Dr Marion Leonard

Senior Lecturer Music

    Biography

    Personal Statement

    Marion Leonard is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music and member of the Institute of Popular Music. She is author of Gender in the Music Industry (Ashgate, 2007) and co-editor of The Beat Goes On: Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing City (Liverpool University Press, 2010) and Sites of Popular Music Heritage: Memories, Histories, Places (Routledge, 2014). She is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College, and formerly held the post of Membership Secretary and Treasurer of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) International Executive. For two years she worked on secondment to National Museums Liverpool as lead curator for The Beat Goes On, an exhibition about Merseyside's popular music history which was shown at World Museum Liverpool (July 2008 - November 2009). She has led a research project investigating the practical and theoretical issues involved with collecting and representing popular music in museums. The project, conducted in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and the V&A, was funded by the AHRC as part of the Beyond Text programme.

    Personal Distinctions

    • ‘Collection, interpretation and encounter' (Invitation to Speak, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge 2016)
    • KISMIF: DIY, Space and Places International Conference, (Keynote Speech, University of Porto 2016)
    • 'Gender in the Music Industries' (Keynote Speech, Nova Scotia Music Week 2015)
    • ‘Preserving the ephemeral: investigating popular music museum collections’ (Invitation to Speak, Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture, Erasmus University, Rotterdam 2015)
    • 'Displaying the intangible: popular music, materiality and the museum' (Invitation to Speak, School of Music, National University of Ireland, Maynooth 2013)
    • 'Curating popular music in the museum' (Invitation to Speak, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester 2011)
    • 'Museums, Popular Music and Inclusion in the Arts' (Invitation to Speak, University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein, Austria 2011)
    • 'Popular Music, Dialogic Collections and the Responsive Museum' (with Dr R Knifton) (Invitation to Speak, National Conservation Centre, Liverpool 2010)
    • 'Music, Heritage and Cities: Digital Archives' (Invitation to Speak, Unconvention, Salford 2010)
    • 'The place of popular music in the contemporary museum' (Plenary presentation) (International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) 2009)
    • ‘Feminism in the Counter-Culture: The Role of Gender in the Creative Industries' (Plenary speaker) (Invitation to Speak, Manchester 2008)

    Administrative Roles

    • Head of Undergraduate Studies
    • Department Disability and Dyslexia Contact

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