Áine Mangaoang

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Áine Mangaoang is a musicologist interested in how music is used, experienced and mediated in everyday life, particularly by those on the margins of society. She received her PhD in Music from the University of Liverpool, and before joining the University of Oslo as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Áine held academic posts at Listaháskóli Islands (Iceland University of the Arts), the Institute of Popular Music, Dublin City University, and University College Cork. 

She is currently Principal Investigator for the three-year project Prisons of Note: Mapping music and nuances in penal exceptionalism from the periphery funded by the Norwegian Research Council's Young Researcher Talent Award. Drawing from fieldwork in Norway, Iceland and the Republic of Ireland, the project examines the ways music is used – and is useful – in prison. 

Áine's first monograph Dangerous Mediations (Bloomsbury 2019) asks broader questions about the use of music as a form of discipline in the digital era, and received the 2021 IASPM-US Woody Guthrie Award. Her second book, Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music (with John O'Flynn & Lonán Ó Briain, Routledge 2021) is the first comprehensive introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary Irish popular music. Current writing projects include an edited collection on music and soundscapes in prison, essays on audiovisuality, popular music and d/Deaf culture, and articles on music and identity among Irish diasporic communities. 

Teaching & Supervision

Áine has served as course convenor for MUS2531 / MUS4531 Music and Media, and MUS4501 Aktuell musikkvitenskap "Popular Music & Dust: Archives, Memory, Heritage, Historiography" -- a collaborative course taught in partnership with the popular music archive in Nasjonabiblioteket (the National Library of Norway). She teaches on the following other courses: MUS2605 - Populærmusikkstudier (Popular Music Studies)MUS2445 - Musikkens historie (Music history) and MUS4661: Nordic Music Histories, Genres, and Identities.

Áine has supervised Master's dissertations on ethnomusicology, popular music and media, and music heritage topics. She has served as supervisor and external examiner for graduate student theses on audiovisual media, app albums, popular music and politics, music and digital cultures. She is happy to hear from prospective Master and PhD students interested in researching any of these or related areas. 

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. Full text in Research Archive
  • 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.

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  • Mangaoang, Áine (2022). Prisons of Note: Mapping music in prisons from the periphery (Keynote address).
  • Mangaoang, Áine Ryan (2021). Music in Norwegian Prisons.
  • 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.

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Published Oct. 4, 2016 8:01 PM - Last modified Sep. 27, 2022 2:51 PM