Queen's University

Faculty Research Spotlight:

Dr. Kip Pegley

Associate Professor and Queen's National Scholar of Music

Email: pegleyk@queensu.ca

B.Mus. (Dalhousie), M.A. (York), Ph.D. (York)

I joined the Dan School of Drama and Music (previously the School of Music) faculty as a Queen's National Scholar in 2002 after earning a Bachelor degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax (music education) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from York University (ethnomusicology/ musicology).

My research lies at the intersections of popular music, visual culture and critical theory. My book, Coming to You Wherever You Are: MuchMusic, MTV and Youth Identities was published in 2008. More recently I co-edited (with Susan Fast, McMaster University) a volume of essays entitled Music, Violence and Politics (Wesleyan University Press, 2012). This work examines the role of music in both advancing and opposing a range of 20th and 21st-century  political conflicts.

Elsewhere I've published book chapters on MuchMusic, MTV and nation-bound imagined communities in Medium Cool: Music Videos from Soundies to Cell Phones (Duke University Press, 2007), on music, mourning and American nationhood in Music in the Post-9/11 World (Routledge, 2007, with Susan Fast), and a chapter on the politics of Canadian benefit concerts in Music and Television:  Channels of Listening (Routledge, 2011). I've also written for The Journal of Popular Music Studies, Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, Canadian University Music Review, and the Canadian Journal for Traditional Music

In 2011 I launched a research program funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to explore how music helps shape discourses about and representations of Canada’s role in international conflict, including the ways music is used in mass-mediated texts to depict Canadian combatants. Articles stemming from this research include “Music, Memory, and Ideology at the Canadian War Museum” (Echo: A Music-Centered Journal, 2012), and “Music in theatre and post deployment: re-evaluating the therapeutic benefits of sound” (Journal of  Military, Veteran and Family Health, 2015).

In addition to my research activities, I've served on the board for GEMS (Gender, Education, Music, Society), a theoretical online journal designed to explore gender-specific issues within educational curricula and practice.

I am cross-appointed to The Department of Film and Media, The Department of Gender Studies, The Cultural Studies Program, and The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research.

Faculty Research Spotlight:

Dr. Gordon Smith


Vice Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science, and Professor of Ethnomusicology and Musicology

PhD Musicology, University of Toronto

Dr. Smith’s research focuses on historic and current issues of representation in Canadian ethnomusicology. He has published articles and reviews in various journals, including The Canadian University Music Review, World of Music, American Music, Ethnomusicology, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, Les Cahiers de la Société québécoise de la recherch en musique and The Canadian Journal for Traditional Music.

He was also the Editor of the Canadian Journal for Traditional Music from 2000-2006, oversaw the journal’s transformation to a fully peer-reviewed publication, MUSICultures, in 2007, and was its Editor until 2011. He is co-editor of the book, Istvan Anhalt: Pathways and Memory (2001), and also of Folk Music, Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology: Canadian Perspectives, Past and Present (2007), Around and About Marius Barbeau: Modelling Twentieth-Century Culture (2008), and Musical Traditions, Culture and Contexts (2010).

More recently, Dr. Smith was guest editor of Perspectives, People, and Places: Essays in Honour of Carl Morey, a theme issue of Intersections (Canadian Journal of Music/Revue canadienne de musique), which was published in 2015. His current research is focused on music in Indigenous contexts, with particular emphasis on intergenerational connections around music, resurgence and healing in Mikmaq communities in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. 

In 2016 Dr. Smith was the recipient of the 2016 SOCAN Foundation/MusCan Award of Excellence for the Advancement of Research in Canadian Music.