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    Ethnomusicology; flamenco and Spanish music (historical and contemporary); diaspora studies; music and nationalism; music and postcolonial studies; heritage studies

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    Personal profile


    Matthew Machin-Autenrieth is Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Aberdeen (from July 2020) and the Principal Investigator for the European Research Council-funded project ‘Past and Present Musical Encounters across the Strait of Gibraltar’ (2018–23). Matthew completed his Masters and PhD in Ethnomusicology at Cardiff University. Following his studies, Matthew was appointed as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2014–17) and then continued at Cambridge as a Senior Research Associate (2018–2020). He has taught ethnomusicology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University and the University of Plymouth. Matthew welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students working in areas related to his research interests.

    Research Profile

    Matthew’s research spans three main areas: the relationship between music and regional identity in nation states; heritage studies; and music, diaspora and postcolonial studies. His doctoral research examined the relationship between flamenco, regionalism and heritage in Andalusia. Based on extensive fieldwork and engagement with political geography, the thesis explored how flamenco has been ‘regionalised’ as an emblem of Andalusian identity and the ways in which this process has been received by flamenco communities, most notably in the city of Granada. This research was published in the monograph Flamenco, Regionalism and Musical Heritage in Southern Spain (Routledge).

    Grants & Awards

    Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2014–2018)

    European Research Council Starting Grant (2018–2023)

    Research Keywords:

    Spanish music; flamenco; Arab-Andalusian music; bell ringing; ethnomusicology; diaspora studies; postcolonial studies; music and nationalism; music and heritage studies; sound studies  

    Education/Academic qualification

    Arts & Social Sciences, PhD, Cardiff University

    External positions

    Affiliated Research Associate , University of Cambridge

    1 Jul 202030 Mar 2023

    Area of Expertise

    • Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies


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