Ms Katie Young

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Personal profile

Current E-mail Address:  katie.liz.young@gmail.com (active from 1st May 2019 onward)

 

PhD Thesis: "Hindi Film Songs and Musical Life in Tamale, Northern Ghana, 1957-Present." Awarded in 2019.

 

Educational Background

PhD in Ethnomusicology, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2015-2019

Master’s in Ethnomusicology, University of Toronto, 2012-2014

Bachelor of Arts in Music and History, Queen’s University, 2008-2012

 

Research Interests

My doctoral thesis explores the influence of Hindi film songs in Tamale, Northern Ghana from the mid-twentieth century to present. I show how Hindi film songs are situated within discourses of gender, religiosity, and morality in the city. To do so, I follow the historical and contemporary ways that these songs have been adapted and repurposed in a variety of contexts in daily life, including their continued use as film song melodies in the Dagbani film industry, as lullabies and work songs in the domestic sphere, and as praise songs in Tijani Islamic school mawlid performances. This thesis further contributes to the study of the transnational circulation of Hindi film songs, charting patterns of distribution and exhibition of Hindi films throughout Ghana. I examine histories of Lebanese, Syrian, and Sindhi film distributors and cinema owners who made Hindi films widely available in the country. 

I am interested in the study of music, media, and the performing arts in West Africa. At present, my research is concerned with the ways that mobile phones shape Islamic soundscapes in majority Muslim West African cities and neighbourhoods. I am also interested in the preservation of tape cassettes as a valuable historical source in West Africa.

Teaching

2018-2019

Teaching Assistant for Music, Media, and Technology (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Teaching Assistant for Introduction to World Music (Royal Holloway, University of London)

2016-2017

Teaching Assistant for Studies in Ethnomusicology (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Seminar Leader for Geopolitics of Film (Royal Holloway, University of London)

2015-2016

Teaching Assistant for Studies in Ethnomusicology (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Seminar Leader for Geopolitics of Film (Royal Holloway, University of London)

2013-2014

Grading Assistant for The Beatles (University of Toronto)

Grading Assistant for Music and Film (Ryerson University)

2012-2013

Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Music and Society (University of Toronto)

Grading Assistant for Music, Media and Technology ( University of Toronto)

2011-2012

Grading Assistant for Music and Society (Queen's University)

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