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  • Old HierarchyMusic
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  • Old HierarchyLanguage and Literature


Amanda Haste is a Franco-British researcher and academic translator and was President of NCIS from 2015 to 2022. She spent 20 years as a professional musician and music educator, and holds an MA in Musicology (with Distinction) and a PhD in Musicology; since 2015 she has been contingent faculty at Aix-Marseille University, where she has taught courses including Practical Translation, Literary Translation, and English as a Musicological Language, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her research is multidisciplinary, and encompasses music, language, and identity; and the intersections between music and spirituality in contemporary society. Dr Haste is active as a peer reviewer and editor, and currently serves as Humanities Editor of The Independent Scholar. She has presented her work at conferences in England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovenia and the USA, and has been an invited lecturer in France and Scotland. As well as journal articles and book chapters published by Routledge, Palgrave MacMillan etc. she has several substantial entries in the two-volume Women in World Religions: Faith & Culture Across History, ed. Susan de Gaia (ABC-CLIO, 2018). In 2015 Dr Haste co-edited (with Professor James Block of DePaul University, USA) a book on Constructing Identity in an Age of Globalization (Ex Modio) in which she was delighted to be able to include several independent scholars among the authors, and she co-edited Global Cuisines by Independent Scholars: A Learned Cookbook (2022). Her first monograph, Music and Identity in Twenty-First-Century Monasticism, is to be published by Routledge in 2023, and she is currently co-editing (with Linda Baines and Helen Ross) the NCIS Guide for Independent Scholars (scheduled publication 2023). Aided by an NCIS Research Grant, she is also researching her next monograph on the British Colony in Marseille 1850-1914.
As a freelance translator (French-English) and proofreader (French-English and English-English) Dr Haste specialises in academic, musical, historical and social sciences material. She holds the Diploma in Translation IoLET (Master's level) with Merit, is a member of the European Society of Translation Studies and has been awarded Chartered Linguist status by the prestigious Chartered Institute of Linguists in London; in 2022 she was also accepted as a Qualified Translator member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. From 2015 to 2022 Dr Haste taught courses in the Applied Languages and Music departments of Aix-Marseille University, France (for details see CV). She copy edited and proof read Villa-Lobos, the Music: An Analysis of His Style by L.M. Peppercorn, transl. Stefan de Haan (London: Kahn & Averill, 1991), and transcribed and translated archival material for the six-book series Convents in Exile 1600-1800, ed. Caroline Bowden (Pickering & Chatto, 2013). Her translations have been published as  academic articles and books in numerous disciplines, and she regularly transcribes and translates manuscript archival sources for researchers in history and cultural anthropology.

Current research areas: 

Music and identity, language and identity, translation in language teaching, contemporary monasticism

Recent scholarly activity: 

Constructing Identity in an Age of Globalization, ed. Amanda Haste & James Block (Paris: Ex Modio, 2015)


"This book touches one of the most controversial issues of our time, i.e. the complex field of social identities. It is an innovative work [...] which will surely become a reference for research in this field of study [and] seeks to deepen the reflection on the processes of identity formation.
Edson Luiz Andre de Sousa, Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil
"this book is well worth reading, especially the papers in Parts II and III. The range of topics is wide, including Amanda Haste's exploration of gender identity among celibate monastics expressed through their music, [...] Sperrazza’s “Arabizi: From Techno-lution to Revolution,” which deals with the phenomenon of an identity developed through language fusion and the Internet [and] Efrat Sadras-Ron’s [...] “Ethnicity as a New Model for Jewish Identities: The Case of Cuban-Jewish Identity.” Brendan Wocke examines the impact of students studying abroad in terms of their self-identification - an extension of the rootlessness/adopted roots among people such as Franz Fanon - while Frances Pheasant-Kelly draws parallels between the film Avatar and post-9/11 American politics. Some of the remaining essays concern literary pieces African women’s literature and Indian poetry, so this book offers a wide range of variations on the theme of identity. There is a thematic index, and careful NCIS readers will note that the author list contains several independent scholars."
The Independent Scholar, Vol. 1 (Dec. 2016).


Recent publications: 

2021  'Using Translation as a Pedagogical Tool in Teaching English to Musicians and Musicologists.' The Independent Scholar Vol. 8 (December 2021), pp. 33-46.
2020  ‘The British Colony in Marseille: Meeting the Challenges of Migrant Life 1850-1900.’ The Independent Scholar Vol. 6 (February 2020), pp. 21-32.
2019  ‘A Musician Abroad: Linguistic Challenges in Establishing a Musician Identity.’ Language, Identity  and Community. Lodz Studies in Language 62 (Berlin: Peter Lang, 2019), pp. 127-141.
2018  "A language 'clearly understanded of the people': The construction of an Anglo-Catholic linguistic identity." Languages of Religion: Exploring the Politics of the Sacred. Ed. Sipra Mukherjee (Routledge).
2018   All Saints and Sailors: A History of the English Church in Marseille [2014]. Third revised edition  (All Saints Anglican Church, Marseille).
2018  ‘Chastity.’ Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture across History. Ed. Susan De Gaia. Santa Barbara, CA; Denver, CO; Oxford, Great Britain: ABC-CLIO. Vol. 1, pp. 175-6.
2018  ‘Contemporary Women’s Monastic Orders.’ Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture across History. Ed. Susan De Gaia. Santa Barbara, CA; Denver, CO; Oxford, Great Britain: ABC-CLIO. Vol. 1, pp. 230-231.
2018  ‘Marriage, Divorce, Widowhood.’ Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture across History. Ed. Susan De Gaia. Santa Barbara, CA; Denver, CO; Oxford, Great Britain: ABC-CLIO. Vol. 1, pp. 213-216.
2018  ‘Monastic Life.’ Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture across History. Ed. Susan De Gaia. Santa Barbara, CA; Denver, CO; Oxford, Great Britain: ABC-CLIO. Vol. 1, pp. 227-9.
2018  ‘Mystics.’ Co-authored with Susan de Gaia. WWomen in World Religions: Faith and Culture across History. Ed. Susan De Gaia. Santa Barbara, CA; Denver, CO; Oxford, Great Britain: ABC-CLIO. Vol. 1, pp. 239-242.
2017  ‘Crossing boundaries: Establishing and communicating a cross-cultural musician identity.’  The Independent Scholar Vol. 3 (June 2017), pp. 26-45. 
2016  “Conflict and reparation: The agency of music in modern monastic community dynamics.”  Music and Arts in Action Vol. 5, Issue 2 (September 2016): 39-51.
2016  "Getting the message across: Translation issues in academic writing." The Independent Scholar Vol. 2: 18-27.
2015  Constructing Identity in an Age of Globalization, ed. James Block and Amanda Haste (Paris: Ex Modio).
2015  “A third gender?: Expression of gender identity in celibate monasticism through words and music.” Constructing Identity in an Age of Globalization (Paris: Ex Modio).
2014  "Cyberchant: Medium and message in the computerised notation of newly composed monastic music." Proceedings of the Ninth Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology - CIM14  (Berlin: National Institute of Musicological Research)
2014  “Buying into the Monastic Experience: Are Chant Recordings the Real Thing?” In The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized World, ed. Russell Cobb (New York: Palgrave MacMillan).
2013 “Prayerful silence and creative response in twenty-first-century monasticism.”  Culture and Religion. Vol. 14, Issue 3: 268-288. First published on line 30 January 2013
2012 “The Lord’s Prayer as song: Performance, gesture and meaning.” Journal of Religion, Media & Digital Culture, issue 4, volume 1 (December) 
For a complete list of publications, please see attached CV

Forthcoming research: 

Monastic Music Now: Music & Identity in Twenty-First-Century Monasticism (Routledge, forthcoming 2023)
Co-editing (with Linda Baines and Helen Ross) the NCIS Guide for Independent Scholars (2023)

Other activities: 

Academic translation (French-English)

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