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Understanding Musicking on Social Media: Music Sharing and Migration

Dr. Raquel Campos



May 10, 2021, 13:30 (Online)


This talk summarises the findings of my recent research on social media musicking and migration. My research studies the relationships and other immaterial aspects of culture that develop around the circulation and sharing of digital music and other music-related media among Spanish migrants in the UK. Why people share music on social media? What are people’s motivations to share music with each other when there are not any tangible benefits? Bridging ethnomusicology with internet studies, I use a hybrid online-offline methodology to address the complexity of migrants’ lives and their relationship with music at home and abroad. My goal is to understand both the role of music in online social spaces and the cultures of music exchange that emerge in social media interaction.

Dr. Raquel Campos

Dr. Raquel Campos is a postdoctoral researcher of digital ethnomusicology. She recently submitted her thesis entitled “Understanding Musicking on Social Media: Music Sharing, Sociality and Citizenship”. Her research investigates why audiences post and circulate music through examining the musicking activities of migrants on social media and streaming platforms as forms of culture-making. She is the 2019 winner of the Andrew Goodwin Memorial Postgraduate Essay Prize awarded by the UK and Ireland branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.