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Dr Caroline Bithell - personal details

Contact details

Role: Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology

Tel: 0161 275-3346

Location: Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama-SU.06
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Caroline Bithell teaches a range of course-units in Ethnomusicology and World Music. With an academic background in music, social anthropology, and modern and medieval languages, she holds degrees from the universities of Oxford and Wales. Before taking up her present post in 2005, she held a lecturing post at the University of Wales, Bangor.

Caroline is best known in the ethnomusicology world and beyond for her publications on Corsican music. Her book Transported by Song: Corsican Voices from Oral Tradition to World Stage (2007) was given a 5-star review by Songlines (the UK's flagship world music magazine), as well as being positively reviewed in the academic press. Her latest research has taken her to the Caucasus and West Africa. She has recently completed two new book-length projects. The thirty chapters that make up The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival (co-edited with Juniper Hill) appeared on Oxford Handbooks Online in 2013, with the print volume following in 2014.  Her monograph A Different Voice, A Different Song: Reclaiming Community through the Natural Voice and World Song (likewise with OUP) also appeared in 2014.

Caroline has served terms as Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and editor of the journal Ethnomusicology Forum and is active in the community music world as a voice practitioner and workshop leader.

 Academic and Professional Profile:

  • BA and MA University of Oxford
  • PhD University of Wales
  • Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (Wales)
  • Member of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Society for Ethnomusicology, International Council for Traditional Music, Royal Anthropological Institute, Sound Sense, and the Natural Voice Practitioners' Network