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Marion Smith

Music and gender, music facilitation, accessibility, queer theory

Marion is a musician, music facilitator and postgraduate Ethnomusicology researcher based in South Manchester. She is the project coordinator for Mapping Migrant Voices, as well as a member of the research team. Having lived in Manchester throughout her academic career so far, Marion's research interests overlap in relation to musical communities and practices in the city. This is informed by her work in music facilitation, working in a musical capacity with refugees and asylum seekers, incarcerated individuals and children with Special Educational Needs. Her current dissertation project focuses on the function of music in drag and ballroom culture in the UK, using Manchester as a case study for fieldwork. Her other research interests include musical representations in Bollywood film song, and the role of transcription in (Ethno)musicology. Although she initially began her music studies as a classically trained viola player, Marion also plays fiddle, guitar and sings in Irish Trad and folk sessions, and has more recently begun playing in Indian-Western Classical fusion ensembles. She is fascinated by the practice of performing different music(s), and is continually excited to be learning more about other people’s musical lives.