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Tina K. Ramnarine

Professor of Music
Royal Holloway University of London

Tina K. Ramnarine is a musician, anthropologist and global cultural explorer. She is interested in the politics and economics of music, and in what music researchers can contribute to global issues such as climate change.


Tina K. Ramnarine's research is interdisciplinary. She works at the intersections between the Humanities and the Social Sciences, especially within Music, Anthropology and Postcolonial Studies. Her book publications include Creating Their Own Space: The Development of an Indian-Caribbean Musical Tradition (University of West Indies Press, 2001), Ilmatar's Inspirations: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Changing Soundscapes of Finnish Folk Music (Chicago University Press, 2003), Beautiful Cosmos: Performance and Belonging in the Caribbean Diaspora (Pluto Press, 2007), and the edited volumes Musical Performance in the Diaspora (Routledge, 2007) and Global Perspectives on Orchestras: Essays on Collective Creativity and Social Agency (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Performance, creativity, orchestras
    Diaspora, identity politics, minorities
    Area Studies - northern Europe, the Caribbean, India and the Indian Diaspora


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Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies

Sonic Images of the Sacred in Sami Cinema

Published: Jun 21, 2013 by Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies
Authors: Tina K. Ramnarine
Subjects: Music, Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies

This essay explores 'indigenous' and 'western' forms of the sacred through the case of the Sami in the northern fringes of Europe. The focus is on sonic images in the film Ofelas (Pathfinder, 1987).

South Asian Diaspora

Music in Circulation between diasporic identities and modern media

Published: Jun 04, 2011 by South Asian Diaspora
Authors: Tina K. Ramnarine
Subjects: Music, Anthropology - Soc Sci, Asian Studies

This essay explores the complex scenario connecting Indian labour history, British imperial history and nineteenth century musical histories through a reading of the title track of the film Om Shanti On and sonic politics in the film Dulha mil Gaya.

Ethnomusicology Forum

The Orchestration of Civil Society

Published: Feb 20, 2011 by Ethnomusicology Forum
Authors: Tina K. Ramnarine
Subjects: Music

This essay explores the symphony orchestra's potential to contribute to the making of civil society. It highlights orchestral attempts to reach new communities through repertoire choices, outreach projects, interactive digital technologies and social initiatives.