Áine Mangaoang

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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PhD Music (2015), University of Liverpool, UK

MA Music & Cultural History (2009), University College Cork, Ireland 

Previously held academic posts at Listaháskóli Islands | Iceland University of the Arts, the Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool (UK), Dublin City University, and University College Cork (Ireland).

Current Research

My work is concerned with how music is used, experienced and mediated in everyday life, particularly by those on the margins of society. My current project Prisons of Note, aims to map the use, experience, and circumstance surrounding popular music in places of detention. Starting in Norway, this project uses mixed methodologies to gain insight into the complexities of establishing -- and maintaining -- music initiatives in contemporary state institutions.  

My first monograph Dangerous Mediations: YouTube, Pop Music, and Power in a Philippine Prison Video (New York: Bloomsbury Academic 2019) and related peer-reviewed articles in Postcolonial Text and Torture ask broader questions about the use of music as a form of discipline in the digital era, and challenges notions of music as an inherently positive force. 

My research on popular music, sound, and place has been published in the Journal of World Popular Music, the Mapping Popular Music in Dublin Executive Report and the research-informed Dublin Music Map. My most recent book, Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music (Routledge (Global Popular Music Series), 2020) is the first comprehensive introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary Irish popular music, co-edited with John O'Flynn (Dublin City University) and Lonán Ó Briain (University of Nottingham). 

Teaching & Supervision

I am course convenor for MUS2531MUS4531 Music and Media (Vår 2017 og 2018), and MUS4501 Aktuell musikkvitenskap "Popular Music & Dust: Archives, Memory, Heritage, Historiography" -- a new collaborative course taught in partnership with the popular music archive in Nasjonabiblioteket (the National Library of Norway) (Høst 2017). I lecture on the following courses: MUS2605 - Populærmusikkstudier (Popular Music Studies)MUS2445 - Musikkens historie (Music history) and MUS4661: Nordic Music Histories, Genres, and Identities.

Current and recently completed Master supervision projects include ethnomusicology, popular music and media, and folk music heritage. I have supervised Master and Bachelor students working on topics including: audiovisual media, app albums, popular music and politics, music and digital cultures. I'm happy to hear from prospective Master and PhD students interested in researching any of these areas. 

Additional Projects 

I was postdoctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded Music and Stories from the Archives project at the Popular Music Archive. Working closely with Prof. Sara Cohen (PI) University of Liverpool, this research and public-engagement project examined popular music materiality, and culminated in a curated public exhibition of music memorabilia at the Open Eye Gallery. I directed and produced a short documentary film Music, Photographs and Stories from the Archives that captured musical memories inspired by the archives. 

I have life-long interests in community music, music as social integration, and inclusive music education, with a focus on music among Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. My research on popular music, sign-language videos, and online fandom appears in Beyoncé Knowles (Indiana University Press, 2021). I am the author of two reports on the Sing Out with Strings music project, commissioned the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Tags: Music and Media, Musicology, Media, Popular Music, Cultural history, Ethnomusicology, Music and Society, Music History, Nordic, Social media


  • Mangaoang, Áine (2022). Shakespear's Sister, "Stay"(1992). In Hill, Sarah (Eds.), One-Hit Wonders: An Oblique History of Popular Music. Bloomsbury. ISSN 9781501368417.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2021). “A reward rather than a right”: Facilitators’ perspectives on the place of music in Norwegian prison exceptionalism. Musicae Scientiae. ISSN 1029-8649.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2020). "I See Music": Beyoncé, YouTube, and the Question of Signed-Songs. In Marshall, Melanie L. & Iddon, Martin (Ed.), Beyoncé: At Work, On Screen, and Online. Indiana University Press. ISSN 9780253052841. p. 189–225.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2020). Scenes and Networks. In Mangaoang, Áine (Eds.), Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music. Routledge. ISSN 9781138336032. p. 169–172.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2020). Songs of Love: A Conversation with Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy). In Mangaoang, Áine (Eds.), Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music. Routledge. ISSN 9781138336032. p. 248–262.
  • Mangaoang, Áine; O'Flynn, John & Ó Briain, Lonán (2020). Popular Music in Ireland: Mapping the Field. In Mangaoang, Áine (Eds.), Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music. Routledge. ISSN 9781138336032. p. 1–16.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2019). Music and Tourism. In Buckley, John & O'Flynn, John (Ed.), Ceol Phádraig: Music at St Patrick's College Drumcondra, 1875-2016. Peter Lang Publishing Group. ISSN 978-1-78997-622-9. p. 205–222. doi: https%3A/doi.org/10.3726/b16407.
  • O'Flynn, John & Mangaoang, Áine (2019). Sounding Dublin: Mapping Popular Music Experience in the City. Journal of World Popular Music. ISSN 2052-4900. 6(1), p. 32–61. doi: 10.1558/jwpm.34372.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2018). 'Here Lies Love' and the Politics of Disco-Opera. In Scotto, Ciro; Smith, Kenneth M. & Brackett, John (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Popular Music Analysis: Expanding Approaches. Routledge. ISSN 9781138683112. p. 347–363. doi: 10.4324/9781315544700-24.

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  • Mangaoang, Áine (2022). Prisons of Note: Mapping music in prisons from the periphery (Keynote address).
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2021). Mapping music and nuances in penal exceptionalism from the periphery.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2021). Singing Restorative Justice: Norwegian Prison Music Exceptionalism?
  • Mangaoang, Áine; O'Flynn, John & Ó Briain, Lonán (2020). Made in Ireland booklaunch.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2020). Creative freedom? The place of music in Norwegian prisons.
  • Mangaoang, Áine & Western, Thomas James (2020). Music, Sound, and Power in Contemporary Places of Detention .
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2020). Music, Sound, and Power in Contemporary Places of Detention: Ethno-Activist Approaches in Ireland, Greece, Norway (panel).
  • Mangaoang, Áine; O'Flynn, John; Ó Briain, Lonán; Jones, Jaime & Dillane, Aileen (2020). Made in Ireland: Notes from a small island (panel).
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2020). Retromania? Problematizing Popular Music Heritage Futures.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2020). Music video on the margins: Performing citizenship on YouTube.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2020). "Listen to the song here in my heart”: Beyoncé, YouTube and Signed Songs.
  • Jones, Ellis Nathaniel; Mangaoang, Áine & de Boise, Sam (2020). Panel discussion: online participatory music cultures today.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2019). Soundscapes of Utopia: The Place of Music in Norwegian Prisons.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2019). Hearing Halden: A Case Against Nordic Prison Exceptionalism.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2019). Book Presentation.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2019). Dangerous Mediations.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2018). Arts in Detention (panel).
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2018). Sounding Contemporary Carceral Cultures.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2018). Music on the Margins.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2018). Music in prisons: International perspective.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2018). Permeable Bars.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2018). On songs and protest.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2018). Music and Prisons in Global Perspective (Public Policy Panel sponsored by the SEM board).
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2017). The Brief. [Internet]. Silent Frame: the art of discovery.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2017). Fanger måtte danse som Michael Jackson. [Internet]. Det humnistiske fakultet forskning, Universitetet i Oslo .
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2017). Prisons of Note: Nordic perspectives.
  • Mangaoang, Áine & O'Flynn, John (2017). Mapping the city margins? Popular Music experience, representation and memory.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2017). Critical Approaches to Music in Detention.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2017). Dangerous Mediations: Pop Music in a Philippine Prison.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2017). Prisons of Note.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2016). The Popular Music Archive at the Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool. [Radio]. Liverpool Jazz Radio Show, Liverpool Community Radio.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2016). "How Music Works: How to make Dublin a music city to be proud of" by Niall Byrne. [Newspaper]. The Irish Tmes.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2016). "What is the signature sound of Dublin city?" by Jim Carroll. [Newspaper]. The Irish Times.
  • Mangaoang, Áine & O'Flynn, John (2016). Dublin Music Map. DOI: 10.13140.
  • Mangaoang, Áine & O'Flynn, John (2016). Applying Digital, Ecological, and Experimental Methodologies to Fieldwork.
  • Mangaoang, Áine (2016). Towards a Public Musicology?
  • Mangaoang, Aine (2016). Popular Music Archive. [Radio]. BBC Radio Merseyside.
  • Mangaoang, Aine (2016). Music, Photographs & Stories from the Archives. [Internet]. Short Film .

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Published Oct. 4, 2016 8:01 PM - Last modified Nov. 4, 2020 3:47 PM