Dr Nicola Smith 


Position:        Lecturer in Sociology and Popular Culture
School:          Cardiff School of Education
E-mail:            nsmith@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Telephone:    029 2020 1586
Room No:       C016

Research Groups:
• Pedagogy And Andragogy Research Group (PARG)
• Arts And Humanities Research Group (AHRG)

• International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)
• Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)
• Royal Musical Association (RMA)
• British Sociological Association (BSA)
• BSA Ageing Body and Society Study Group
• BSA Leisure and Recreation Study Group

Research Interests:
• Popular music
• Northern Soul
• Post-subcultural paradigms
• Ageing fandom
• The performance, construction and prolongation of socio-cultural identity


Books / book chapters:
Smith, N. (2009) 'Beyond the Master Narrative of Youth: Researching Ageing Popular Music Scenes' in The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Musicology, edited by Derek B. Scott, Ashgate, pp. 427-445

Deasey, S., C. Forrest, J. Maslen, N. Smith and E. Taylor (2007) (eds.) Authentic Artifice: Cultures of the Real, University of Salford Press

Smith, N. (2006) 'Time Will Pass You By, A Conflict of Age: Identity on the Northern Soul Scene' in Perspectives on Conflict, edited by C. Baker, E. Granter, R. Guy, K. Harrison, A. Krishan and J. Maslen, University of Salford Press, pp. 176-195

Book Reviews:
Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge by Keith Kahn-Harris [Berg], Popular Music, 27 (2) May 2008, pp 338-339

Refereed conference papers:

Arbeitskreis Studium Populärer Musik (ASPM) 19th Conference. Koln, Germany. Oct-Nov 2008. Title: The Performance of Youth by the Ageing Northern Soul Fan.

International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) International 14th Biennial Conference, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico, June 2007. Title: Performing Identity on the Northern Soul Dancefloor.

Authenticity: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, University of Salford, Sept. 2006. Title: The Creation of the Authentic via the 45 rpm Northern Soul Record.

IASPM-UK and Ireland, University of Birmingham, Sept. 2006. Title: It'll Never Be Over For Me: Performing Self on the Ageing Northern Soul Scene.

IASPM-US, Middle Tennessee State University, USA, Feb 2006. Title: Relocating Records, Reconfiguring Age: Adulthood, Identity and the British Northern Soul Scene.

Perspectives on Conflict Conference, University of Salford, Sept. 2005. Title: A Conflict of Age: Identity within the Northern Soul Scene.

Royal Musical Association, University of Newcastle and University of Durham, March 2005. Title: The Questionable Home of Northern Soul.

IASPM-UK and Ireland, Limerick, April 2003. Title: Space, Locality and Music: The Divided Locality of Northern Soul.

Conference Organisation:
Authenticity: An Interdisciplinary Conference: Arts, Media and Social Sciences, University of Salford, 14-15 Sept. 2006.

Conference Panels Chaired:
IASPM-UK and Ireland, University of Birmingham, Sept. 2006. Panel: Voice, Technology and Gender Politics.

Authenticity: An Interdisciplinary Conference: Arts, Media and Social Sciences, University of Salford, Sept. 2006. Panel: Popular Music.


Dr. Nicola Smith is Lecturer in Sociology and Popular Culture, joining UWIC in September 2008. Dr. Smith has previously taught at The University of Salford (School of Media, Music and Performance), Liverpool Hope University (Dept. of Music and Dept. of Social Science) and Edge Hill University (Associate Tutor for Social and Psychological Sciences).

Dr. Smith gained a Masters in Popular Music Studies from the Institute of Popular Music (University of Liverpool) and a PhD in the sociological exploration of the British Northern Soul music scene (University of Leeds / University of Salford). Her thesis - an ethnographic investigation of Northern Soul - is an observation of (youth) cultural performance in a music scene with participant longevity.

The topic of ageing, adulthood and the master narrative of youth within popular music studies is the focus of her post-doctoral research. Other research interests include: popular dance; gender and sexuality within popular culture; audiences, fandom and spectatorship; post-subcultural theory; the performance of identity; the sociology of the self and the collective; lifestyle and commodity consumption in late-/post-modernity, and; cultures in everyday life.

Dr. Smith welcomes applications from students interested in doctoral work in her fields of research interest and teaching expertise.



Further Information

Current teaching interests:
• Cultural Sociology
• Understanding Everyday Life
• Music and Society
• Popular Culture
• Qualitative Research Methods
• Student Volunteering

Dr. Smith is also:
• Humanities Dissertation Co-ordinator
• Humanities PDP Co-ordinator
• Humanities Student Volunteering Co-ordinator