School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
I am an anthropologist with interdisciplinary research interests in contemporary Australian social issues, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Media, Creative Industries, Musicology and the Digital Humanities. My research investigates how music is used to negotiate issues of significant concern in the lives of contemporary young people and adults, including the negotiation of non-normative gendered identities, precarity, climate change, and the consequences of screen-mediated interaction. My findings show how music making allows those engaged with its practice to deal with anxiety and alienation as well as the potential of digital platforms.
My thesis, ‘People, Platforms, Practice: The Social Mediation of Electronic Music Production’, available in the University library, investigated the impact of the Internet and digital technologies on contemporary music practice, social relationships and subjectivity.
Date Institution name Country Title 2015 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts First Class Honours in Anthropology 2009 - 2014 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Media 1981 - 1984 Royal Holloway University of London United Kingdom Bachelor of Arts Geography/History
Year Citation 2021 Chambers, P. (2021). Producing the self: Digitisation, music-making and subjectivity. Journal of Sociology, 58(4), 554-569.
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Year Citation 2019 Chambers, P. H. (2019). People, Platforms, Practice: The Social Mediation of Electronic Music Production. (PhD Thesis, University of Adelaide).
Date Topic Location Name 2018 - 2018 ANTH3034 Visual Anthropology University of Adelaide Paul Chambers 2018 - 2018 ANTH1104 Foundations of Social Anthropology: People and Culture University of Adelaide Paul Chambers
Date Role Membership Country 2018 - ongoing Member Australian Network of Student Anthropologists Australia 2018 - ongoing Member International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia 2017 - ongoing Member Australian Anthropological Society Australia
Date Office Name Institution Country 2018 - 2018 Instability in the Matrix: Posthuman Disruptions in Meatspace Life in the Age of death: AAS 2018 Australia 2018 - 2018 Instability in the Matrix: Posthuman Disruptions in Meatspace Space + Place: Gender, Sex and Sexualities Postgraduate & ECR Conference 2018 Australia 2017 - 2017 "People, Platforms & Practice: Human-non-Human Relationships in Electronic Music Production" Shifting States: AAS/ASA/ASAANZ Conference 2017 Australia 2017 - 2017 "Original Signals: Individualism, Inspiration and Intimacy in the Posthuman Present" Australian Computer Music Conference 2017 Australia 2017 - 2017 "Gender Bending / Genre Blending: Playing Identity in Adelaide Clubland" Art(i)culations of Violence: Gender, Sex & Sexualities Postgraduate & ECR Conference 2017 Australia 2016 - 2016 "Gearslutz and Elektronauts: Online Communities of Cooperation and Consumption" 39th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia. Australia
Date Topic Presented at Institution Country 2019 - 2019 ‘Selling Out or Selling Anything: Contradictory Values in Electronic Music’ Australian Anthropological Society annual conference, Canberra, December 2019. Values in Anthropology, Values of Anthropology, AAS 2019 Australia
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