Being Edinburgh: Vote for Tom Western
From Sonia Mullineux on February 28th, 2020
Tom Western is a music researcher and ethnographer, whose work explores the relations between sound, borders, displacements and citizenships. He has worked in Greece since 2016 on a number of collaborative humanitarian and activist projects.
As a core team member of the Syrian and Greek Youth Forum, a citizens group based in Athens, Tom co-founded the Active Citizens Sound Archive, which contains recordings of political inclusion activities: songs and speeches; performances and protests; everyday activisms. He ran music workshops at a refugee community centre throughout 2017, and continues to play music with various ensembles of musicians from Syria, Greece, and all around the Eastern Mediterranean, performing at events across Greece.
Since joining the University of Oslo in 2019, Tom is furthering his work on sonic citizenship. This year he is producing a six-part radio series called ‘Don't Call Us Refugees!’ and has been selected as a resident artist in the Onassis Cultural Foundation project ‘The City Talks Back’. He has several articles and book chapters forthcoming in 2020. His first book, National Phonography, based on his Edinburgh doctoral research project, is coming out in 2021.
Edinburgh education: PhD Music, 2015. MMus Musicology, 2010.
Current position: Marie Curie Research Fellow, Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo.