SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Research Students (MPhil, PhD) in the Music Department








Saeid Kordmafi
Saeid Kordmafi

"Time Organization in Classical Music of the Arab Mashriq: a Historical- Analytical Study on the Theory and Practice of Īqā‘ in the Modern Eastern Mediterranean"



Emily Sayers
Emily Janet Sayers

Cognitive Aspects of North Indian Classical Music: How Children Learn to Compose and Improvise in an Oral Tradition




Recently Awarded PhDs

  • Philip Alexander Sounding Jewish in Berlin: Klezmer Musical Practice, Historical Memory and the Contemporary City
  • Ruard W. Absaroka Hidden Musicians and Public Musicking in Shanghai
  • Morgan Davies Musical Knowledge of the Langas and Manganiyars
  • Deirdre A. Morgan Speaking in Tongues: Music, Identity, and Representation in Jew's Harp Communities 
  • Gavin Walker Communicating Crisis: Musical Effervescence in South African HIV/AIDS Interventions
  • Nan Ma A Case Study of Chinese (Mainland China) Music Industries' Revenue Protection within The Digital Environment
  • Violeta Ruano-Posada "Sahara Ma Timbah" ("The Sahara Is Not for Sale") Music, Resistance, and Exile in Saharawi Culture
  • Cassandre Balosso-Bardin The Mallorcan Bagpipes (Xeremies): An Anthropological Portrait of an Instrument
  • Great Lekakul Prachan: Music, Competition, and Conceptual Fighting in Thai Culture
  • Manuel Jiminez Bamboo Power: Performance in Gamelan Jegog and comparisons with UK gamelan performance
  • Sheng-Shih Chi The Role of Popular Music in the Negotiation of Taiwanese Identity
  • Joseph Browning Cosmopolitan Natures: Music, Materiality and Place in the Global Shakuhachi Scene
  • Flora Henderson Contemporary composition for shakuhachi and western instruments: timbral gesturality in the analysis of cross-cultural music
  • Hyun Seok Kwon Cultural Globalization and the Korean Promotion Policy for Music Based on Tradition: A Study of the Activation Plan and Its Background
  • Hyelim Kim Winds of Change: Tradition and Creativity in Korean Taegum Flute Performance
  • Min Yen Ong Kunqu in 21st Century China - Musical Change and Amateur Practices
  • Chloe Alaghband-Zadeh Analysing thumri
  • Jutamas Poprasit The role of music in Thai funeral rituals in contemporary Bangkok: its history, performance and transmission
  • Kiku Day  Remembrance of Things Past: The Archaic Shakuhachi in Contemporary Contexts
  • Nicoletta Demetriou  The Fones Discourse: Ideology and Practice in Greek Cypriot Folk Music
  • Saida Daukeyeva Dombra Performance, Meaning and Memory among Mongolian Kazakhs
  • Jyotsna Joanne Latrobe Red Earth Song: Marai Kirtan of Rarh: Devotional singing and the performance of ecstacy in the Purulia District, Bengal, India
  • Hyelim Kim Winds of Change: Tradition and Creativity in Korean Taegum Flute Performance
  • Hyun Seok Kwon Cultural Globalization and the Korean Promotion Policy for Music Based on Tradition: A Study of the Activation Plan and Its Background
  • Cloris Lim Nanyin Musical Culture in Southern Fujian, China: Adaptation and Continuity
  • Sara McGuinness  Grupo Lokito: A practice-based investigation into contemporary links between Congolese and Cuban popular music
  • Christian Mau Situating the Myoan Kyokai: A Study of Suizen and the Fuke Shakuhachi
  • Moshe Morad  Music as a ‘Space’ of Identity, Interaction and Escapism, among Gay Men in Special-period Havana
  • Min Yen Ong Kunqu in 21st Century China - Musical Change and Amateur Practices
  • Sung-Hee Park Patronage and Creativity in Seoul: The Late 18th to late 19th Century Urban Middle Class and Its Vocal Music
  • Jutamas Poprasit  The role of music in the Thai funeral ritual in contemporary Bangkok: its history, performance and transmission
  • Sabina Rakcheyeva  Music as Cultural Diplomacy: A Personal Journey Using Improvisation as a Creative Tool
  • Jung Rock Seo Ancient Korean and Japanese Court Dance: Historical Relationship and Transmission: Case of Ch'oyongmu and Nasori
  • William Sumits The evolution of the maqam tradition in Central Asia: from the theory of 12 maqam to the practice of shashmaqam
  • Shzr Ee Tan  Ecosystems of Amis Aboriginal Song in Taiwan
  • Ilana Webster-Kogen  The Azmari Paradox: Ethnicity, Identity, and Migration in Ethiopian-Israeli Music
  • Anna Yates-Lu P'ansori Today: Reconciling Tradition and Creativity in Modern Society
  • Chloe Zadeh  Analysing Thumri
  • Sun Zhuo  The Chinese Zheng Zither: 20th - 21st Century Transformations