I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of London, SOAS (School of Oriental & African Studies), under the supervision of Prof. Keith Howard in the Music Department. My research explores the social and musical dimensions of jew’s harp revival communities that have been developing worldwide since the late twentieth century at festivals as well as online. My work is based on ethnographic fieldwork in the jew’s harp communities of Norway, Austria, and Sicily, as well as research in museums and archives and analysis of online interaction. I use the jew’s harp revival to explore current issues including the safeguarding of cultural heritage, the redefinition of musical styles, canons, and instruments in response to globalization, and the negotiation of identity and community in the digital age. My doctoral research is supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and a SOAS Research Scholarship.

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Ph.D. Dissertation
Speaking in Tongues: Music, Identity, and Representation in Jew’s Harp Communities (expected early 2017).

MA Thesis
Morgan, Deirdre. "Organs and bodies: The Jew’s harp and the anthropology of musical instruments". (University of British Columbia, 2008).

Conference Presentations

"Rustic Chivalry: Heroes, Outlaws, and the Sicilian Marranzano." Society for Ethnomusicology, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C., November 10-13, 2016.

"The Anatomy of Style: Playing Technique as Musical Artifact." American Musicological Society, Popular Music Study Group, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, November 3-6, 2016.

"Speaking in Tongues: A multi-sited 'insider' ethnography of the international jew’s harp revival." Institute for Musical Research, "Researching Music: Interviewing, Ethnography, and Oral History", Senate House, London, June 6, 2016.

"'The Death of the Drone': The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the Maultrommel in Central Europe." British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Historic Dockyards, Chatham, April 14-17, 2016.

"'The Death of the Drone': The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the Maultrommel in Central Europe." Society for Ethnomusicology, The Hilton, Austin, Texas, December 3-6, 2015.

"Hidden Creators: The role of blacksmiths in the international Jew’s harp revival.” International Council for Traditional Music, Kazakh National University of Arts, Astana, July 15 – 22, 2015.

"Revival/Continuation: Paradigms of transmission and boundaries of knowledge in the Norwegian munnharpe smithing tradition.” British Forum for Ethnomusicology & Société Française d’Ethnomusicologie, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, July 2 – 5, 2015.

"The imagined community incarnate: Virtual connectedness and co-presence in the international jew’s harp revival." Anthropology in London, University College London, June 15, 2015.

“The Norwegian munnharpe revival: A dialogue between material and intangible culture.” Horniman Museum & Royal Anthropological Institute, Horniman Museum and Gardens, London, March 26, 2015. 

“Cracking the Code: The role of archival recordings in the revival of the Norwegian munnharpe.” Society for Ethnomusicology, Wyndham Grand Downtown Hotel, Pittsburgh, November 13, 2014.

“Excavating Heritage: The Jew’s harp revivals of Norway, Austria, and Sicily.” International Study Group on Music Archaeology 9th symposium, “Sound – Object – Culture – History”, Ethnological Museum, Berlin, September 13, 2014.

“Breathing Life to Iron: Audio recordings and the (re)making of the Jew’s harp virtuoso.” British Forum for Ethnomusicology & Analytical Approaches to World Music conference, “Analysis, Cognition, Ethnomusicology”, SOAS, University of London, July 1, 2014. 

“Harnessing Participation: Social media as living cultural archive in the international Jew’s harp community.” British Forum for Ethnomusicology and ICTM-Ireland joint conference, “Ethnomusicology in the Digital Age”, Queen’s University, Belfast. April 6, 2013.

“Hearing Balinese Genggong: the Jew’s harp and the anthropology of musical instruments.” British Forum for Ethnomusicology, “Making Sound Objects”, Pitt-Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. November 24, 2012. 

Research Interests

EthnomusicologyAnthropology of MusicEthnography, Applied EthnomusicologyAnthropology of the BodyMusic and identityMusicologyOrganologyMusical Instruments, Material Culture StudiesMusic analysisWorld Music PedagogyMusic EducationMusic PsychologyMusic and LanguageBreath - Body - VoiceBody in Performance, Participatory ResearchCultural MusicologyCultural AnthropologySociology of MusicOvertone Singing and HarmonicsVowel harmonyTranceShamanismDrone-Based MusicClowningPerformance As Research, FestivalizationPopular Music StudiesSound archives, European StudiesEthnography (Research Methodology), Ethnographic MethodsDigital EthnographyEthnographic fieldworkFolk MusicFolk Music RevivalsNorwegian folk musicTraditional MusicArts Administration (Specializing In Music)Ethnographic FilmJew's HarpJaw HarpMouth harpVarganKhomusMaultrommelMunnharpe,ScacciapensieriMarranzanoBrumle,DorombDan Moi, GenggongSicilyAustria, and Norway