Job title: Senior Lecturer, Music

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Research outputs: Dr Annette Davison on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dr Annette Davison is a musicologist specialising in audio-visual media: the history, analysis and aesthetics of music for the screen and for the stage, in particular. Much of Annette’s research attempts to understand the impact of institutions on music for screen/stage media, and she is keen develop and maintain links with practitioners and industry. 

Annette studied at City University, the University of Exeter and the University of Sheffield. After a year as Lecturer Media and Cultural Studies, she was appointed Lecturer in Music at the University of Leeds in 2000, and moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2004. 

Annette's current research concerns audiovisuality in promotional media, and includes studies of early corporate social responsibility films, a cultural history of title sequences for television serials, alongside music for short form promotional media more generally (such as, titles, teasers and trailers). More detail on the recent conference Annette organised on the topic can be found by clicking on the links below. 

Annette is also a partner on a Leverhulme Trust-funded International Network that explores The Phantom on Film — Screen Adaptations of Le Fantôme de l'Opéra: Routes of Cultural Transfer. After productive meetings in Pordenone, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong - expect exciting news and updates soon. 

Outputs include monographs, co-edited books, articles and book chapters. Recent publications concern title sequences, industrial films, and the book The Sounds of the Silents in Britain (Oxford University Press, 2012), co-edited with Dr Julie Brown (RHUL); this latter is a key output from a two year AHRC-funded network (The Sounds of the Cinema in Britain) for which Annette was co-organiser from 2009–11.

Annette is currently on the editorial boards of American Music; Music, Sound and the Moving Image; and the Journal of Film Music


  • Music - MA
  • Music - PhD/MSc by Research
  • Musicology - MMus

Research interests

  • Film music and film sound (all periods)
  • Aesthetics and politics, in relation to screen/stage media
  • Aesthetics and institutions, in relation to screen/stage media
  • Screen/stage media and adaption

PhD Supervision Topics

  • Aesthetics
  • Archival study
  • Contemporary
  • Cultural history
  •  Music for screen (TV/Film/Game)
  • Music industries
  • Opera/Theatre
  • Philosophy, Politics, Reception, Social history, Sociology, Theory and analysis
  • Twentieth century