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Fiona Magowan’s research covers three interconnected areas: music, sound and movement; art, emotion and the senses; and religion, identity and transformation. As PI of 'Sounding Conflict: From Resistance to Reconciliation' (2017-2021), she is leading a team of Queen's staff and 10 partner organisations researching across the Middle East, Brazil and Northern Ireland.

Her work focuses on the emotional potentialities of sound, storytelling and music for conflict transformation and peacebuilding in Australia, Brazil and Northern Ireland.

She is also exploring empathy, recognition, resilience and reconciliation in music, dance, art and drama in conflict transformation in Mozambique.

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Professor Magowan is open to PhD applications in the fields of; 

  • Music and storytelling in conflict transformation/peacebuilding
  • Arts and reconciliation
  • Sense and emotion
  • Dance, movement and empathy
  • Indigenous ritual, religion and performance
  • Christianity and missions
  • Gender and performance

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Research students

PhD Title: (In)Security and Storytelling in Sri Lanka: Negotiating Safe Spaces to Remember, Reenact and Reconcile Violence

Name: Ranmalie Jayawardana
Years of Study: 2015-2018

PhD Title: Sensing Peace through the body: Tibetan dance and conflict transformation in diasporic communities

Name: Wanting Wu
Years of Study: 2015-2018


PhD Title: Youth Agency in Cross Border Music and Peacebuilding on the Island of Ireland: The Cross-Border Youth Orchestra of Ireland and the Peace Proms

Name: Sinead Lynch
Years of Study: 2016-2019


Research students

PhD Title: Cultural Intimacy and the country music scene in West Ulster

Name: Hannah Gibson
Years of Study: 2016-2019

PhD Title: Youth Conflict-Related Trauma through Generations. An Ethnography on the Relationship between Health and Society in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland

Name: Chiara Magliacane
Years of Study: 2017-2020


PhD Title: The Art of Caring: New Opportunities for Creative Practitioners in the Ageing Economy

Name: Taika Bottner
Years of Study: 2018- 2021


Alumni: where are they now?

Dr. Jonathan Gregory

PhD Title: Joy and Struggle: A musical ethnography of the Kaapse Klopse carnival in Cape Town, South Africa

Years of Study: Completed 2017
Current position: 

Dr. Amelia Seifert

PhD Title: Contemporary Native American Horse Culture in the Colombia Plateau Area

Years of Study: Completed 2017
Current position: 

Dr. Hilary Foye

PhD Title: Christianity, Conflict and Community: Expressions of faith, identity and personhood in Northern Irish Evangelicalism          

Years of Study: Completed 2015
Current position:

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