November in Maynooth

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Dr Áine Mangaoang, Maynooth University

Dr Áine Mangaoang was invited to discuss the #MPMiD project with final year undergraduates, postgraduates and faculty at Maynooth University Music Department’s Research Seminar series, Friday November 20, 2015. This talk focussed on the current state of affairs for popular music research in Ireland, and explored the more experimental methodologies utilised during this research project.

Many thanks to Dr Adrian Scahill and Dr Christopher Morris for the invitation, and to Dr Laura Watson for chairing the session.

On Saturday 21st November, Áine was part of a panel on “Digital Interaction and Museums”at the Virtual Heritage Network Ireland conference. It was fascinating to hear about other cultural heritage projects, and particularly the work of digital humanist, ethnomusicologist and web developer Patrick Egan at University College Cork, who is currently cataloguing and curating the Seán Ó Riada archive at UCC’s Boole Library.

Sharing the panel with archeologists, musicologists, and technologists, and expertly chaired by Dr Christine Morris (Trinity College Dublin), the panel ended with a discussion on the importance of failure as a research method.



European Fan Studies Conference, 12-13 November 2015


Dr John O‘Flynn, Head of Music at St Patrick’s Campus, and Dr Áine Mangaoang, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Music, St Patrick’s Campus, DCU, were invited to deliver a plenary Expert Session at the interdisciplinary European Fan Cultures Conference, at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam (12-13 November, 2015).

The conference brought together scholars from a wide range of disciplines (including media studies, musicology, sociology, psychology) who are interested in fan cultures and fan studies, and who investigate audiences, media, leisure, tourism, games and celebrities. Organised by Simone Driesson, Leonieke Bolderman, and Abby Waysdorf, the event was supported by the Fan Studies Network.

O’Flynn and Mangaoang’s co-presented talk covered their ongoing research, innovative participatory methodologies, and initial findings from ‘Mapping Popular Music in Dublin’: a 12-month Fáilte Ireland-funded research project that aims to map popular music experience in Dublin from the viewpoint of fans (citizens and tourists), musicians, and music industry personnel.

Click here to read a review of the conference by Dr Nicolle Lamerichs (Maastricht University).



Hard Working Class Heroes 2015


What: Mapping Popular Music in Dublin Drop-in Workshops
When: 2-4pm Friday October 2nd and Saturday 3rd 2015
Where: Rainsford Room, NDRC, Crane St, Dublin 8

We are delighted to announce Mapping Popular Music in Dublin workshops in partnership with the Hard Working Class Heroes Convention at the NDRC Dublin, October 2-3rd 2015. The convention features some fantastic sessions with leading labels and management folks, music video-makers, and journalists.

The convention starts at 10.30am Friday 2nd October, is free to attend and open to the public. Do drop in and say hello!

Facebook event page here. To see the full HWCH 2015 line-up that features , go here. To buy tickets, go here.


On The Record


Thanks to the Irish Time’s music journalist and critic Jim Carroll for featuring the Mapping Popular Music in Dublin project earlier this week on the On The Record blog (14.07.2015).

Áine cited Jim’s article “Just how many musicians live and work in Dublin” (06.02.2013) in a paper at the recent Society of Musicology Ireland annual plenary conference (12-14.06.2015). For a copy of this presentation, contact Áine at: aine.mangaoang[at]

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