Workshop on Cosmopolitanism, Popular Song, and Asian Musical Responses to the Cold War

All day
Through June 8, 2014

Jun. 7

Sponsors: Center for East Asian Studies (Japan Committee); Committee on Southern Asian Studies; Humanities Division Visiting Committee; Center for East Asian Studies (China Committee); Deptartment of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Deptartment of Music; and Center in Beijing.

Organizers: Michael Bourdaghs (Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago); Paola Iovene (Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago); Nisha Kommattam (Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations); and Kaley Mason (Department of Music, University of Chicago)

In the “Workshop on Cosmopolitanism, Popular Song, and Asian Musical Responses to the Cold War,” scholars from the University of Chicago and several other institutions in the U.S. and across Asia will explore the role cosmopolitanism played in Asian popular music responses to the local sociopolitical situation in the 1950s and 1960s. The closed workshop sessions will take place on the morning of June 7th and all day on June 8th joined by the following Invited Workshop Participants:

Jeroen Groenewegen-Lau, Independent Scholar独立学者                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Andrew Jones, University of California, Berkeley加州大学伯克利分校
Ward Keeler, University of Texas at Austin德克萨斯大学奥斯汀分校
Fei Liu, Peking University北京大学
Kaley Mason, University of Chicago芝加哥大学
Anna Schultz, Stanford University斯坦福大学
Shuang Shen, Penn State宾州州立大学
Hyunjoon Shin, Sungkonghoe University, South Korea韩国圣公会大学
Jiaxing Xie, China Conservatory中国音乐学院
Helan Yang, Hong Kong Baptist University香港浸会大学
Boyu Zhang, Central Conservatory of Music中央音乐学院
Qian Zhang, China Communication University中国传媒大学


Public Session, 1:30-6:00, June 7th


Jennifer Lindsay, Australia National University


Musical travels of Indonesia’s Coconut Isles and the socialist popular.


Nisha Kommattam, University of Chicago, U.S.A.

Vehicles of Progress: The Kerala Rikshawalla at the Intersection of Communism and Social Realism



J. Wan-ling Wee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

The New Asia or the Old Fractured Asia? Pop Music and the Contradictions of Imagining Contemporary Asia



Liu Sola, China

Propaganda Folk or Propaganda Kitsch: Listening Again to Tradition.

民间风格宣传品(音乐)或媚俗风格宣传品(音乐) - 再听传统


Paola Iovene, University of Chicago, U.S.A.

Goodbye Beauty/Goodbye Friend: Popular Song, Cosmopolitanism, and the Movies in 1970s China.
再见了姑娘/啊朋友再见: 70年代中国的流行歌曲、电影与世界主义


Dinner/Reception 晚餐/招待会: 6:00 – 7:00