Research Profile

Marian Caulfield

Biography

Since 2013 Marian Caulfield has worked as a part-time tutor, academic study coach, student mentor, lesson designer and course coordinator at UCC

Marian completed her BA Music at University College Cork in 2012 for which she was awarded 1st class honors. On this course Marian developed an interest in Experimental Music and Ethnomusicology and also took modules in 'Study of Religions'. Marian is especially drawn in both disciplines, to the area of 'sound' as a 'well-being' tool.  

Marian is passionate about fostering a caring relationship with her students through mentorship and pastoral care with a view to enhancing the experience of each student in her charge.  

in 2014 Marian was awarded the CACSS Excellence Scholarship to study the MA in Contemporary Religions and was awarded a 2:1 Masters Degree 

In 2017 Marian was awarded the CACSS Excellence Scholarship for a PhD research project, which she is currently in the process of writing up after a period of fieldwork and ethnographic research, in both Ireland and Finland.

Marian’s PhD project examines the 'revival' efforts of those who are re-imagining the practice of sounding grief through improvised cry/singing universally known as 'lament'. Marian's project is particularly focused on the recent efforts being made to re-imagine Irish lament(commonly known as 'caoine' or 'keening'), as a modern healing and well-being tool.

Marian has carried out fieldwork in both Ireland and Finland with groups who are attempting re-imagine older lament traditions to fit modern purposes. Examining the reported therapeutic effects of this non-musical vocality, brought forth by the body from deep within, and how it is considered as a healing and freeing force for bodily and mental tensions and community cohesion. 

Marian's project also examines the theoretical and ethical issues which surround the re-invention of rituals and lost or dying traditions.  


Research Interests

Sound and sounding is so often ignored in favour of the visual and literal, within the discipline of study of religions. To find a commonality in Marian's projects, it is evident that she focuses on analyzing (using fieldwork and ethnographic methodologies) her participants reactions to the power of vibrational and communal forces while 'sounding' together in somewhat 'risky' ways (such as crying and experimental music). In these settings, people tend to open up to witness with each other, their insecurities, fears and traumas.  

Marian's current project examines the budding 'revival' efforts of those who are re-imagining the practice of sounding grief together, through improvised cry/singing otherwise known as 'lament', particularly focused on the recent efforts being made to re-imagine Irish lament 'keening' (or 'caoine' in the Irish language).

She has carried out fieldwork in both Ireland and Finland with groups who are attempting re-imagine older lament traditions to fit modern purposes. examining the therapeutic effects of this non-musical vocality, brought forth by the body from deep within, and how it is considered as a healing and freeing force for bodily and mental tensions.

Marian is very interested in the challenges these groups face when attempting to re-invent a lost or dying tradition to be repurposed in the modern world. 

Marian has previously carried out a fieldwork project with experimental musicians in Ireland in search of the ‘spirituality’ which appeared to initially inspire many of the experimental musical luminaries of the sixties and seventies such as Stockhausen, La Monte Young, John Cage and Terry Riley.  


Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2014)'A Rethinking of Religiosity through Sound: Meaning, Identity and Community Located within the Ineffable Sound of an Experimental Music Scene'
Marian Caulfield (2014) 'A Rethinking of Religiosity through Sound: Meaning, Identity and Community Located within the Ineffable Sound of an Experimental Music Scene'. Diskus, 16 (1):96-106   [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2017UCC CACSS Excellence Scholarship (PhD) CACSS
2012UCC CACSS Excellence Scholarship (Masters) CACSS

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religion member30-JUN-20 / 15-SEP-20

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCC, Study of Religions Department Course Coordinator31-MAY-16 / 30-MAY-18
UCC Academic Skills Coach (Skills Centre)01-AUG-16 / 30-APR-20
UCC, Study of Religions Department, Assistant Lecturer01-SEP-13 / 30-APR-21

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2104UCC MA (Study of Religions Departement)Contemporary Religions
2012UCC BAMusic and Study of Religions

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Teaching Undergraduate and Post-Graduate student to improve their academic skills such as:
Reflective Writing
Cultures of Writing 
Note--taking
Paraphrasing
Unpacking the Question
Building and Argument
How to Write an Essay 
Presentation Skills
Assignment Planning and Structure
Referencing

Delivery weekly tutorials to undergraduate students in the 'study of religions' covering:

Indigenous religions
Hinduism, 
Christianity, 
Paganism
Buddhism, 
Chinese and Japanese religions, 
Islam,
Judaism 
Sikhism 

Tutoring on second and third-year courses in :

Indigenous Religions
Hinduism and religions of India and South Asia’
Christianities in Global Age

Examining theories and methodologies in: 

Anthropology, Sociology, Gender, Authority, Ritual, Terminology, Modernity, Identity, Colonialism, Asceticism, Orality/Literacy, Eco-Cosmology, Ancestor Worship


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