The above screening and seminar took place at SOAS on 16/5/17. It is a
fairly good overview of my current work in applied ethnomusicology.
Here’s the description from the SOAS website:
Kit Ashton is a musician, and completed his CHASE-funded
PhD in Music at Goldsmiths in 2021. The title of his thesis is:
” Êcliaithe Man Tchoeu [Light Up My Heart]:
Applied Ethnomusicology and the Revitalisation of the Endangered Language of Jèrriais ”
This seminar at SOAS proposes that music should be considered as a
potentially important element of this ‘total concept’, and focuses on the
way it can shape cultural identity and language ideology, with reference
to ongoing work in Jersey.
‘Mathinnyi’ is a short ethnographic film, made during Kit’s MA, which
explores the Jersey context from a personal perspective – providing
insights into the island, the community and the language. Kit was born
and raised in Jersey, and is the founder and lead singer of Jèrriais
pop-folk band Badlabecques.
The film is followed by a presentation and an interactive discussion on
the following topics:
Music as a strategy for language revitalisation
Methodologies for measuring language change
Film as a research tool