SIM-Forschungskolloquium: Music, Modernity and Mobility

Veranstaltungsdatum: 04.07.2023
Ort der Veranstaltung: Curt-Sachs-Saal

Hong Kong-based researcher John Lam speaks about historiographical strategies based on the "China-Europe-Japan Triangle" in musicology. Start: 2.30 p.m. Lecture and discussion in English

Glasbausteine im Musikinstrumenten-Museum

In the early decades of the twentieth century, German music conservatories and universities nurtured young talents from East Asia. What kinds of cultural exchanges took place in Berlin and Leipzig? In what ways did the East-Asian students interact with important figures in music and various academic fields? To what extent did those fields overlapped with and transformed each other? Against the backdrop of Hugo Riemann’s Musik-Lexikon with an evolving entry on Chinese and Japanese music up to the ninth edition (1919), this research colloquium draws on diverse archival findings and presents some ideas about historiographical strategies based on the focal point: "China-Europe-Japan triangle".

Hong Kong-based researcher John Lam Chun-fai visits the Staatliche Institut für Musikforschung for three months, undertaking a project entitled, "Twentieth-century music theory and composition in flux: Trilateral interactions between China and Japan with Germany". With an emphasis on comprehensive musicianship and intercultural dynamics between Europe and East Asia, his endeavours aim to contribute toward emergent approaches to non-linear historiography in music studies. Grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Japan Foundation serve to support his post-doctoral research in Leipzig, Tokyo and Kyoto since 2021. This time in Berlin, he is grateful for a fruitful experience in archival investigation, academic writing as well as instrumental practice.

Start: 2.30 p.m.
Curt-Sachs-Saal, Musikinstrumenten-Museum, Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung, Entrance Ben-Gurion-Straße, 10785 Berlin

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