I’m Aileen Dillane and I’m a musician, ethnomusicologist, writer and academic.
Teibí is the Irish word for ‘abstract’ and what you’ll find in these pages is distilled information about my work, research, and performing interests, as well as some other random things. My twitter handle is @aileen_dillane.
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I’m part of an interdisciplinary research cluster (founding member) called LimerickSoundscapes. We’re currently made up of ethnomusicologists, urban sociologists, and sound interaction design specialists. Some of our project work can be found here. We ran a conference in March 2014 called ‘Urban Soundscapes and Critical Citizenship’. Publications on this work include the 2015 Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, 2 (1 & 2) special section/edition. A few more related works are coming out this year (see my publications section). My colleague in MIC, Tony Langlois, and I have been working with students in the National Learning Network and with Men’s Shed on King’s Island on a new tranche of recordings which we hope to upload soon. We’re also working on developing university modules to help build a support team around this applied project, including this seminar to MA in Sociology students in UL which outlines aspects of the project.
I teach ethnomusicology at the Irish World Academy. At the undergrad level, students learn the basics and how to do fieldwork ethically. At MA level, we study the history of the discipline, key concepts, fieldwork methods and ethnography, contemporary theoretical issues, and world, popular, and vernacular musics. There are plenty of practical components too, from weekly music ensemble to solo instrumental/vocal tuition in Irish/celtic musics. Final projects are either full dissertations or half dissertation half performance or ethnographic film, etc. You can read more about the programme here.
If you want to hear a little more about my work in ethnomusicology, I did a short podcast for the Irish Humanities Alliance which can be found here.
In Sept 2015 my colleague Colin Quigley and I hosted the first ever joint forum between two of the largest ethnomusicological societies – SEM (Society for Ethnomusicology) and ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music), as well as the 31st Annual ESEM (European Seminar in Ethnomusicology) conference. In July 2015, the Irish World Academy hosted the Bi-Annual ICTM World Conference.
I’m part of the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster @ UL, an interdisciplinary research group working on a variety of popular music and culture projects. Along with with my two PMPC colleagues Eoin Devereux and Martin Power, we are currently developing a new project ’Musically Mapping Limerick’ or L-Pop for short. As well as documenting and curating memorabilia and interviewing musicians, fans, venue owners, promoters, etc, about the local music scene past and present in the city, we are also going to track national and international solo/band visits to Limerick and find ways to mark all of these sites across the cityscape, physically and virtually. We intend to create a map that could be used by tourists and locals alike, and eventually, find a dedicated, interactive space where the rich music heritage of Limerick now and into the future may be celebrated on a permanent basis.
We’ve staged events and published Morrissey, Riot Grrl, and Bowie (dealing with fandom, counter-hegemonic stances on class and gender issues, and performance, embodiment and critical, creative processes). Our most recent book publication is (2015 and 2016): David Bowie: Critical Perspectives with Routledge. We’ve a couple of more books on the way, including Songs of Social Protest and one on Joy Division.
Previous events held include:
- 2015 Atrocity Exhibition: A Symposium on Joy Division, Popular Music, Popular Culture Research Cluster @ UL. University of Limerick, 25th- 26th Nov.
- 2015 Songs of Social Protest, Popular Music, Popular Culture Research Cluster @ UL and Power Discourse and Society Research Cluster @ UL, University of Limerick, 28th Apr- 1st May
- 2013 – Riot Grrrl. A One-Day Symposium on Women and Rock, with the Dept. of Sociology, University of Limerick. Apr 16th.
- 2012 – David Bowie: A Three-Day Symposium on David Bowie, with the Dept. of Sociology, University of Limerick, Oct 26th-28th.
- 2011 – Morrissey: Fandom, Representations, Identities. Special Event and Book Launch, UL. 20th Sept. With UK Launch. Manchester, Oct 7th.
- 2009 – The Songs that Saved your Life Again: A Two-Day Symposium on Morrissey, with the Dept. of Sociology, University of Limerick, Apr 24th-25th.
I’m also part of a research cluster in University of Limerick called Power, Discourse and Society @ UL. We’ve an associated book series and a 2016 publication, following on from our 2014 conference ‘In the Frame: Public and Political Discourses of Migration’
Sometimes in the amazing ignorance I hear things and see things
I never knew I saw and heard before
Sometimes in the ignorance
I feel the meaning
Invincible invisible wisdom,
And I commune with intuitive instinct
With the force that made life be
And since it made life be
It is greater than life
And since it let extinction be
It is greater than extinction.
I commune with feelings more than
For there is nothing else to ask for
That companionship is
And it is superior to any other is.
Sometimes in my amazing ignorance
Others see me only as they care to see
I am to them as they think
According the standard I should not be
And that is the difference between I and them
Because I see them as they are to is
And not the seeming isness of the was.