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Dr Matthew Machin-Autenrieth

Affiliated Researcher


Matthew Machin-Autenrieth is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow based at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge. Trained as an ethnomusicologist, Matthew's research focuses on the relationship between music, regional identity politics and multiculturalism in Andalusia (Spain).

His doctoral research explored the relationship between Andalusian regionalism and flamenco in Andalusia, framed by the wider context of contemporary Spanish politics. In recent years, the Andalusian Government has embarked on an ambitious project aimed at developing flamenco as a symbol of regional identity, strengthened by its recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO (2010). Based on ethnographic fieldwork, the study explored the 'regionalisation' of flamenco and how this process has been received among Andalusians. The research brought to light issues with and inequalities in the institutional development of flamenco. By examining the contexts, discourses and styles associated with the flamenco community of Granada, the research unveiled alternative readings of regionalism and competing localisms contributing to a new understanding of the flamenco tradition. This research was recently published as a monograph entitled Flamenco, Regionalism and Musical Heritage in Southern Spain (Routledge).

Matthew's postdoctoral research explores how the notion of a shared cultural heritage between Spain and Morocco influences musical practice and discourse. Focusing on collaborative projects between Spanish flamenco artists and Moroccan Arab-Andalusian musicians, this research seeks to uncover how music is used to articulate the somewhat idealised notion of coexistence (convivencia) between Christians, Jews and Muslims in al-Andalus. The research explores how these collaborative projects are employed for differing cultural and political agendas, framed by the wider context of Moroccan immigration in Andalusia and debates surrounding multiculturalism. At one level, institutions use these collaborations as a form of cultural diplomacy between Spain and Morocco, and as vehicle to promote multiculturalism in cities such as Granada that have large Moroccan communities. However, such projects may obscure the social realities of Moroccan immigration and the rising levels of xenophobia and Islamophobia. As such, the research also seeks to uncover the relevance of such intercultural dialogue for musicians themselves (both Moroccan and Spanish) at the level of everyday social experience.    

Selected Publications

Machin-Autenrieth, M. (2017). Flamenco, Regionalism and Musical Heritage in Southern Spain (Routledge, SOAS Musicology Series).

Machin-Autenrieth, M. (in press, 2017). 'The Zambra, Tourism and Discourses of Authenticity in Granada's Flamenco Scene'. MUSICultures, Special Issue on Music and Tourism.

Machin-Autenrieth, M. (forthcoming, 2017). 'Flamenco for Andalusia, Flamenco for Humanity: Regionalisation and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Spain'. In: Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity. Equinox Studies in Ethnomusicology.

Machin-Autenrieth, M. 2015. 'Flamenco ¿algo nuestro? (Something of Ours?): Music, Regionalism and Political Geography in Southern Spain'. Ethnomusicology Forum, 24(1): 4–27.

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