Faculty Q & A with Kaley Mason
August 25, 2016
Ph.D., University of Alberta; B.Mus., Queen’s University at Kingston.
Research and Teaching Interests
Music and Politics, Social Movements, South Asia, Francophonie, Creative Economies, Mobility, Ritual, Film
What most excites you about joining the L&C community?
Vibrant world music program, campus community committed to social justice, activism, and ecoconsciousness, emphasis on global outreach and intercultural understanding (pioneering study abroad)
Describe the current trajectory of your scholarly research.
My current project tracks the relationship between art and activism in song in South India, from the music of political theater and revolutionary film, to emergent genres like alternative rock. I’m also researching different ways in which musical and culinary practices intersect, an area that I’ve recently explored with students in a seminar on gastromusicology.
What kind of hobbies or special activities do you enjoy outside of work?
Hiking, canoeing, gardening, racquet sports, cooking, and reading historical fiction.
What were your childhood goals/aspirations?
Traveling, painting, songwriting, film music composing
What are you listening to in your car right now?
Franco-Chilean hip-hop artist, Ana Tijoux (2014 album, Vengo)
What was your favorite childhood story?