Dr Kieran Curran



Tutor in the following classes

  • BA2 Music Industries Analysis
  • BA3 Themed Research Project
  • BA4 Research Paper
  • MMus Music, Sound and Media.


  • Ph.D. Music and English Literature. University of Edinburgh. 2014
  • MPhil. English. Trinity College, Dublin. 2006.
  • BA (Hons) English and Philosophy. National University of Ireland. 2005.


Teaching subjects

  • Music and Music Business

Research Publications and Interests

  • 2016 - ‘On Tape’ - Cassette Culture in Glasgow and Edinburgh Now. Book chapter in the Listening Spaces ​anthology, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2015 - ​Cynicism In Post War Britain: Ignorance, Dust and Disease​. Palgrave Macmillan. 2011 - ‘Let Me Take You Down’ - Stephen Poliakoff and Punk Culture. Peer-reviewed paper published in Durham University’s ​Postgraduate English j​ ournal.
  • 2009 - Review of ​Listen Again - A Momentary History of Popular Music.​ Published in CUP’s Popular Music j​ournal.
  • 2008 - Review of ​Blerwytirhwng? - The Place Of Welsh Pop​. Published in ​Popular Music​.


  • July 2015 - ‘DIY as a Contemporary Cultural Keyword’ - K.I.S.M.I.F Conference, University of Porto.
  • May 2015 - Edinburgh’s Musical Darkness - On Noise in Auld Reekie - University of Edinburgh Festival of Museums, Edinburgh.
  • June 2014 - ‘You Are Such a Daredevil, You Are Such a Collector - Contemporary Cassette Cultures’ - On Music Collecting Conference, the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
  • March 2014 - ‘The Good Ship Kangaroo’ - An Analysis of the transnational voyages of a song’ - Atlantic Sounds Conference, University of Liverpool.

Artistic and Musical Practice

  • Co-organiser – Shan Weekender
  • Co-organiser – Edinburgh Experimental Film Club
  • Collaborations with Chris Kohler, the Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • Co-organiser - Unpop

Employment history

  • Centre for the Moving Image (Scotland)
  • Tutor in Visual Culture – Edinburgh College of Art (2016-17)
  • Tutor in English – University of Edinburgh (2010-2016)