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The Oxford Brookes Popular Music Research Unit (PMRU) and OxPAN (the Oxford Pop Academics Network) present:

A Postgraduate Popular Music Study Day

Richard Hamilton Building, Oxford Brookes University
Thursday 25 May 2017, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Free to attend; all welcome

Oxford Brookes’ PMRU and OxPAN are holding a postgraduate study day at Oxford Brookes on Thursday 25th May 2017 particularly aimed at universities regional to the Oxford area but open to all. The day will feature paper sessions presented by local students, and a discussion panel.

The panel will bring together experts from academia and the music industry to discuss syncing – the process of connecting a musical composition with a moving picture. The topic continues the ‘Shifting Ground’ theme of Oxford Brookes’ PMRU group (see Dr Dai Griffiths (Brookes) will introduce the Study Day and also present Shifting Ground’s current research in the area of music and copyright.

This Study Day is a fantastic opportunity for students from across the region to present their current research, meet and network with fellow students and academics, and watch academics and music industry professionals discuss issues current to popular music studies and the music industry.

All are welcome; if you would like to attend, please contact Kirsten Etheridge (16035461 (at) to book your place. Coffee and tea will be provided, and there are catering outlets on campus for lunch.


09:30 – 10.00 Registration, tea and coffee

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome from Dr Dai Griffiths of the Popular Music Research Unit

10.15 – 11.15 Papers (Chair: Dr Dai Griffiths):

Jacob Bird (University of Oxford): Becoming (S)He: Drag Lip-Sync Performance

Joe Turner (Oxford Brookes University): One Man Metal: Authenticity and the Romantic Genius in Black Metal

11.15 – 11:30 Tea and coffee

11.30 – 12.30 Papers (Chair: Dr Jan Butler (Oxford Brookes)):

Karlyn King (University of Birmingham): Vinyl Records Vs Digital Ephemera: Does the Medium of Music Matter?

Olivia Gable (Open University): ‘Emerging’ Popular Musicians and the Value of Public Funding

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch (we will walk over to the main campus John Henry Brookes Building)

2:00 – 3:30 Panel:

Syncing: Why is it Such a Big Part of the Music Industry Now?

Angela Penhaligon (freelance music supervisor and producer)
Dr Freya Jarman (University of Liverpool)
Dr Catherine Haworth (University of Huddersfield)

3:30 – 3.45 Tea and coffee

3.45 – 4.30 Current work of the Popular Music Research Unit with Dr Dai Griffiths

4.30 Adjournment to the pub for informal discussion

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