Amanda Haste is a British researcher and academic translator currently based in France, and has been President of NCIS since July 2015. After 20 years as a professional musician and music educator she resumed her studies and gained an MA in Musicology (with Distinction) in 1997 at the University of Exeter, and in 2009 was awarded her PhD in Musicology from the University of Bristol. She is an adjunct professor at Aix-Marseille University, where she teaches several courses in Translation and British Musical Culture and Expression at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her research is multidisciplinary, and encompasses identity, gender studies, performativity and the intersections between music and spirituality in contemporary society. She is currently researching the 'British Colony' in Marseille, drawing not only on historical sources but also on the ever-expanding literature on - and her own experience of - the issues faced by ex-patriates.
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, Belgium, Austria, France, Germany, Poland and the USA. An invited lecturer, she was a keynote speaker at the 2014 History of Women Religious conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work has been published in Culture & Religion, the Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, Music and Arts in Action and The Independent Scholar and she has also several substantial dictionary entries appearing in the two-volume Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions, ed. Susan de Gaia (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming). Her book chapters include those on authenticity of the musical product in The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized World, ed. Russell Cobb (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), the construction of an Anglo-Catholic linguistic identity in Languages of Religion, ed. Sipra Mukherjee (Routledge, forthcoming), and the projection of gender identity through music in Constructing Identity in an Age of Globalization (Ex Modio, 2015), which Dr Haste co-edited with Professor James Block of DePaul University, USA. Constructing Identity is a collection of essays on identities, for which Dr Haste was delighted to be able to include several independent scholars among the authors.
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 of the prestigious Chartered Institute of Linguists in London, England; she currently teaches several courses in translation at 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 of academic articles in the fields of linguistics, nuclear science, biodiversity and energy production have been published in leading journals, and she has recently been engaged in translating or copy-editing grant applications and academic job applications for doctoral students in England, France and the U.S, as well as theses in history and culutural anthropology.
Current research areas:
Identity, authenticity, creative response, ritual and performance, translation studies
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).
[in press] "A language 'clearly understanded of the people': The construction of an Anglo-Catholic linguistic identity
1850-2015." Languages of Religion. Ed. Sipra Mukherjee (Routledge, forthcoming).
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 (September 2016): 18-27.
2016 All Saints and Sailors: A History of the English Church in Marseille . Revised edition (All Saints Anglican Church, Marseille)
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.” In Constructing Identity in an Age of Globalization
(Paris: Ex Modio).
2014 "Cyberchant: Medium and message in the computerised notation of newly composed monastic music."
In 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
Pursuing research on the 'British Colony' in Marseille (France) through the prism of All Saints' Anglican Church, Marseille.
Academic translation (French-English)
NCIS President Nov 2016 to Nov 2018
NCIS Acting President July 2015 to Nov 2016
NCIS Vice President March 2015 to Nov 2016
Chair of Review Committee for the Elizabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize (2016)
Humanities Editor, The Independent Scholar (2015-present)
Chair of NCIS Grant Awards Committee (2015-present)
Chair of NCIS Review Committee (2015-present)
Member of NCIS Board of Directors (2014-present)