Professor Georgina Born

Professor of Music and Anthropology; Professorial Fellow, Mansfield College



Anthropology and sociology of music, culture and (digital) media; music in the late 20th and 21st centuries; music and mediation; social and cultural theory; ethnography; cultural production; cultural institutions; public service broadcasting, television, cultural and media policy; interdisciplinarity.

Professor Born directs the European Research Council funded research programme, Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies (MusDig). The MusDig website is here:

The MusDig website is here:

DPhil and Masters students

I am keen to attract DPhil and Masters students to work ethnographically at the intersection of Music and Anthropology, and particularly to continue the MusDig programme’s legacy (see above) of researching the influence of digital media and digitization on music today around the world. Current DPhil students are examining the politics, economics and social networks of African digital music scenes (Pablo Infante-Amate) and, comparatively, the politics, economics and socialities engendered by music’s online circulation via Spotify and an extra-legal music platform (Blake Durham). I am also keen to supervise DPhil and Masters students working on the variety of institutional forms by which music is produced and circulated today, also in the global South: from record labels, festivals and collectives to universities and conservatories. Please write to me, sending a CV and a one page outline initially, to propose a research project in these very broad areas.


Professor Georgina Born
Faculty of Music,
St Aldate’s,
Oxford OX1 1DB

Tel.: +44 (0)1865 286079