Ms Stephanie Vos

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Stephanie completed her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London in August 2016. Following her undergraduate and masters degrees at Stellenbosch University, she was a lecturer in musicology at the University of South Africa for two years. During this time, she convened two symposia on Music and Exile (2010 and 2011) in partnership with the Goethe Institut, Johannesburg. Her disciplinary interests has broadened from historical musicology in her masters’ degree to ethnomusicology and jazz studies in her doctoral research. Her PhD engaged with discourses of exile in South African jazz and popular music of the 1960s, with a particular focus on the early career of Abdullah Ibrahim.


Stephanie has presented her research at a number of conferences, including the annual conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology (Pittsburgh, 2014), the Hearing Landscape Critically conference (Harvard, 2015), the Doctoral Workshop in Ethnomusicology (Hildesheim, 2014) and the annual conferences of the South African Society for Research in Music (2008, 2009 and 2016). In 2015, she organised film screenings of the Aryan Kaganof’s documentary An Inconsolable Memory in London as part of the Inside Out Festival (an initiative of The Cultural Capital Exchange) and the Being Human Festival of the Humanities (a project of the University of London). In a teaching capacity, she has lectured and tutored various courses in world music, sociology of music, critical musicology and analysis, and was a recipient of Royal Holloway’s Team Teaching Prize in 2013.

Research interests

South African jazz and popular music

Exile and African diaspora

Jazz as global practice

South African music, society and politics

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