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SOAS China Institute

Gender in Chinese Music

Gender In Chinese Book cover

Date: 11 March 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 11 March 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: G52

Type of Event: Book Launch


Join the Department of Music and SOAS China Institute for the book launch of 'Gender in Chinese Music' by Rachel Harris, Rowan Pease & Shzr Ee Tan eds. (2013) Rochester: University of Rochester Press.

There will be a 'Roundtable Discussion' on the topic: “What can studying music tell us about gender in China?” with the editors, in conversation with Tsai Weipin (RHUL)

Followed by a wine reception and live Kunqu performance of extraordinary female roles by Kathy Hall

Gender in Chinese Music

Village ritualists, international classical pianists, pop idols, and professional mourners -- whether they perform in temples, on concert stages, or in TV shows, Chinese musicians continually express and negotiate their gendered identities. Gender in Chinese Music brings together contributions from ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, and literary scholars to explore how gender is not only manifested in the diverse musical traditions of Chinese culture but also constructed through performing and observing these traditions.

Individual chapters examine unique music cultures ranging from those of courting couples in China's heartlands to ethnic minority singers in the borderlands, and from Ming-period courtesans to contemporary karaoke hostesses. The book also features interviews with musicians, music industry workers, and fans talking about gender.

Organiser: SOAS China Institute and Department of Music

Contact email: sci@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4894