Birmingham Conservatoire Public Research Seminar Series- Kevin Dawe

November 30th, 3.30pm-5.00pm, Birmingham Conservatoire, tickets £4


Professor Kevin Dawe (University of Kent) – ‘Could a Guitar Change the World? Guitar Making and Sustainability Studies’

Guitar maker Jay Duncan poses this question as he goes out to his Uganda-based workshop, where the local community has access to several Africa-based sources of wood, including mahogany, mugavu and ebony. If a guitar could change the world, could it also play a role in saving it? What, then, should we make of guitar maker Mark Bailey based in Scotland, who claims that all his acoustic guitars are handmade in the UK using only renewable energy sources? In the case studies for this research seminar, Professor Kevin Dawe, from the University of Kent, discusses how those materials-become-instruments are enmeshed in complex networks, and infrastructures of ecological, socio-cultural, political and economic relations and significance.

You are warmly invited to Birmingham Conservatoire’s continuing Autumn 2015 Series of Public Research Seminars, which take place on selected Tuesday afternoons, 3.30-5.00 pm. Each semester’s programme now includes a dedicated Lecture-Recital that will offer a strong model for practice-based research.

These seminars are open to all, including members of the public. They are held in Birmingham city centre, just a five-minute walk from New Street Station, in the Conservatoire’s Arena Foyer (see map:

Tickets available on the door.