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Department of Philosophy
Gillian Turnbull

Gillian Turnbull


Sessional Instructor


BA (Music) University of Calgary, MA (Musicology) University of Alberta, MFA (Creative Nonfiction) University of King's College, PhD (Ethnomusicology) York University




416-979-5000 ext. 2417

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Research Interests:

Popular music; Feminism; Country, roots, and folk music; Music and urban geography; Music criticism; Representation on the pop stage; Festivals; Radio and media; Political economy of music

Selected Publications & Presentations:

Sonic Booms: Making Music in an Oil Town. Eternal Cavalier Press (forthcoming), 2019.
Grassland Sounds: Popular and Folk Musics of the Canadian Prairies, co-edited with Geoff Whittall (forthcoming).


"Authorship and Nostalgia in Contemporary Cowboy Repertoire," Cultural Studies, Critical Methodologies, 16/1 (2016): 58-67.
" ‘Anything But Ballet’: Individuality, Genre-Bending, and Sexual Expression in Center Stage,” Movies, Moves & Music: the Sonic World of Dance Film, edited by Mark Evans and Pauline Manley, Equinox Publishing (2016), 150-66.
" 'Land of the In Between': Nostalgia and the Gentrification of Calgarian Roots Music," MUSICultures 36 (2009), 22-47.


"Teaching Gender Parity in the Pop Music Canon," presented at the Learning and Teaching Conference, Ryerson University, May 2018.
"Pop Music Parity in Practice," presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Conference, Niagara Chapter, Ryerson University, April 2018.