Deadline for Conference Registration is March 18th. Registration is required for ALL attendees! Please go to the Registration Site to register.
Interest in Asian popular music—by which we are referencing both popular music in Asia itself and popular genres played by Asians outside of Asia—has grown internationally over the past decade, thanks to the global popularity of anime, video games, and other media, increased travel, and easy accessibility through the Internet, among other factors. In a world where global popular musics are decentralized into local scenes that are less influenced by North American trends than they might have been in the past, the study of Asian popular music invites negotiations among a diversity of theoretical viewpoints, methodologies, and disciplines, including globalization, gender, media and/or literary studies, anthropology, and musicology/ethnomusicology.
The conference aims to gather together scholars from a wide range of perspectives. We are also inviting musicians and music industry professionals to contribute their thoughts on their own experiences, thereby adding practical insight into the mix of scholarly discussions. In so doing, we seek to deepen our understanding of artists, musics, and scenes as perceived by fans, promoters, and academics in actual and theoretical contexts.
In addition to paper panels and discussions, the conference will include a special talk by DJ Krush—a pioneer of Japanese hip-hop and internationally known DJ/producer, known for his varied soundscapes of hip-hop beats and Japanese sonic references—followed by a performance by DJ Krush.
Richard Okada, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University
Noriko Manabe, Department of Music, Princeton University
Cameron Moore, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University