DR GRAEME COUNSELView on Find an Expert
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- African studies, cultural policy, ethnicity and identity (Mande diaspora, griots, West African musical traditions)
- Cultural Anthropology (Cultural festivals, Arts and cultural policy, Nationalism and identity)
- Cultural archives in Africa (National and local archives)
- Ethnomusicology (African and Trans-Atlantic musics, World Music)
Dr Graeme Counsel is a lecturer, subject coordinator and Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. His research and publications examine the nexus of music and politics, drawing from the disciplines of ethnomusicology, cultural studies and history. A focus of his research is music, culture and society in Africa, and his research interests also encompass trans-Atlantic and Asiatic cultures.
Dr Counsel's post-doctoral fieldwork includes over two years in West Africa undertaking applied research projects. From 2008 to 2013 he received three Major Research Project Awards through the British Library's Endangered Archives Programme which enabled the collection, preservation and archiving of the complete catalogue of the Syliphone recording label, the flagship of the Guinean recording industry. The project was exhibited at the National Museum of Guinea and presented to the Ministry of Culture et Patrimonie and the Ministry of Communication. It is currently on display at the Bibliotheque Nationale de Guinea. In recognition of his research and contribution to the preservation of national culture, the Guinean government awarded him their highest research honour, the gold medal of the Palme Academique en Or and a Diplome d'Honneur. His subsequent projects preserved, digitised and archived original studio recordings from Guinea's 1st Republic (1958-1984), held in the archives of Radio Television Guinea. In total, his archival projects span over 9,400 recordings containing over 50,000 minutes of music. Dr Counsel's archival collections are currently available at the Bibliotheque Nationale de Guinea, Radio Television Guinea, and online via the British Library Sounds website.
Dr Counsel has presented his academic research in a wide variety of fora. He was invited to present his paper, "Syliphone: The elephant that will not die. Guinean music on the Syliphone recording label", at the first international symposium on A frican popular music: Revisiter l'histoire des musiques modernes d'Afrique: Retour aux sources", held in Mali. He has presented papers for numerous African Studies conferences and delivered guest lectures at Australian universities and research institutes. In Africa he has conducted research with The National Council for Arts and Culture in The Gambia, The West African Research Center in Senegal, The Direction Nationale de la Culture in Mali, and the Ministries of Culture, Information, and Communication in Guinea. In addition to his publications Dr Counsel has annotated and compiled five double-volume compact discs of Guinean music and contributed to several CD releases. Folk Roots magazine named his compilation, "Authenticite. The Syliphone years. Guinea's Orchestres Nationaux and Federaux 1965-1980", the "best packaged album of the year". He has also compiled discographies of the shellac and vynil recording output of the nations of Guinea, Mali, The Gambia, Burkino Faso, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania, and constructed discographies of leading West African recording labels. In Australia he has presented African music programmes on public radio for several years and has provided commentary for the BBC, ABC, SBS, and African television, radio and print media.
- Musicology and Ethnomusicology
- Archival, Repository and Related Studies
- Arts and Cultural Policy
- Understanding Africa's Past
Available for supervisionYes.
My research interests cover the music, culture and politics of Africa, with particular reference to West Africa. Trans-Atlantic music styles (jazz, blues, reggae, Cuban music, etc) are also research areas, and cultural policy is a central discourse.
Contact DetailsPhone Number: 83448323
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Education and Training
- Graduate Certificate in University Teaching GCUT , University of Melbourne, 2015
- Doctor of Philosophy PhD , University of Melbourne, 2007
- Master of Music MMus , University of Melbourne, 2000
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours BA (Hons) , Monash University, 1997
Awards and honours
- Diplome d'Honneur. Ministere de la Culture des Arts et Loisirs, Republique de Guinee, 2008
- Australian Postgraduate Award, 2003
- Melbourne Abroad Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship, 2001
- Ernst Morawetz Prize, 1996