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Carolyn Philpott

Senior Lecturer in Musicology, Conservatorium of Music, School of Creative Arts and Media; Adjunct Senior Researcher, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, University of Tasmania

Dr Carolyn Philpott is a Senior Lecturer in Musicology at the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music and an Adjunct Senior Researcher at the University’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). Her research interests include Australian music and intersections between music, sound, place and the environment, especially music composed in connection with Antarctica. She has published her research in high-quality musicology and polar studies journals, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries, and has presented at conferences, workshops and guest lectures in the UK, Europe, the US, South America, Asia and Australia. Her monograph, Composing Australia: Nostalgia and National Identity in the Music of Malcolm Williamson, was published by Lyrebird Press (University of Melbourne) as part of its Australasian Music Research series in 2018. In 2020, she published a co-edited book (with Professor Elizabeth Leane, University of Tasmania, and Professor Matt Delbridge, Deakin University) titled Performing Ice as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Performing Landscapes series. She is currently a Chief Investigator on two Australian Research Council-funded projects and co-leads the Antarctic Engagements Research Group with Elizabeth Leane.


  • 2012–present
    Senior Lecturer in Musicology and Research Coordinator, Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania


  • 2010 
    University of Tasmania, PhD