Asia as Method in Popular Music Studies

Aryandari, Citra and Seibt, Oliver and Titus, Barbara and Yamomo, Mêle (2018) Asia as Method in Popular Music Studies. In: GLOBAL RELATIONS AND POPULAR MUSIC 18 – 20 OCTOBER 2018 BERN 3RD BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE GERMAN-SPEAKING BRANCH OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF POPULAR MUSIC (IASPM D-A-CH), 18-20 Oktober 2018, Bern, Switzerland.

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This panel aims to foreground negotiations of our individual positions as music scholars in the light of ongoing public and disciplinary rearrangements of aca- demic engagement with East and South East Asian popular musics. The panel consists of Dr. Citra Aryandari (ethnomusicologist, performance scholar, film maker; InstitutSeni Indonesia/Indonesian Academy of the Arts Yogyakarta), Dr. Oliver Seibt (cultural musicologist, German working immigrant to the Netherlands, Japanophile; University of Amsterdam), Dr. Barbara Titus (cultural musicologist, self-declared cosmopolitan, hence privileged in re- searching South African and Indonesian musics; University of Amsterdam), and Dr. meLê yamomo (performance and sound scholar-artist; University of Amster- dam). We present these negotiations in monological, dialogical, and performative for- mats in order to showcase the variety and divergence, but also the shared con- cerns in our scholarly and cultural backgrounds, in the methods we employ, in the case studies we focus on as well as in the cultural and political contexts in which we (have to) carry out our research. These negotiations give rise to ques- tions that stem from shared concerns, yet offer different perspectives on the (Asian) study of (Asian) music: - To what extent has knowledge about Asian (popular) music been con- ceived and acquired for European and North-American (scholarly) needs, and to what extent should these needs be decentered? - How can and do scholars identifying themselves as “non-Asian” (re)po- sition themselves as researchers of Asian music in the increasingly strong inter-Asian scholarly networks and exchanges and constella- tions of knowledge, like the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society or the Inter-Asian Popular Music Studies Group? - What are the implications of proposing “Asia as Method” (Chen 2010). Does the study of, for instance, Berlin post-punk music using an Asian theoretical framework count as Asian studies? In consciously engaging the performativity of conference panel presentation, we reflect on the uninterrogated presumptions and socialized norms that are often rendered invisible by this social performance genre. At a disciplinary level, standardized use of rhetoric and scholastic language is expected in the scholar’s exposition of academic knowledge. Concomitantly, the audience brings into this social event (unexamined) expectations of how the knowledge 25 being presented intersects with gender, race, class, and “forms” of knowledge of the speaker.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Aryandari, Citranidn0025077901
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asian, Popular Music, race, class
Subjects: Musik > Pengkajian seni musik (musikologi dan pendidikan musik)
Karya Dosen
Divisions: Fakultas Seni Pertunjukan > Jurusan Etnomusikologi
Depositing User: Dr Citra Aryandari
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2023 06:52
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2023 06:52

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