Katie Young

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geography and Tourism Studies

Bachelor of Arts Honours (Queen’s University)
Master of Arts (University of Toronto)
PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Email: kyoung5@brocku.ca

Katie Young is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies at Brock University. She is part of the Beyond Opposition research project, that explores how recent legal and social changes in relation to sexualities and sex/gender affect people in their everyday lives in Canada, Ireland and the UK. More information on the project is available here: www.beyondopposition.com.

Katie is an arts-based ethnographer, exploring everyday experiences of space through the lens of music and media. Prior to joining the Beyond Opposition project, Katie was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Limerick between 2020 and 2021. In Ireland, her research explored experiences of night space for Black-Irish and African diasporic musicians and creatives living in Cork and Galway.

Katie’s doctoral research focussed on gendered experiences of Hindi films and film music in the home and in everyday life in Ghana. After receiving her PhD in Music and Geography in 2019, she was the 2019 African Studies Association UK Teaching Fellow at the University for Development Studies in Northern Ghana.

  • Social and cultural geographies
  • Music and space
  • Arts-based ethnography
  • Arts-based collaborative research

Ailbhe Kenny and Katie Young. “‘The House of the Irish’: African Migrant Musicians and the Creation of Diasporic Space.” Ethnomusicology Forum. 2021.

Katie Young. “Hindi Films, Bollywood, and Indian Television Serials: A History of Connection, Disconnection, and Reconnection in Northern Ghana.” Journal of African Cultural Studies. 2021.

Katie Young. “Walking as Method in Postcolonial Archival Research.” Archival Science (21): 373-389. 2021. 

Katie Young. “‘If You know Arabic, Indian Songs Are Easy For You’: Performing Hindi Film Songs in Northern Ghana.” In The Oxford Handbook of Cinematic Listening, edited by Carlo Cenciarelli, 508-528. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2021.

Katie Young.“Reel Pleasures: Cinema Audiences and Entrepreneurs in Twentieth-Century Urban Tanzania (Review).” Journal of Religion and Film (23.2): 1-9. 2019.

Katie Young. “‘She’s Like Our Own Lata Mangeshkar’: The Playback Singers of Tamale, Northern Ghana.” Ethnomusicology Review (Sounding Board). 2019.

Katie Young. “Hearing Sacred Sounds in Hindi Film Songs: Thoughts on the mawlid in Tamale.” Journal of Africana Religions (5.2): 299-306. 2017.