Professor Tina K. Ramnarine

Research interests


Tina K. Ramnarine is a musician, anthropologist and global cultural explorer. She is interested in the politics and economics of cultural practices, and in what music researchers can contribute to global issues such as climate change. Her interdisciplinary research lies at the intersections between the Humanities and the Social Sciences and it draws on social theory, performance and multi-sited ethnographic work. She has carried out extensive research across the Nordic countries, especially on Finnish and Saami music (e.g. contemporary folk music, Jean Sibelius, joik, rap, and Nils Aslak Valkeapää). She has also worked on Caribbean music (chutney, steel orchestras, transnational labour histories) and on music and film in the Indian Diaspora. Publications include 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 an edited volume Musical Performance in the Diaspora (Routledge, 2007). She researched orchestras around the world in terms of civil society, European Integration, postcolonial politics and digital technologies as an Associate Director of the AHRC Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice. This research was based on professional experiences as an orchestral musician. An edited volume (Global Perspectives on Orchestras: Essays on Collective Creativity and Social Agency) is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.


Currently, she is a member of the Royal Anthropological Institute's Ethnomusicology Committee and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas. She is an international advisory board member of the CWM and EZJM (universities of Hildesheim and Hanover), African Musicology Online and the School of Indian Film Music (Chennai). She is a former Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, co-editor of Ethnomusicology Forum, UK Representative on the International Council for Traditional Music, member of the Society for Ethnomusicology's Board of Directors (USA), and of the UK QAA benchmarking panel for Anthropology.


Her current doctoral research students are working on projects such as transmission and policies in UK conservatoires, South African jazz musicians in exile, music and sentiment in Vietnam, Western art music in India, music and economics in Greece, Congolese popular music, and music and politics in Uganda. Tina K. Ramnarine has been invited to share her research insights by giving talks, public lectures and keynote conference papers internationally, including across the Nordic countries, the Caribbean, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, India, UK, Canada and USA.




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