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 previously directed the European Research Council funded research programme, ‘Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies’ (MusDig).

The MusDig website is here:

DPhil and Masters students

I am keen to attract DPhil and Masters students to work ethnographically and theoretically at the intersection of Music, Anthropology and Sound Studies. I am particularly interested in continuing 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, Jaana Serres), the influence of digital vocal production technologies in the recording studio in mainstream pop (Angharad Thomas), and the nature of and relationship between online and offline Japanese fandom for J-pop (Alice Rose Kelly). 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, including in the global South: from record labels, festivals, arts organisations and collectives to universities and conservatories. Finally, I am open to students wanting to work on sound and sound art from critical ethnographic perspectives. Please write to me, sending a CV and a one-page outline initially, to propose a research project in these very broad areas. Please note that since I am a few years away from retiring, I have to be selective when taking on new graduate students.


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

Tel.: +44 (0)1865 286079