Some information about me
My research focuses on the anthropology / sociology of artistic activity, communication and performance (especially ‘oral’ literature and music), as studied both ethnographically and in cross-cultural perspective, interacting with on-going debates about orality, literacy and multimodality in human communication. My focus is especially on the amateur, ‘hidden’ and ‘ordinary’ dimensions of such activities (including knowledge production and creation through dreams).
Current projects include
- Short book on local radio and music-making in Fiji, with special reference to three key ‘moments’, based on documentary and field sources (research in association with the AHRC project ‘Tuning In: Diasporic Contact Zones at the BBC World Service’, located in previous Theme 2 , likely completion summer 2012 ho[pefull in WUP Music/Culture series.
- Interdisciplinary book (edited, perhaps also a single-author monograph) on Dreaming and Creation, to be submitted to Open Book Publishers Cambridge (based largely on experience over recent months following serious neurological illness in summer 2011) linking to comparative and historical background
- Joint research and research application(s) on dreams/dreaming with Elizabeth da Silva
- Expanded edition of Researchers beyond the university walls, with contributions by, among others, Rupert Gatti on open access publishing and an author from the OU.
- A series of academic papers for sociology, anthropology and folklore journals on the experience and research methodology of dreaming and its transformation into writing with special referenced to my own work under the (family) names of Catherine Farrar, see
Ruth Finnegan (2010), '¿Por qué estudiar la música? Relexiones de una antropóloga desde el campo [Why study music? an anthropologist's reflections from the field]', 203, in Francisco Cruces and Beatriz Pérez Galán (eds), Textos de Antropología Contemporánea, Madrid: Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia.