African studies, cultural policy, ethnicity and identity (Mande diaspora, griots, West African musical traditions)
Cultural Anthropology (Cultural festivals, Arts and cultural policy, Nationalism and identity)
Ethnomusicology (African and Trans-Atlantic musics, World Music)
Sound archives (National and local archives)
Dr Graeme Counsel is a lecturer, subject coordinator and Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. His research and publications examine the nexus of popular music and politics, drawing from the disciplines of ethnomusicology, cultural studies and history. A focus of his research is music, culture and society in Africa, and his research interests encompass trans-Atlantic and Asiatic cultures. Dr Counsel's post-doctoral fieldwork includes over two years in West Africa undertaking applied research projects. From 2008 to 2013 he received three Major Research Project Awards through the British Library's Endangered Archives Programme which enabled the collection, preservation and archiving of the complete catalogue of the Syliphone recording label, the flagship of the Guinean recording industry. The project was exhibited at the National Museum of Guinea and presented to the Ministry of Culture et Patrimonie and the Ministry of Communication. In recognition of his research and contribution to the preservation of national culture, the Guinean government awarded him their highest research honour, the gold medal of the Palme Academique en Or and a Diplome d'Honneur. His subsequent projects preserved, digitised and archived original studio recordings from Guinea's 1st Republic (1958-1984), held in the archives of Radio Television Guinea. Dr Counsel's archival collections are currently available at the Bibliotheque Nationale de Guinee, Radio Television Guinee, and online via the British Library Sounds website. Dr Counsel has presented his academic research in a wide variety of fora. He was invited to present his paper, Syliphone: The elephant that will not die. Guinean music on the Syliphone recording label, at the first international symposium on African popular music: Revisiter l'histoire des musiques modernes d'Afrique: Retour aux sources, held in Mali. He has presented papers for numerous African Studies conferences and delivered guest lectures at Australian univer
My research interests cover the music, culture and politics of Africa, with particular reference to West Africa. Trans-Atlantic music styles (jazz, blues, reggae, Cuban music, etc) are also research areas, with cultural policy a central discourse.