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Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize winner announced

Posted: May 13th, 2015 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

A panel of four judges has now had the opportunity to consider all of the submissions for the inaugural Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize for best postgraduate student essay in popular music research, and a winner has been selected. Congratulations to Ben Assiter who wins an award of £500 and will receive his prize shortly.

Read the award winning essay here.

More about Ben

Ben Assiter is completing an MA in Popular Music Research at Goldsmith’s. After undergraduate studies in musicology at King’s College London, he has since been able to link his research more closely with his everyday musical interests and practices. His dissertation topic involves a study of the contemporary Euro-American fascination with retro West African popular musics, focussing on the politics involved in the reproduction and consumption of geographically and temporally displaced cultures. While he is a keen student, Ben’s involvement in music is primarily a more practical one, and he plays drums with various artists including James Blake, Teotima and FUR. He also produces and DJs music for dancing under the name Mr Assister.

About the Andrew Goodwin Prize

Andrew Goodwin was a key figure in the development of popular music studies. After his untimely death in September 2013, the Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize was established as a fitting tribute to his generosity to younger scholars. The aim of the award is to promote popular music research and to support new scholars. It is awarded annually through the IASPM UK-I website.

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