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Senior Research Assistant
Sonic street technologies (SST), such as Jamaican reggae sound systems, originate in marginal urban communities across the Global South, often playing a key role in popular culture. This EU-funded SST project explores the sophisticated practices and techniques used by SST and the social and cultural motivations in their communities of origin. The project will map the "technological diaspora" of SST and use a cultural studies methodology to compare different local SST, study their social and economic conditions and detect possible Jamaican or African influences. The project addresses the relationships between culture and technology, how this generates new knowledge and the extent to which SST low-tech innovations can produce alternatives for individual and community well-being and self-determination.
The Senior RA role offers the opportunity to work closely with Professor Julian Henriques (PI). As Senior Research Assistant you will responsible for designing and delivering Work Package 1 (WP1). This first step involves scoping out existing video, text and social media documentation on local sound systems/ SST scenes across the global regions the project covers and review relevant literature. Curate, commission and contribute material for WP2 which is the project website, blog and social media. Lead on WP3 by establishing links with local sound systems/ SST to encourage their contribution and participation in the research project. WP 4 requires that you contribute to establishing a network of Research Agents in the key geographical areas and contribute to the management in the field. Contribute to WP5 which consists of the writing of peer-reviewed journal articles on the methodologies and theoretical framework of the project and the research findings.