Staff at ICMUS engage in radical and wide-ranging research on music’s textual forms and their relations to broader cultural, social and political patterns. This research is always cognizant of the fact that music has always been a key part of the everyday, has shaped our lives (sometimes imperceptibly) and has had (and continues to have) a profound impact on our sense of self and our ability to understand that self's relation to our environment. Scholars at ICMuS have published widely in this area, but have particular strengths in music history and historiography (medieval, early modern, nineteenth- and twentieth-century musics), music and gender, music analysis, music and politics, music and psychoanalysis, listening ecologies of modernity and postmodernity, and popular and vernacular musics of all kinds. Our staff undertake research in musics from Western Europe (Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy), North America, Latin America, Africa (Tunisia, South Africa and the Congos) and the Caribbean and do so from a range of methodological perspectives drawn from ethnomusicology, cultural history, music analysis, continental philosophy and cultural studies. In line with this methodological diversity, ICMuS hosts the online journal Radical Musicology the mission of which is to 'democratise the field of the permissible' within musicology as a discipline.
Recent research activity in musicology has focused on the following topics (see also the projects page):
Other recent research activities have also included work in the following areas: