Eric Debrah Otchere will be working on an ongoing project entitled Pacing within sonic spaces: a psychology of music and work. This project aims to synergize the body of knowledge on music and work to produce a composite, comprehensive understanding of this relationship. Unlike previous studies on the topic, the current project takes a multi-disciplinary approach; incorporating mostly ethnomusicological/anthropological, socio-historical and neuro-cognitive perspectives. The project explores the power of music in the context of work from an impressive bevy of scenarios ranging from group singing (as seen mostly in coordinated activities of comparably less technologically advanced societies) to more personalized/individualized settings (as seen in the use of head/ear phones). By combining empirical data from extensive fieldwork with a critical review of literature and relevant theories the monograph intends to highlight the intricate relationship between music and work by studying critically, how people pace themselves within sonic spaces.
Otchere is the current chair of the department of music and dance, University of Cape Coast (https://directory.ucc.edu.gh/p/eric-debrah-otchere). He is an Iso Lomso Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) and sits on the advisory board of The Third Chapter Project, Inc. (https://www.thirdchapter.org/african-studies-advisory-board/). His research interests cover African music education, music psychology and the use of music in everyday life. In 2020-21, Otchere is the STIAS-Iso Lomso fellow at CASBS.