Dr Stefano Barone
Lecturer in Sociology
School of Justice
Stefano is a Sociology lecturer. His research focuses on youth cultures and popular music, with a focus on music scenes in post-revolutionary Tunisia. He has published a book and several papers on this topic, both in English and French. At the University of Central Lancashire, he teaches an array of subjects, and supervises postgraduate sociology projects.
Stefano joined the University of Central Lancashire and its Sociology team in 2018. He teaches an array of Sociology-related subjects, at foundation and BA level: from the Sociology of Youth, to Methodology, to the Sociology of Media. Stefano supervises postgraduate projects at MRes and PhD level. His research on music scenes in Tunisia produced a monograph - "Metal, Rap, and Electro in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia: a Fragile Underground", which came out in 2019 for Routledge, and several articles on English and French journals. Since 2020, he started a new research project, investigating the role of foreign cultural diplomacy institutions in the Tunisian music scene.
Stefano holds a MA degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Siena (Italy), and a PhD in Sociology from Griffith University (Australia). Prior to joining the University of Central Lancashire, he taught Sociology of Youth at Griffith. Stefano has been carrying out long ethnographic fieldwork sessions in Tunisia since 2010. His research has brought him to participate in numerous international conferences on Youth Cultures, Popular Music, Middle Eastern Studies and African Studies.
- BA Political Science, University of Catania (Italy), 2008
- MA Cultural Anthropology, University of Siena (Italy), 2011
- PhD Sociology, Griffith University (Australia), 2016
- Youth and Youth Cultures
- Popular Music Studies
- Middle Eastern Studies
- Cultural Diplomacy
Stefano's research focuses on youth cultures and popular music: in particular, he has been working on the heavy metal, electronic, and rap music scenes in post-revolutionary Tunisia. He is interested in the way youth cultures and popular music scenes appear and develop in non-western contexts.
Stefano identified Tunisia as an interesting case study: its 2010/2011 revolution, that sparked the so-called Arab Springs, changed local music-making practices and the social value of music. Heavy metal, rap, and electronic are indeed confronted with the challenges of post-revolutionary democratisation: they are embedded in the debate on national culture, and the role Islam has on it, and express the complexities of the local social structure. Stefano’s monograph, titled “Metal, Rap, and Electro in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia. A Fragile Underground” was published by Routledge in 2019. Besides, he has published several papers on this topic, both in English and French, and regularly participates in international conferences on youth culture, popular music, and African/Middle Easter Studies.
In 2020, Stefano started a new research project that explores the way in which foreign cultural diplomacy institutions participate in the Tunisian music scene. This research will particularly look at the Institut Français and Goethe Institute, to see how the participate in shaping local music and culture, how their values and discourses interact with Tunisian musicians' ones, and how "soft power" is reinvented as a consequence of these interactions.
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- World Metal Congress, London, 22-23 March 2019
- SESAMO (Italian Society for Middle East Studies) Conference. University of Turin, 31 January – 2 February 2019
- Séminaire « Productions et circulations des biens culturels : le cas des pays du Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique du nord », Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, 15 November 2018
- Rocking Islam Conference, University of Freiburg, 27-29 September 2018
- BRISMES (British Society of Middle Eastern Studies) Conference, King’s College London, 25-28 June 2018