International Musicological Society (IMS)

First Conference of the Study Group on the Global History of Music

Music in the Pacific World: Change and Exchange Through Sound and Memory

Taipei, Taiwan / Online, 14-17 October 2021



Conference Program


The conference program book can be downloaded here

(updated 19 October at 21.00 UTC+8) 

All times are local for Taipei, Taiwan (UTC+8)

NB TWN = Taiwan

Thursday, 14 October 2021


09.30-09.45: Opening Ceremony. Words of welcome by Jen-yen Chen (conference co-organizer, live), David R. M. Irving (conference co-organizer, recorded), and Fumitaka Yamauchi (chair, Graduate Institute of Musicology, National Taiwan University, live)


10.00-11.30: Individual Papers, Session 1

Intersections and Cross-Cultural Encounters I

chair: Michael Webb (University of Sydney, TWN+3)


Chun Chia Tai (University of California, Riverside, TWN-15). The Intersection of Blackness and Indigeneity in Taiwan: Aljenljeng Tjaluvie (Abao)’s Aboriginal Gospel Song “Thank You”


Joyce Chen (Princeton University, TWN-12). An Early Instance of Cross-Cultural Musicking: Critiquing the Decolonial Framework through the Lens of Dutch Formosa


Mélodie Michel (University of California, Santa Cruz, TWN-13). Coloniality of Sound and the Pacific Encounter


13.30-13.45: Words of welcome by David R. M. Irving (conference co-organizer, live) and Jen-yen Chen (conference co-organizer, live)


14.00-15.30: Individual Papers, Session 2

Circulation and Migration of Music Materials I

chair: Brian Diettrich (Victoria University Wellington, TWN+5)


Laura Case (University of Sydney, TWN+3). “Savages in general, are not sensible to the tone of string instruments”: The Violin as a Medium of Cross-cultural Exchange Between Indigenous Australians and Europeans


Ying-fen Wang (National Taiwan University, TWN+0). The Reception and Indigenization of Harmonica in Colonial Taiwan


Yuiko Asaba (University of Huddersfield, TWN-7). Cultivating the Trans-Pacific Imagination: Migration and the Circulation of the Bandoneón Between China and Japan, 1930s-1940s


19.00-21.00: Individual Papers, Session 3

Circulation and Migration of Music Materials II

chair: David R. M. Irving (ICREA & IMF-CSIC, Spain, TWN-7)

Kim F. Rockell (Komozawa University, Tokyo, TWN+1). Rondalya Interrupted: Early Flows, Asia-Pacific Distribution and Semiotic Clusters


Antonio Baldassarre (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, TWN-6). Beyond the Material: Imagining and Fabricating Colonial Cultural Identity in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century “biombos” from New Spain


Ma. Patricia Brillantes Silvestre (University of the Philippines, TWN+0). La Orquesta de Dalagas of Pandacan: Charting the Rise of the Filipina Musician and the Transmigration of the Harp into Filipino Popular Music Through Manila’s Newspapers in the Second Half of the 19th Century


Qingfan Jiang (Yale University, TWN-12). Chinese Origin and European Progress: Music, Universal History, and the French Mission in China, 1687–1793


21.00-22.00 Social Hour for All Participants (Zoom breakout rooms)


Friday, 15 October 2021


10.00-12.00: Individual Papers, Session 4

Musical Diffusion, Migration and Diaspora

chair: Arwin Quiñones Tan (University of the Philippines, TWN+0)


Ryan Gourley (University of California, Berkeley, TWN-15). Phonographic Homeland: Russian Records Across the Pacific Region


Hsiao-En Yang (National Taiwan University, TWN+0). A Filipino Migrant Musician in Taiwan: Ben Rigor and His Jazz Identity


Alan Maddox (University of Sydney, TWN+3). Music, Place and Identity in the British Penal Settlement on Norfolk Island


Michael Webb (University of Sydney, TWN+3). Sovereignty Songs: Théo Ménango and the “musical making of the future” in 1980s Kanaky/New Caledonia


14.00-16.00: Special Session

Sound Knowledge: Onto-Epistemological Explorations in the Western Pacific Island World

team research project directed by Birgit Abels

chair: Birgit Abels (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, TWN-6)

19.00-20.30: Plenary Session

The World’s Largest Ocean in Global Music History: Interpretive and Conceptual Challenges Across Disciplines

invited speakers: David Armitage (Harvard University, TWN-12), Dan Bendrups (La Trobe University, TWN+3), James Revell Carr (University of Kentucky, TWN-12), Frederick Lau (Chinese University of Hong Kong, TWN+0)

respondents: Yuiko Asaba (University of Huddersfield, TWN-7), Hannah Hyun Kyong Chang (University of Sheffield, TWN-7), Qingfan Jiang (Yale University, TWN-12), Yuanyu Kuan (Academia Sinica, Taipei, TWN+0)

chair: Ma. Alexandra Iñigo Chua (University of Santo Tomás, TWN+0)


21.00-23.00: Individual Paper Session 5

Performing Arts and Fluid Sensibilities

chair: Hannah Hyun Kyong Chang (University of Sheffield, TWN-7)


Fritz Schenker (St. Lawrence University, TWN-12). Forming a Pacific Ocean Jazz Economy


Birgit Abels & Sebastian Hachmeyer (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, TWN-6). Sound Knowledge of Moana: Performing Arts in Micronesia and the Fluidic Sensibilities Inherent in Oceanic Connection


Matteo Gallo (Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris, TWN-6). The Pathway of Kaneka Music, Through Space and Time


Brenda Marina Ayala Estrada (National Autonomous University of Mexico, TWN-13). Sayonara vatos locos! We are Living La Vida Loca through Hip-Hop: The Chicano Subculture in Japan


Saturday, 16 October 2021


10.00-12.00: Individual Paper Session 6

Trans-Pacific Networks of Performances

chair: Makoto Harris Takao (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, TWN-12)


José Manuel Izquierdo König (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, TWN-11). Early Latin American Encounters with Japanese Performing Arts: The Satsuma Company of Acrobatics and Music (1871–1873)


Amanda Harris (University of Sydney, TWN+3). Trans-Pacific Networks and Festivals of Music and Dance, 1965–1973


Boris Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong, TWN+0). Representing Asianness Through Band Sound: Performances by the Singapore Armed Forces Band in International Military Tattoos


Hee-Sun Kim (Kookmin University, TWN+1). Multi-faceted Meanings of the “Modernization of Traditional Korean Music” Through Musical Travels Across the Pacific Ocean


14.00-15.30: Individual Paper Session 7

Circulation and Transformation of Musical Genres

chair: Yuiko Asaba (University of Huddersfield, TWN-7)


John Gabriel (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, TWN+3). Pirates, Petroleum, and Prelapsarian Fantasy: The South Pacific in the Musical Imaginary of Weimar Republic Germany


Tokiko Inoue (Ochanomizu University, TWN+1). Reception, Transformation, and Localization of Opera Repertoire in East Asia in the Early 20th Century


Alexandra Leonzini (University of Cambridge, TWN-7). Short, Dark, and Evil: The Orientalization of Japan in North Korean Revolutionary Opera


19.00-20.30: Individual Paper Session 8

Musical Exchanges in Hybrid Cultures

chair: Alan Maddox (University of Sydney, TWN+3)


Travis Seifman (University of Tokyo, TWN+1). Ryukyuan Uzagaku Court Music: High Ritual Traditions from Ming/Qing Entertainment Culture


Alexander M. Cannon (University of Birmingham, TWN-7). Exploring Daoist Approaches to Music Expression in Contemporary Vietnamese Music for Diversion


Geoffroy Colson (University of Lille, TWN-6). Hīmene Tahiti: History and Key Drivers of a Creative Musical Synthesis in French Polynesia


21.00-22.15: Keynote Lecture, Gabriel Solis (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, TWN-13)

Singing the Black Pacific: Global Music History and the Challenge of the Pacific

chair: Jen-yen Chen (National Taiwan University, TWN+0)


Sunday, 17 October 2021


10.00-12.00: Roundtable 1

History, Social Experience, and Local Memory from the Late-19th Century: Towards a Decolonization of Philippine Music Historiography

chair: Ma. Alexandra Iñigo Chua (University of Santo Tomás, TWN+0)


Ma. Alexandra Iñigo Chua (University of Santo Tomás, TWN+0). Danza Habanera to Danza Filipina: Transcultural Hybridity in Nineteenth-Century Global Modernity


Arwin Quiñones Tan (University of the Phillipines, TWN+0). Music as Social Capital: The Impresarios of Manila’s Musical Scene of the Late Nineteenth-Century


Isidora Miranda (Vanderbilt University, TWN-13). Zarzuela to Sarsuwela and the Rise of the Middlebrow


Jose Semblante Buenconsejo (University of the Philippines, TWN+0). The Zarzuela in Cebu: The Aesthetics of Piux Kabahar’s Sarsuyla or Dulang Hinonihan (1917-1929)


14.00-15.30: Individual Paper Session 9

Intersections and Cross-Cultural Encounters II

chair: Jose Semblante Buenconsejo (University of the Phillipines, TWN+0)


Brian Diettrich (Victoria University Wellington, TWN+5). The Sea-Openings of Waamataw: Reimagining the Sung Histories of Ocean Places


Amanda Hsieh (Chinese University of Hong Kong, TWN+0). Listening to German-Japanese Relations through Felix Weingartner’s Die Dorfschule (1919)


Hui-Ping Lee (Tokyo University of the Arts, TWN+1). The Pan-Asianisms of Fumio Hayasaka (1914–1955) and Akira Nishimura (b. 1953)


19.00-20.00 Social Hour for Graduate Students and Early-Career Scholars (Zoom breakout rooms)


20.00-21.30: Roundtable 2

Musics and Trans-Pacific Relations During the Cold War

chair: Diau-Long Shen (National Tsing Hua University, TWN+0)


Diau-Long Shen (National Tsing Hua University, TWN+0). Unallied Double Musical Propaganda of “Free China”


Hye-Jung Park (Texas, USA, TWN-13). Solidarity Across the Color Line: Sonic Representations of Blackness in Cold War China


Min-erh Wang (University of Oxford, TWN-7). Music as Political Commitment: A Case Study of the Reception History of Pablo Casals in Japan, Taiwan, and China in the Early Cold War


David Wilson (University of Chicago, TWN-13). Entangled Footwork: Revolutionary China’s Local Performances in the Global Cold War


21.30-21.45: Closing Ceremony


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