Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies

About the Conference

This international and interdisciplinary conference addresses the wide-ranging changes to music and musical practices afforded by digitisation and digital media in the developing and the developed world. It features an array of leading and younger scholars from music, anthropology, sociology, ethnomusicology, sound studies and new/media studies. The aim is to forge a new interdisciplinary field of digital music studies, while feeding the benefits gained from the analysis of music today back into anthropological, media and social theory.

An additional goal of the conference is to present and discuss, with colleagues engaged in related work and those from relevant disciplines, the research findings of Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies (Musdig), a 5-year research programme based in the Faculty of Music at Oxford.

Conference Programme and Additional Information

For the full conference booklet, see: MusDig-Booklet-FINAL. The booklet contains a variety of information, including the programme, abstracts and bios, details about the conference venue and our music events, how to get to Oxford, and some suggestions on what to do in Oxford. These booklets will also be printed in hardcopy and handed out to registered delegates on arrival.


St Anne’s College, University of Oxford


Anahid Kassabian is the James and Constance Alsop Chair of Music at the Institute of Popular Music and the School of Music at the University of Liverpool. Her most recent book is Ubiquitous Listening: Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivity (University of California Press, 2013).

Jason Stanyek is University Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Oxford. He is currently completing an ethnographic monograph on Brazilian diasporic performance and is co-editing three volumes of collected essays (all forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2013): The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies (2 volumes; co-edited with Sumanth Gopinath) and Brazil’s Northern Wave: Fifty Years of Bossa Nova in the United States (co-edited with Frederick Moehn).

Heather Horst is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, Co-Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, and a Research Fellow in the MA programme in Digital Anthropology at University College London. Her research focuses upon new media, material  culture, and transnational migration, and her most recent book, co-edited with Daniel Miller, is Digital Anthropology (Berg/Bloomsbury, 2012).


Victoria Armstrong (St Mary’s), Geoff Baker (RHUL and Oxford), Andrew Barry (Oxford), Eliot Bates (Birmingham), Nancy Baym (Microsoft Research), Frauke Behrendt (Brighton), Georgina Born (Oxford), Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier (Victoria), Michael Bull (Sussex), Mark J. Butler (Northwestern), Nicholas Cook (Cambridge), Aditi Deo (Oxford), Blake Durham (Oxford), Andrew Eisenberg (Oxford), Adrian Freed (UC Berkeley), Haidy Geismar (UCL), Andrew Goffey (Nottingham), Sumanth Gopinath (Minnesota), Christopher Haworth (ICASP), Steve Jones (Illinois at Chicago), Mark Katz (North Carolina), Cathy Lane (LCC), Eric Lewis (McGill), George Lewis (Columbia), Noel Lobley (Pitt Rivers), Sonia Livingstone (LSE), George Marcus (UC Irvine), Lee Marshall (Bristol), Frederick Moehn (KCL), Keith Negus (Goldsmiths), David Novak (UC Santa Barbara), Gascia Ouzounian (QUB), Alex Perullo (Bryant), Benjamin Piekut (Cornell), Trevor Pinch (Cornell), Marilou Polymeropoulou (Oxford), Nick Prior (Edinburgh), Katherine Schofield (KCL), Nick Seaver (UC Irvine), Joe Snape (Oxford), Jonathan Sterne (McGill), Martin Stokes (KCL), Paul Théberge (Carleton), Patrick Valiquet (Oxford)