Gwendolen von Einsiedel

Research Interests

Ethnomusicology; anthropology; Louisiana; music of the South Gulf; zydeco; creolization; identity; multispecies ethnography; human-horse relationships; sound studies

Area of proposed thesis

Gwendolen is a doctoral candidate in Ethnomusicology at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford. Her research investigates how members of Southwest Louisiana’s Creole community use zydeco music and ‘trail riding’ to communicate a distinctive rural identity which undermines conventional associations between horses and elites and hip hop and urban or ‘street’ life.  At the centre of her research is the aim to understand the ways in which trail rides and the evolution of zydeco extends the notion of ‘cultural creolization’ to include non-human actors. Gwendolen is a recipient of a Global South Fellowship from the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University to support this research.

Gwendolen holds a MA (Hons) in Social Anthropology from The University of Edinburgh and a MA in Classical and Contemporary Performance from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Gwendolen has produced several audio-slideshows for the BBC online and is a regular host of The Nest Collective Hour on Resonance FM.



Global South Fellowship (Tulane University)

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