BA Hons (Nottingham), MSt, (Oxford), DPhil (Oxford)
Professor of Social Anthropology
Director of Research: Anthropology and Ethnomusicology (Sem 1)
Tel: + 44 (0) 28 9097 3740
Fiona Magowan was educated at the universities of Nottingham and Oxford in Music and Social Anthropology and awarded a D.Phil at Oxford in 1995. She held lectureships in Anthropology at Manchester University (1993-96) and Adelaide University, South Australia (1996-2003) before coming to Queen’s University in 2003. She has been Vice-President of the Australian Anthropological Society 2000-2002; Chair of the Anthropological Association of Ireland (2006-08); a member of the Royal Irish Academy's National Committee for Social Sciences (2009-2011) and Chair of the Music and Gender Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music.
Her research interests span issues of movement, music and the senses in anthropology and ethnomusicology. She has conducted fieldwork on religion, ritual and Christianity amongst Yolngu in north east Arnhem Land since 1990 with regular return trips. Research interests have included mission histories, cultural tourism, and more recently new movements in art and aesthetics. Her book, Melodies of Mourning, shortlisted for the 2008 Stanner Award, examines Yolngu sensory awareness of the Northern Territory environment through music and dance and women's emotions in ritual performance. She has also carried out consultancies on town infrastructure and customary marine tenure in far north Queensland and north east Arnhem Land, respectively. Other research areas include work on senses of musical healing and culture in Northern Ireland and an ESRC funded project on senses of risk among drivers, pedestrians and other road users. She has completed an RCUK funded project as Senior Researcher in the HERA consortium Creativity in a World of Movement on Moving aesthetics: translocal and transnational spiritualities in Australian Aboriginal art (HERA 2010-2012 with Dr. Maruska Svasek, PI) and is currently working on The Domestic Moral Economy: An Ethnographic Study of Values in the Asia-Pacific (ESRC 2011-2015 with Professor Karen Sykes, Manchester University and Professor Chris Gregory ANU).
Select chapters and articles
In 2007, Professor Magowan was the first recipient of a Queen's University Teaching Award in the School of History and Anthropology. For further information on the award see links below.
Expressive Cultures: Sound, Text and Image, ESA1001
Dissertation Writing, ANT3030
Performance, Power and Passion, ESA2003, 3003
Sex and Gender: Anthropological Perspectives, SAN2020 SAN3030
Current PhD Supervision
Nan Zhao: The Effect of Tourism on Children in HemuVillage, Xinjiang (Visiting scholar)
Alice Neeson: Envisioning Reconciliation: Media practice as a tool of conflict transformation
Wu Wanting:Constructing minority identities through Ethnic Dance in Beijing, China
Ranmalie Jayawardana: Conflict, Human Rights and Performance in Sri Lanka
Jonathan Gregory: Gendered Sound, Space and Instruments: An Ethnography of Carnival in Cape Town, South Africa
Ray De Bono Roberts: Charismatic Catholicism in Malta
Amelia Seifert: Nez Perce Indian Horse Culture in the 21st Century
Koichi Samuels: Performing Ability: Exploring the individual and social outcomes of inclusive music-making through assistive technologies
PhDs Completed (First Supervisor)
Hilary Foye (2015) Christianity, Conflict and Community: Expressions of Faith, Emotion and Personhood in the Contemporary Church.
Renato Castro (2014) Picturing the past: Technologies of musical knowledge in nineteenth century Rio de Janeiro
Theodore Konkouris (2013) Heroes, Gunpowder, Cassettes and Tape Recorders: Production, Distribution and Transmission of a Musical Tradition
in Mali West Africa
Jaime Rollins-McColgan (2012) Parading Identity, Memory and Commemoration in Northern Ireland
Julissa Ossorio-Bermudez (2011) Negotiating Gender among Muslim Girls through Popular Music in Northern Ireland.
Gordon Ramsey (2010) Music, Emotion and Identity in Ulster-Scots Communities.
Sally Walmsley-Pledl (2007) Playing A-Part Together: Negotiating Participation, Practice and Meaning in Voluntary Music Associations in East Bavaria.
Jonathan McIntosh (2006) Meaning through Tradition: Children's Practice and Performance of Dance, Music and Song in South-central Bali.
Beatrice Prentice (2012) Latin Oxford: Dominance, Power and Gender Roles Dancing Salsa
Elina Rowley (2011) The Management of Shark Populations in Townsville, Qld. Australia
Ioannis Tsioulakis (2011) 'Working or Playing?': Power, Aesthetics and Cosmopolitanism among professional musicians in Athens
Noomi Mozard (2010) Cultural Representations of Nature in Venezuela
Royal Irish Academy Committee for Social Sciences http://www.ria.ie/committees/socialscience/new.html
Anthropological Association of Ireland: http://www.anthropologyireland.org/index.htm
International Council for Traditional Music: http://www.ictmusic.org/ICTM/