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Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit



After gaining a degree (1979) and Ph.D. (1985) in Cambridge University’s Social Anthropology Dept, Dr Carole Pegg undertook postdoctoral research in Mongolia, and the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia, China. Her book Mongolian Music, Dance and Oral Narrative: Performing Diverse Identities (University of Washington Press; with CD) was published in September 2001. Funded by The British Academy (2002-3), Economic & Social Research Council (2003­­-7), and World Oral Literature Project, University of Cambridge (2010-12), she has conducted field research in the Republics of Altai, Khakassia and Tyva in southern Siberia (on the periphery of the Russian Federation) and is currently finalizing her book on those areas.

With a strong background in practical music-making, she has taught the anthropology of music and performance in CU’s Department of Social Anthropology, Music Faculty and MIASU and in the USA, Hong Kong, China, Mongolia and Inner Mongolia. She has convened conferences, and taught in master classes, workshops and seminars on Mongolian music and culture in venues  ranging from universities and museums to the Royal Opera House and church halls. She has served as Chairperson of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (UK Chapter), Ethnomusicology Editor for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musiciansand was a founding co-editor of The British Journal of Ethnomusicology (now ‘Ethnomusicology Forum’). Her research interests includereligion and ritual; performativity, music and sound; the body; Indigeneity and identities; nomadism and landscape.

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