Curating for Change: Simon Frith and Jo Haynes in a Keynote Conversation (Episode 5)

Curating for Change on CFRC 101.9 fm: Episode 5 of 5
Recorded: 14 October 2022
Initial broadcast: 27 October 2022



Simon Frith is Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh. He held, from 2006 to 2017, the Tovey Chair of Music. For much of his career, as both an academic and a journalist, he was engaged with the problems of taking popular music seriously. He was a founding member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and a founding editor of the journal, Popular Music. As a journalist he started out as an editor of the pioneering British rock magazine, Let It Rock, and became rock critic for both the Sunday Times and the Observer, as well as a music columnist for the New York Village Voice. He chaired the judges of the Mercury Music prize from 1992 until 2016, was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2011, and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to higher education and popular music.

Jo Haynes is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on the sociology of popular music, music festivals, ethnicity & race, diversities, cultural work and (digital) entrepreneurship. She has recently co-edited a volume called Remaking Culture and Music Spaces: Affects, Infrastructures, Futures, which is the culmination of research from a funded project on ‘European Music Festivals, Public Spaces and Cultural Diversity.’ She has also published a research monograph called Music, Difference and the Residue of Race and has published in leading journals including British Journal of Sociology and New Media & Society.