Overview

Current Work

Sarah Baker’s current research explores popular music heritage, with a particular focus on heritage institutions. She is currently completing research funded by the Australian Research Council which explores the contributions of volunteer communities and enthusiast expertise to the preservation of popular music artefacts. This work seeks to understand the communities of practice that form around the project of archiving popular music’s material heritage; the affective connections between volunteer labour and popular music artefacts; and the democratising effects of the DIY approach to archiving popular music. Her research also looks at the efforts of curators in popular music museums globally to document popular music's recent past.  

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Expertise Keywords

  • Community archives and museums
  • Creative labour
  • Heritage volunteering
  • Popular music heritage

Country Affiliations

  • Iceland
  • United Kingdom

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 52 (Other: 52)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Contribution to Learning and Teaching

Sarah Baker teaches into the Sociology major in the Bachelor of Arts in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University. Sarah has a strong interest in the first year experience, with a particular focus on enhancing social and academic transition. She currently teaches a core first year course in the BA, 1007LHS Understanding the Social World, which she has developed using a flipped model that incorporates pedagogical approaches including Networked Learning and the U Approach. The course is also delivered as SGY14 Understanding the Social World for Open Universities Australia.

In her teaching scholarship, Sarah has published on the use of Digital Narratives in a first year youth studies course; an outcome of a Griffith University Blended Learning Fellowship (2008). She has also published on the use of karaoke as a first year enhancement strategy. Sarah is also the lead Australian author of "Think Sociology" (Pearson, 2011), an introductory sociology textbook geared to engaging non-traditional students. She is also the co-author with Brady Robards of "Teaching Youth Studies Through Popular Culture" (ACYS Publishing, 2014).

Sarah has received institutional and national recognition for her contributions to the teaching of first year sociology. In 2012, she received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Griffith University Teacher of the Year. A national award followed with an Office for Learning and Teaching 2013 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
 

Current and Past Courses

  • Understanding the Social World (1007LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Understanding the Social World (1007LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2016.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

Sarah Baker's latest PhD completions are Dr Anne Ferguson (awarded: November 2016) whose thesis explored the cultural production of the first season of the Australian crime series "Underbelly" and Dr Zelmarie Cantillon (awarded: May 2017) whose thesis was titled "Resort spatiality: reimagining sites of mass tourism".</br></br>Sarah currently supervises the following PhD candidates: Bob Buttigieg; Shanene Ditton; Ashleigh Watson; Laura Rodriguez-Castro; Kathleen Connell; Janis Hanley.</br>

Background

Bio

Sarah Baker is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Griffith University, and a member of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, of which she is currently the Deputy Centre Director. She previously held research fellowships at The Open University and University of Leeds (UK) and the University of South Australia.

Sarah’s research expertise is in the areas of popular music studies, youth studies, heritage studies and creative labour. She has published extensively on the popular music practices of young people. This body of work emerged from her PhD on pre-teen girls’ negotiations of music and identity and also from the Australian Research Council funded project ‘Playing for Life: the everyday music practices of marginalised youth as strategic pathways to agency, employment and socio-economic inclusion’ (DP0345917, 2003-5).

From 2006-7, Sarah worked with Professor David Hesmondhalgh on a project exploring work in the contemporary UK media and cultural industries. The results of this project can be found in the book, "Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries" (Routledge, 2011), as well as in various articles and book chapters based on that research. Following the completion of that project, Sarah has traveled to Reykjavik as part of an Australian Academy of the Humanities ISL-HCA International Research Fellowship (2010) to explore conditions of creative labour in the Icelandic music industry. Her study of pay conditions for Icelandic musicians following the economic collapse can be found in the book "Popular Music Matters" (Ashgate, 2014).

Sarah was a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council funded project ‘Popular Music and Cultural Memory: localised popular music histories and their significance for national music industries’ (DP109210, 2010-12). This project was concerned with the range of ways that popular music appears in cultural memory, across the spectrum of national and official discourse through to the small-scale and personal recollections of individuals. Sarah worked closely with the project's research fellow, Alison Huber, during this research and articles resulting from this collaboration appear in the journals "Popular Music History" and "European Journal of Cultural Studies". Their study of canonisation in Australia's 'country music capital' appears in the journal "Popular Music" and was awarded the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia-New Zealand branch Rebecca Coyle Prize for the best paper on popular music in the Australia-New Zealand region in 2014.

Sarah’s latest project is called ‘Do-it-Yourself Popular Music Archives: an international comparative study of volunteer-run institutions that preserve popular music’s material culture’ (DP130100317, 2013-15). This research explores the contributions of volunteer communities and enthusiast expertise to the preservation of popular music artefacts. It seeks to understand the communities of practice that form around the project of archiving popular music’s material heritage; the affective connections between volunteer labour and popular music artefacts; and the democratising effects of the DIY approach to archiving popular music. The project website can be found at http://diyarchives.blogspot.com

Sarah teaches into the Sociology major in the Bachelor of Arts at Griffith University. In 2012 Sarah held the role of First Year Advisor, assisting commencing students in their transition to university life, and from November 2012 to July 2013 she was the Bachelor of Arts Program Convenor. From July to November 2013 she was the Deputy Convenor of Higher Degree Research Students for Humanities on the Gold Coast campus and from December 2013 - December 2014 was the Higher Degree Research Convenor. From January 2015 - April 2016 Sarah was the Arts, Education and Law Group Higher Degree Research Programme Director and currently holds the position of Arts, Education and Law Group Higher Degree Research Advocate for the Gold Coast campus. In addition to this concentration on higher degree research, Sarah is currently the Deputy Head of School (Research) in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science as well as the Deputy Director of the Centre for Social and Cultural Research.

In her teaching scholarship, Sarah has published on the use of Digital Narratives in a first year youth studies course; an outcome of a Griffith University Blended Learning Fellowship (2008). She has also published on the use of karaoke as a first year enhancement strategy. Sarah is the lead Australian author on the first year sociology textbook, "Think Sociology" (Pearson, 2011), and is the co-author with Brady Robards of "Teaching Youth Studies Through Popular Culture" (ACYS Publishing, 2014). In 2012, she received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Griffith University Teacher of the Year. A national award followed with an Office for Learning and Teaching 2013 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

From 2009-2012 Sarah was an editor of the "Journal of Sociology" (Sage). She is currently Reviews Editor of a new journal launched in June 2014, the "Journal of World Popular Music" (Equinox).
 

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, University of South Australia 1999 - 2003
  • BA Bachelor Of Arts With Honours, University of South Australia 1998 - 1999
  • BA Bachelor of Arts, University of South Australia 1995 - 1998

Academic experience

  • Research Fellow, University of Leeds 2007 - 2007
  • Research Fellow, Open University, UK 2006 - 2007
  • ARC Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of South Australia 2003 - 2005

Awards and Honours

  • Rebecca Coyle Prize for the best paper on popular music in the Australia-New Zealand region, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Australia-New Zealand branch 2014 - 2014
  • Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, OLT 2013 - 2013
  • Vice Chancellor's Teacher of the Year, Griffith University 2012 - 2012

Internal service roles

  • Elected Member, AEL Promotions Committee, 2016 - Present
  • Elected Member, Academic Committee, 2016 - Present
  • Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science 2016 - Present
  • Higher Degree Research Advocate, Gold Coast campus, Arts, Education and Law Group 2016 - Present
  • Acting-Field of Study Leader (Sociology), School of Humanities, 2016 - 2016
  • Arts, Education and Law Group Higher Degree Research Programme Director, 2015 - Present
  • Member, Board of Graduate Research, 2015 - 2016
  • Member, School of Humanities Committee, 2015 - 2015
  • Member, School of Humanities Research Committee, 2015 - 2015
  • Member, School of Humanities Honours Review Committee, 2014 - 2014
  • Member, 'Future of Humanities' PVC School of Humanities Review Committee, 2013 - 2013
  • Member, Bachelor of Arts Working Party, School of Humanities, 2013 - 2013
  • School of Humanities Higher Degree Research Convenor, 2013 - 2014
  • School of Humanities Deputy Convenor of Higher Degree Research Students (Gold Coast campus), 2013 - 2013
  • Panel Member for Review of GradCertHE, 2013 - 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts Program Convenor, 2012 - 2013
  • First Year Advisor, School of Humanities, 2012 - 2012
  • Member, School of Humanities Learning & Teaching Committee, 2012 - 2012
  • First Year Advisor, Gold Coast campus, 2012 - 2012
  • Invited Member, INS Supporting Learning & Teaching Portfolio Board, 2010 - 2010
  • Invited member, INS Supporting Learning & Teaching Portfolio Board, 2010 - 2010
  • Member, First Year Enhancement Team, 2010 - 2012
  • Elected Member, Academic Committee, 2009 - 2010

External service roles

  • External Honours Examiner (Sociology), University of Tasmania, School of Social Sciences 2013 - 2015

Editorial roles

  • International Editorial Board Member, Journal of Applied Youth Studies 2015 - Present
  • Editorial Board Member, Perfect Beat: the Asia-Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture 2015 - Present
  • Review Editor, Journal of World Popular Music 2012 - Present
  • International Editorial Board Member, Youth Studies Australia 2011 - 2013

Professional memberships

  • Member, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
  • Member, The Australian Sociological Association
  • Member, International Association for the Study of Popular Music