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Dr Marie Thompson

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Profile summary

Professional biography

I joined the Open University as a Lecturer in Popular Music in 2020. Prior to this, I held a position in the University of Lincoln's School of Film and Media, where I taught on Sound and Music Production and Media Studies degree programmes. I gained my PhD in 2014 from Newcastle University's International Centre for Music Studies. I also hold a BA (Hons) in Music/Popular Music and an MA in Musicology from the University of Liverpool.  

Research interests

My research concerns the gendered, affective and sociopolitical dimensions of music, sonic media and auditory culture. My monograph Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism was published by Bloomsbury in 2017 and I am the co-editor of Sound, Music, Affect: Theorizing Sonic Experience (Bloomsbury, 2013). Other recent publications have appeared in Contemporary Music Review, Textual Practice and Parallax. 

I am the Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded project Tinnitus, Auditory Knowledge and the Arts, which explores how the arts might help to enrich understandings of tinnitus and the diverse ways it affects listeners. I am also the co-founder (with Annie Goh) of Sonic Cyberfeminisms, an ongoing project that critically and creatively interrogates the relationship between gender, sound, technology and feminist practice.  

My research has been presented internationally in public and academic forums, including on BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed; at music festivals including CTM (Berlin), MUTEK (Montreal), DICE (Berlin) and Noiseexistance (Hamburg); at cultural institutions including the British Library, Tate Liverpool and the ICA; and as keynote presentations for the Punk Scholars Network, The Future Sound of Pop Music conference and for Capacious: Affect Inquiry/Making Space conference.  I will be delivering the keynote Peter le Huray lecture at the Royal Musical Association’s 2020 Annual Conference.


Sounding the Arcane: Contemporary Music, Gender and Reproduction (2020-09)
Thompson, Marie
Contemporary Music Review ((Early Access))

Spinoza and musical power (2019)
Thompson, Marie
Textual Practice, 33(5) (pp. 803-820)

Whiteness and the Ontological Turn in Sound Studies (2017)
Thompson, Marie
Parallax, 23(3) (pp. 266-282)

To soothe or remove? Affect, revanchism and the weaponized use of classical music (2017)
Thompson, Marie
Communication and the Public, 2(4) (pp. 272-283)

Feminised Noise and the ‘Dotted Line’ of Sonic Experimentalism (2016)
Thompson, Marie
Contemporary Music Review, 35(1) (pp. 85-101)

Productive Parasites: Thinking of Noise as Affect (2012-12-03)
Thompson, Marie
Cultural Studies Review, 18(3) (pp. 13-35)