Anthony McCann is from Warrenpoint, County Down, in
He currently holds a permanent position as a lecturer in Contemporary Folk Culture at the
Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages of the University of Ulster, Magee campus (Derry/Londonderry).
He has research interests in intellectual property, popular
music, traditional culture, Irish studies, philosophy, social
psychology, education, alternative media, and critical management studies, among
His academic awards include the Charles Seeger Prize for
Ethnomusicology, a Fulbright Award, and a Government of
In 1999 he served as Assistant Co-coordinator and temporary
Project Co-coordinator of the UNESCO/Smithsonian World
Conference, "A Global Assessment of the 1989 Recommendation on
the Safeguarding of Traditional Culture and Folklore: Local
Empowerment and International Cooperation" (proceedings).
During 2002-2003 he undertook a Post-doctoral Research
Fellowship at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural
Heritage, where he further explored issues raised in his
Anthony has taught at the University of Limerick, the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of
Sheffield, and Sheffield Hallam University.
He enjoys singing, writes the odd song, and plays various
instruments enthusiastically (with varying degrees of
He would like to be a practising beginner in aikido, but he lives quite a distance from the dojo.
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