Dr Marilou Polymeropoulou

marilou polymeropoulou


Research Associate

Marilou completed a doctorate from the University of Oxford (St. Peter’s College, Faculty of Music) sponsored by the State Scholarships Foundation in Greece, holds two postgraduate degrees in anthropology and media and communications from University College London and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) respectively, and an undergraduate degree in music studies from the NKUA.

Her doctoral project was an ethnography of an online and transnational network of musicians who compose a type of electronic music called chipmusic. Marilou used an interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological framework to study the chipscene adopting and adapting elements from anthropology, relational sociology, and ethnomusicology.

Marilou is engaged in research and writing (see below), teaching (University of Oxford, secondary education), and is a Link Officer at the LGBT+ Staff network at the University of Oxford.


Chipmusic: a study of creativity as understood and negotiated in the chipscene network particularly in relation to performance, copyright, and authenticity of chipmusic.

Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies & Transforming Musicology (e-Research Centre, Oxford): principles of design ethnography in the scientific production and user experience of music-related software and hardware.

Dead Things: a poetic examination of the social life of things that are forgotten, lost, left behind, and recycled, only to be discovered in the streets.


Song Collectors Collective: Visualisation expert, song collector
Musicpreneur Hub: anthropology and sociology of music consultant
Christabel Etheriel: music composition and performance

Research/teaching/supervision interests: online communities, social networks, creativity, ethnography of processes of production, gender, music, material culture, epistemology.

Selected publications

(under consideration) Le savoir des limites : pratiques du hacking et idéologies de la créativité dans la chipmusic, Gradhiva : Revue d’anthropologie et d’histoire des arts.

(forthcoming) ‘Network Systems Analysis’, ‘Fieldwork’, and ‘Ethics’. In: J. Sturman and G. Golson, (eds.) The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture, New York: Sage.

(2017) Digital Music Creativity: Chipmusic in/from Greece. In: D. Tragaki, (ed.) Global Popular Music. London: Routledge. (forthcoming)

(2016) Networks and Alliances against the Islamisation of Europe: the Case of the Counter-Jihad Movement (co-authored with Tsagkroni, V. and Lazaridis, G.) In: G. Lazaridis and G. Campani (eds.) Understanding the Populist Shift: Othering in a Europe in Crisis. London: Routledge

(2016) Networked Creativity: Ethnographic Perspectives on Chipmusic and the Chipscene. Unpublished Diss., University of Oxford.

(2016) Book review: Christine Hine (2015) Ethnography for the Internet: Embedded, Embodied and Everyday. London: Bloomsbury. Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford

(2015) Website review ‘Tobar an Dualchais’. In Yearbook for Traditional Music, 45

(2015) “Passion for the machine”: Europe in 8 bits features the world of chipmusic. Norient (Jan. 2015).

(2014) Chipmusic, Fakebit and the Discourse of Authenticity in the Chipscene. WiderScreen, 1

(2012) Using Online/Offline Methods: an Ethnography of Chipmusic and its Scene. In: Ethnography Matters.

(2011) The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music and Listening through the Noise Comparative book review. Current Musicology, 90 (Fall 2010)

(2011) An Introduction to Chipmusic. International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US Branch) blog. 


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