Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to announce that Professor Tina K. Ramnarine will be our keynote speaker. 


Tina K. Ramnarine is a musician, anthropologist and global cultural explorer. She has held academic appointments in Music and in Anthropology and is currently Professor of Music at Royal Holloway University of London. Her research is based on social theory, performance skills and multi-sited fieldwork. She has published widely, including the books Creating Their Own Space: The Development of an Indian-Caribbean Musical Tradition (University of West Indies Press, 2001), Ilmatar’s Inspirations: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Changing Soundscapes of Finnish Folk Music (Chicago University Press, 2003), Beautiful Cosmos: Performance and Belonging in the Caribbean Diaspora (Pluto Press, 2007), and the edited collections Musical Performance in the Diaspora (Routledge, 2007) and Global Perspectives on Orchestras: Essays on Collective Creativity and Social Agency (Oxford University Press, in press). Various external roles have included UK representative for the International Council for Traditional Music, Executive Board of Directors member for the Society for Ethnomusicology, Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, co-editor of the journal Ethnomusicology Forum, member of the UK QAA Benchmark Panel for Anthropology, and Chair of the Academy of Finland’s Musicology Panel. She created and directed a prize-winning cross-community performance project in Anthropology in Northern Ireland and was an Associate Director of the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice. Currently, she is a member of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Ethnomusicology Committee, an Associate Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and an advisor for African Musicology Online, as well as for several other international institutions.