Today we welcome Dr Naomi Barker and Dr Ruth Herbert, two experienced associate lecturers who have been appointed as 0.4 lecturers to help maintain our modules during a period in which the department is short staffed.
Naomi is currently working on the management team of Gateshead Schools’ Music Service, and aside from her activities as a scholar she is also a baroque flautist. Her 2007 article for the journal Early Music entitled ‘Undiscarded Images: Illustrations of antique instruments in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century books and their sources’ (vol. 35) was one of the ten most downloaded in February of this year, and her other publications include an entry on Agostino Licino in The New Grove.
Ruth, who is also a professional pianist, has recently published a book with Ashgate (2011) entitled Everyday Music Listening: Absorption, Dissociation and Trancing, and has contributed articles on the phenomenology of everyday listening, trance, consciousness transformation and musical engagement to journals including Ethnomusicology Forum and Musica Scientaie. She is currently running the pilot stage of a three-year research project examining the subjective music experiences of young people aged 10 to 18.