddity of leisure activities that exist in the world!). I am currently involved in the Queen’s Radio Society, by producing a weekly two-hour show of world music, called ‘post-locale’. 

What are you planning to do in the future? What career would you like to pursue? 

I am planning to pursue an academic career in Ethnomusicology combined with some creative music-making. 

Would you recommend studying at Queen’s to other students? What advice would you give them? 

I would recommend studying at Queen’s (and have done so in the past) to anyone who wants to combine a high level of education with living in a city large enough to support an enjoyable student experience and small enough to ensure a good quality of life.