School of Social and Political Science

Lisa McCormick

Job Title

Senior Lecturer

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Room number

6.29

Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15a George Square

City (Address)

Edinburgh

Post code (Address)

EH8 9LD

Background

Previous appointments

  • 2008 - 2015 Assistant Professor, Haverford College, USA (tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2015)
  • 2007 - 2008 Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of Lethbridge, Canada

Qualifications

  • PhD in Sociology, Yale University
  • MPhil in Sociology, Yale University
  • MA in Sociology, Yale University
  • MPhil in Music: Performance and Interpretation, University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar, Prairies & Corpus Christi)
  • BA in Sociology, summa cum laude, Rice University
  • BMus in Cello Performance, summa cum laude, Rice University

Selected publications

2020. "Marking Time in Lockdown: Heroization and Ritualization in the UK During the Coronavirus Pandemic." American Journal of Cultural Sociology.  https://doi.org/10.1057/s41290-020-00117-8‚Äã

2020. "Classical Music Competitions as Complex Performances." In: Stark, David (ed.) The Performance Complex:  Competition and Competitions in Social Lifepp. 78-95.

2019. “Moving Beyond Production: Ron Eyerman and the Cultural Sociology of the Arts.” American Journal of Cultural Sociology. 7(2): 247-259.

2018. “Pogorelich at the Chopin: Towards a Sociology of Competition Scandals.” The Chopin Review 1: 52-73.

2015. "The Agency of Dead Musicians." Contemporary Social Science. (Special issue on social death).

2015. Performing Civility: International Competitions in Classical Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2015. "Performance Perspectives." in John Shepherd and Kyle Devine (Eds.) The Routledge Reader in the Sociology of Music. London: Routledge.

2014. "Tuning in or Turning Off: Performing Emotion and Building Cosmopolitan Solidarity in International Music Competitions." Ethnic and Racial Studies. 37(12): 2261-2280.

2012. "Music Sociology in a New Key." in Jeffrey Alexander, Ronald Jacobs, and Philip Smith (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 722-742.

2009. "Higher, Faster, Louder: Representations of the International Music Competition." Cultural Sociology, 3(1):5-30. (Awarded the SAGE prize in excellence and/or innovation)

Research interests

Research themes

Research interests

Cultural Sociology, sociology of music, Social theory, civil society, performance theory, death

My work in cultural sociology can be divided into two themes. The first, music and civility, includes my research on international classical music competitions and symphonic diplomacy. The second, music and death, includes my research on the dead composer cult in classical music, the expanding range of music played at contemporary funerals, and the role of sound technologies in the transformation of mourning. What unites these two strands is my interest in meaning and performance.

For a full CV, please go to my profile on academia.edu.

Topics interested in supervising

I would be most helpful to students interested in culture (broadly conceived), music sociology and sociology of the arts; other areas in which I have expertise are microsociology (self, identity and interaction) and the sociology of death. I am most interested in working with postgraduate students pursuing theoretically-driven projects who want to use qualitative methods in their research.

If you are interested in being supervised by Lisa McCormick, please see the links below (opening in new windows) for more information:

Works within

Staff Hours and Guidance

Semester 2 in 2020-2021: Thursdays 14:00-16:00

To book an appointment with me, please use my bookings page.

Publications by user content

Publication Research Explorer link
Mccormick L. Marking time in lockdown: Heroization and ritualization in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. 2020 Oct 17. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41290-020-00117-8
Mccormick L. Book review: Anna Bull, Class, Control, and Classical Music. Sociology. 2020 Oct 1;54(5):1049-1050. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038520943113
McCormick L, Thumala Olave MA, Prior N. Editors’ Introduction. Cultural Sociology. 2020 Sep 1;14(3):211-212. https://doi.org/10.1177/1749975520922172
Mccormick L. Competitions as Complex Performances. In Stark D, editor, The Performance Complex: Competition and Competitions in Social Life. Oxford University Press. 2020
Mccormick L. The performative power of ideas: Jeffrey Alexander as an iconic intellectual. Sociologia and Anthropologia. 2019 Apr;9(1). https://doi.org/10.1590/2238-38752019v9113
Mccormick L. Moving beyond production: Ron Eyerman and the cultural sociology of the arts. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. 2019 Mar 27;1-13. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41290-019-00072-z
Mccormick L. Pogorelich at the Chopin: Towards a sociology of competition scandals. The Chopin Review. 2018 May 8;1(1):1-16.
Prior N, Darmon I, Mccormick L. Tracing, Making and Locating Cultural Sociology. Cultural Sociology. 2017 Jun 6;11(1):3-10. https://doi.org/10.1177/1749975516687486
McCormick L. The agency of dead musicians. Contemporary Social Science. 2015 Nov 26;10(3):323-335. https://doi.org/10.1080/21582041.2015.1114664
McCormick L. Performing Civility: International Competitions in Classical Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 299 p. (Cambridge Cultural Social Studies). https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781316181478
McCormick L. Performance Perspectives. In Shepherd J, Devine K, editors, The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music. London: Routledge. 2015. p. 117-125. 11
McCormick L. Don’t play it again, Sam. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. 2014 Jun 1;2(2):260-265. https://doi.org/10.1057/ajcs.2014.2
McCormick L. Tuning in or turning off: Performing emotion and building cosmopolitan solidarity in international music competitions. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 2014;37(12):2261-2280. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2014.934262
Atkinson P, McCormick L. Stephanie Taylor and Karen Littleton, Contemporary Identities of Creativity and Creative Work. Qualitative Research. 2013 Dec 1;13(6):754-756. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794113503099
McCormick L. Book Review: Claudio E. Benzecry, The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession. Cultural Sociology. 2012 Sep 1;6(3):387-389. https://doi.org/10.1177/1749975512445538a
McCormick L. Music sociology in a new key. In Alexander JC, Jacobs R, Smith P, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2012. p. 722-742. Chapter 27. (Oxford Handbooks).
McCormick L. Review of “Sound Moves: iPod Culture and Urban Experience” by Michael Bull. Canadian Journal of Sociology. 2010;35(1):208-211.
McCormick L. Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image. Contemporary Sociology. 2009 Jul 1;38(4):314-316. https://doi.org/10.1177/009430610903800405
McCormick L. New fish on the block. Contexts. 2009 May 1;8(2):62-64. https://doi.org/10.1525/ctx.2009.8.2.62
McCormick L. Higher, Faster, Louder: Representations of the International Music Competition. Cultural Sociology. 2009 Mar 1;3(1):5-30. https://doi.org/10.1177/1749975508100669
McCormick L. Music as social performance. In Eyerman R, McCormick L, editors, Myth, Meaning and Performance: Toward a New Cultural Sociology of the Arts. London: Paradigm Publishers. 2006. p. 121-144
Eyerman R, McCormick L. Introduction. In Myth, Meaning and Performance: Toward a New Cultural Sociology of the Arts. London: Paradigm Publishers. 2006. p. 1-11
Eyerman R, McCormick L. Myth, meaning and performance: Toward a new cultural Sociology of the Arts. London: Paradigm Publishers, 2006. 172 p.