Prof. Georgina Born PhD


Short CV/Education and training

  • Georgina Born is Professor of Music and Anthropology at the University of Oxford. She was previously Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Music, Dept. of Sociology, University of Cambridge (2006-10). She taught from 1998 to 2006 at Cambridge, as Lecturer and Reader in Sociology, Anthropology and Music. Before that she was Lecturer in Media at Goldsmiths College, University of London (1989-97). Professor Born is Honorary Professor of Anthropology at University College London, a Fellow of Yale University Center for Cultural Sociology, and an International Fellow of the Australian Sociological Association. She was a Fellow (and Director of Studies in Social and Political Sciences) of Emmanuel College Cambridge (1998-2006), Senior Research Fellow of Kings College Cambridge (1997-8), and Professorial Fellow of Girton College Cambridge (2008-10).

  • She researches contemporary music and media production, often in institutional form, and her work encompasses music, television, art-science and new media art. From 2010-15 she is directing the ERC-funded research programme Music, Digitization, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies. Two edited books – Music, Sound, and the Transformations of Public and Private Space (CUP), and Interdisciplinarity: Reconfigurations of the Social and Natural Sciences (Routledge, edited with Andrew Barry) – are forthcoming.

Selected publications

Books by Georgina Born:

  • Interdisciplinarity: Reconfigurations of the Social and Natural Sciences (ed. with Andrew Barry) (Routledge, forthcoming 2012).

  • Music, Sound, and Space: Transformations of Public and Private Experience (ed., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2012).

  • Uncertain Vision: Birt, Dyke and the Reinvention of the BBC (Vintage, 2005).

  • Western Music and its Others: Difference, Representation, and Appropriation in Music (ed. with David Hesmondhalgh, California, 2000).

  • Rationalizing Culture: IRCAM, Boulez and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde (California, 1995).


Selected projects

  • Prof. Born directs the six country research programme Music, Digitization, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies, funded between 2010 and 2015 by the European Research Council Advanced Investigator Scheme.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Prof. Born is a Panel Member and has acted as Deputy Chair of the European Research Council, Advanced Investigator Grants Expert Review Panel SH5: Cultures and Cultural Production (2008-12)

  • She was Chairman, Social Sciences and Humanities Expert Panel, Weiner Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds (WWTF), Vienna, Austria (2008-10).

  • She is an Associate Member of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, University of Cambridge.

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