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DkIT Academic’s Research is in Tune

23 January 2023

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) were delighted to report that two of their PhD students, Leandro Pessina and Darren Culliney have recently had a paper published in The Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) publication. Their paper which is called Entering a ‘Third Space’ Through Collaborative Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology is a fantastic example of research alliance in DkIT between two of the Institute’s music researchers. 



Dr Daithí Kearney, Co-Director of the Centre for Creative Arts Research said, ‘This is a significant publication for postgraduate students embarking on research projects in the Creative Arts Research Centre at DkIT. It is a great example of the potential for collaboration amongst the growing community of researchers in Music.’ 

The Society for Ethnomusicology is a U.S.-based organization with an international membership of approximately 1,800 individuals dedicated to the study of all forms of music from diverse humanistic and social scientific perspectives. As a network of scholars, educators, students, musicians, activists, curators, and other professionals that reaches across countries, disciplines, and institutions, SEM serves as an inclusive forum for the exchange of knowledge about the world’s music and for advocacy on behalf of musicians and their communities. 

This recently published paper draws on the experiences of DkIT’s two researchers and is informed by their complementary academic theories within ethnomusicology and tourism. The two co-authors embody different positionalities. Darren Culliney is a traditional Irish musician from County Longford in Ireland, who has grown up playing Irish traditional music and is now undertaking doctoral research focusing on the button accordion in the Ulster province of Ireland. Leandro Pessina is an Italian flute player with limited experience with Irish traditional music, who is now undertaking doctoral studies on music tourism in County Louth. In the summer of 2022, the two researchers attended two of the main music-related festivals in Ireland, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.  

Leandro Pessina said

During last summer, Darren and I attended two different festivals dedicated to Irish traditional music (Willie Clancy Week and Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann). We went together because of fieldwork reasons which, according to our personal research, were slightly different but related to the common interest about Irish music. However, the fact of being together allowed us to inform each other about reflections we probably would not have realized if we were alone. Considering this, our common supervisor (Dr D. Kearney) proposed us to submit a small article to SEM student news, and our manuscript was accepted. This occurred in August. Then, we passed through several peer reviews until the last one, a couple of weeks ago.’ 

Leandro Pessina is supported by the Irish Research Council and Darren is a TUTF scholarship holder, both researchers are being supervised by Dr Daithi Kearney. 

Darren and Leandro would like to acknowledge the assistance of our supervisors, Dr. Daithí Kearney (DkIT), Dr. Verena Commins (University of Galway), and Dr. Ioannis Tsioulakis (QUB) in the development of this article. We also received support from the Creative Arts Research Centre at DkIT. 

Read the paper 

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