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Workshop with Oliver Seibt on Japanese popular music,

Musicological Seminar, Georg August University Göttingen,

November 24th, 2011  

Lecture and Workshop

Philip V. Bohlman (University of Chicago)

Dynamic Diasporas -
The Song of Zion in South Asia

Public Lecture

Monday, July 4th, 2011, 7 - 9 pm

KJC, Room 212

Transcultural Musicking? On the Usefulness of a
Controversial Concept for Studying Asian (Popular) Musics

Workshop (Registration required)

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011, 4:30 s.t. - 8 pm

KJC, Room 112

Philip V Bohlman
is the Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor of Music and the Humanities at the Department of Music, University of Chicago. He has written extensively on Jewish Music around the world, and is also the author of the volume on "World Music" in the Oxford University Press series "A Very Short Introduction".

Both events will take place at the

Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies (KJC)
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
69115 Heidelberg Germany    

For further information and registration for the workshop, please contact:

Dr. Oliver Seibt (

Guest Lecture by Oliver Seibt

Documenting visual-kei, or:
How to do (music) ethnography in heterotopia

May 10th, 2011

Maison d’analyse des processus sociaux
Université de Neuchâtel

Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS)

Panel “Music making people move” -

The travelling production and consumption of Asian pop musics


April 1, 2011, Honolulu, Hawaii



Eve Leung, SOAS
Patrick Frölicher, B2
Michael Fuhr, B2
Oliver Seibt, B2
Discussant: Anthony Fung, Chinese University, Hong Kong

Panel Abstract

Visual-kei fans from Germany travelling to Japan to see their idols live on stage; British bhangra DJs going “back home” to India to perform and record, South Koreans living abroad becoming K-Pop stars in their homeland, Siberian rock musicians entering the world music circuit, Uzbek estrada stars being more popular in China than in Uzbekistan - the increasingly delocalized modalities of production and circulation of various Asian popular music forms have indeed generated new ways of “making people move”. Starting from various examples of such transnationally flowing musics, this panel explores how people in different locales make sense of the musical flows they experience in their everyday lives. Where and how do people encounter these musical flows? Where are their borders? Which role do fan clubs play, and which one the various media, in some places no longer bound geographically, in others hardly accessible at all? Who is consuming K-Pop in Germany or Punjabi Pop in India and Great Britain in the first place? Does the nation-state still play a role in channelling or blocking musical flows? Which are fault lines and conflicts arising between different “interpretive communities”? Which are the discourses shaping the social practices triggered by the musical flows?

These are some of the question we address in this panel. By presenting case studies form different parts of Asia we hope to contribute to a broader understanding of the affects and effects of musical circulations and the potentials and limitations these musical flows can yield.


Takayasu Keisuke (Ehime University)

Art Music in the Japanese Context -

On the Dialectics of the Traditional and the Avant-garde


Thursday, February 3rd, 2011, 6-8 pm


Institute for Chinese Studies, Room 201 (2nd Floor)
Akademiestraße 4-8
69117 Heidelberg

Keisuke Takayasu is Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory at Ehime University in Japan. He studied at Osaka University, where he wrote his dissertation on Adorno’s aesthetics of music. His research interests cover modernist aesthetics, design history and avant-garde music, focusing on the dialectic relationship between the traditional and the modern in the aesthetic evaluation of art.
Prof Takayasu has been a Visiting Professor at the Cluster for Project B2 “Creative Dissonances - Musical Flows in a Global Context” during the winter term 2010/11.

Film Screening and Workshop with Dr Thomas Burkhalter



Film Screening:

January 19th, 2011, 6 - 8 pm, KJC, Room 212



January 20th, 2011, 2:30 - 6 pm, KJC, Room 121


British Asian musicians talk about  the history of their music in Great Britain, the music business,  their own position in British society and their future visions.  They also give us a glimpse at the various music styles they  represent, such as bhangra, worldfusion-cyberpunk, break beats  and other kinds of popular music, in which they often combine  modern technology and traditional instruments and sounds.
This documentary film has been produced by Thomas Burkhalter  and Michael Spahr.

Dr. Thomas Burkhalter [*1973], an ethnomusicologist and music journalist from Bern (Switzerland), runs the research project «Global Niches – Music in a transnational World» at the Zurich University of the Arts. His dissertation «Creating Sense out of Chaos: New Sounds from Beirut« researched empirically experimental and popular music in Lebanon (University of Bern and Oldenburg, 2009).

Burkhalter wrote articles and produced radio features on music, culture and politics in Beirut, Istanbul, Cairo, Bamako, Duschanbe, Belgrade and other cities for Swiss and German newspapers, magazines and radio stations (New Zurich Newspaper, Swiss National Radio DRS2, Die Zeit, SWR2, …), and for academic journals.

Burkhalter co-directed the documentary film «Buy More Incense» (2002) about Indian and Pakistani musicians of second and third generation in the UK with Michael Spahr.  

As a curator and concert organiser (e.g. norient Musikfilm Festival), artist (e.g. audio-visual performances «Sonic Traces» with norient), cultural funder (music committee of the Canton of Bern, Switzerland (since 2010), committee of ArtLink, and board of trustees of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, 2002-2010), and tour agent (Bhangra band DCS, 2002-2004), he is trying to gain more and more knowledge about the processes of musical practise and distribution in today’s globalized, digitalized and urbanized world.

Thomas Burkhalter is the founder and editor-in-chief of norient – Independent Network for Local and Global Sounds.  

The Rocktigers: Kimchibilly from Seoul
Peter Singh, Swansea


“Lock’N’Loll Is Here To Stay”

Stereotyping, Domesticating and Inventing

Popular Musics in/of Asia

International Workshop and Lectures at the
Karl-Jaspers-Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies,

Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”,
University of Heidelberg,
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400  (Room 212, Second Floor)

August 5th-August 7th 2010

“Asia is the romping place of uncreative copycats!” – “People from East Asia are unable to pronounce ‘r’, they say ‘l’ instead. ”Stereotypes like these have always underpinned Western perceptions of Asian societies in general and they certainly inform Western views of Asian popular music. Since popular music is of Western, not of Asian origin, that much seems clear! As undifferentiated or even wrong as they are, stereotypes apparently are inevitable in every encounter with other societies and musics. But are they just misleading representations that must be corrected, or do they sometimes act as catalysts for creative responses? How is knowledge about the others’ music, that might counteract such stereotypes, actually transferred between different societies? Are not stereotypes themselves a form of cultural knowledge? What exactly happens and what are the motivations when one society domesticates the music of another? When does music, which originally stems from another society, become music of one’s own so that creating it becomes invention instead of domestication? And finally, is its origin always of importance when people perform, listen to and talk about music? These are the main topics that will be discussed in the workshop "Lock‘N‘Loll Is Here To Stay: Stereotyping, Domesticating and Inventing Popular Musics in/of Asia". 

For the official program folder, please click here:   


We will report live from the workshop on Facebook!
Please join our group, if you're interested:!/group.php?gid=146621682020132

And here you find the...

Official Workshop Poster  

Thursday, 5.8.2010

18:00 - 18:15  Welcome address by Barbara Mittler and
                     Dorothea Redepenning, Heidelberg

18:15 - 19:45    Key note lecture I by Mitsui Tôru, Kanazawa
"How Knowledge about Popular Music of the West Was
Transferred to Japan: A Historical Survey”

Friday, 6.8.2010

09:15 - 18:30    Workshop

18:30 - 19:30    Key note lecture II by Iwabuchi Koichi, Tokyo          
"The Global Governance of Media Culture and Cross-Border Dialogue in East-Asia”

Saturday, 7.8.2010

09:30 - 17:30   Workshop

17:30 - 19:30    Joint key note discussion by Alison Arnold, Raleigh,
and Andrew Killick, Sheffield

"Encyclopedias as a Means of Knowledge Transfer of (Popular) Music"

Project-Panel B2

"Creative Dissonances: Music in a Global Context"
at the 2nd Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference

Hong Kong, June 23rd 2010

Patrick Frölicher, B2
Michael Fuhr, B2
Maria Gradjan, D11 “Hidden Grammars of Transculturality”
Oliver Seibt, B2


Minoru Miki





by Professor Minoru Miki (Tokio)


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

17-19 h

Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar der Universität Heidelberg, Augustinergasse 7, Lecture hall

Professor Miki is the author of the opera Ai-en  which is part of this cycle and which is actually staged in Heidelberg. The lecture with many audio and visual examples will be in Japanese with translation into German. 

Admission free

This lecture is promoted by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows” of Heidelberg University and organized by the Seminary of Musicology, the Institute of Japanese Studies, the Institute of Chinese Studies and the Cluster’s research project B 2 Creative Dissonances. For further information please contact Dorothea Redepenning at Further information on the composer at 

Download the event poster (pdf, 277 KB)

Dieter Mack

Lecture Series and Compact Seminar


by Professor Dr. Dieter Mack, Lübeck


Januar 6 to Januar 8, 2010

Public Lectures, at Karl Jaspers Center, Conference Room 212:

  • Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010
    11-13 Lecture
    "The Term 'Cultural Purity' — Conscious or Unconscious Misunderstandings in Intercultural Dialogue"

  • Thursday, Jan 7, 2010
    11-13 Lecture (will be held in German), at the Department of Musicology, Lecture Hall 
    Weltmusik - Globale Zukunft oder Globales Missverständnis: Einige Gedanken und Bemerkungen im Zusammenhang mit holistischen Philosophien in der Musik“

  • 16-18 Lecture 
    A European Composer in the Realm of Bi- or Multicultural Experiences (Remarks on my own Musical Thinking or: What have Mozart, Balinese Music, Stockhausen and Mack in Common?)


Download poster with full program (pdf).

PLEASE NOTE the following changes to the program given in the pdf: On January 7, 2010, the seminar will take place from 9 to 11 am at the Karl Jaspers Center, Room 212, the lecture "World Music (Weltmusik) - Global Future or Global Misunderstandings? Some Thoughts and Remarks with Regard to Holistic Philosophies in Music" will be held in German and will take place from 11 am to 1 pm at the Department of Musicology, Augustinergasse 7, Lecture Hall. 

Reading List (pdf).




Painting: Gunnar A. Kaldewey



Books by Gunnar A. Kaldewey and Music by Bun-Ching Lam 

October 26 to November 15, 2009

October 26 to October 28, 2009

Hauptstraße 235
69117 Heidelberg

more info

Download program folder here (pdf, 1.64 MB).

Link to ONLINE EXHIBITION of Gunnar A. Kaldewey's work 

Audio example:

Run (1993)
for pipa solo
Min Xiao-Fen, pipa

Date of Performance: October 26, 2010, Ethnographic Museum, Heidelberg

Sandeep Bhagwati

Lecture Series and Workshop


by Sandeep Bhagwati (Concordia University Montreal)



Sandeep Bhagwati, Canada Research Chair in Inter-X Art Practice and Theory at the Department of Theatre/Department of Music, Concordia University Montreal, was in Heidelberg in June to July 2009 as composer-in-residence. During his residency, Professor Bhagwati gave a lecture series on inter-traditional/inter-cultural composition at the Karl Jaspers Center consisting of four speeches, and a two-day workshop discussing his own compositions:


  • “Trans-, Inter-, Multi- + -Cultural, -Traditional Illusions”
    Jun 24, 2009, 5 to 7 pm
    more info

  • “Perils and Changes of Inter-Traditional/Inter-Cultural Composition”
    Jun 25, 2009, 6:30 to 8 pm
    more info

  • “Depth and Deception in Inter-Traditional/Inter-Cultural Composition”
    Jul 2, 2009, 6:30 to 8 pm
    more info

  • “The Future of Inter-Traditional/Inter-Cultural Composition”
    Jul 8, 2009, 6 to 8 pm
    more info

  • Two-day Workshop on Inter-Traditional/Inter-Cultural Composition
    Jul 4/5, 2009
    more info


Download the complete programme (pdf, 1,4 MB)

Download the event poster (pdf, 476 KB)

More information on Sandeep Bhagwati and his work and a link including a sound example.


Lecture Series 


Dec 05, 2008 - Jan 28, 2009


  • Prof. Dr. Dorothea Redepenning (Universität Heidelberg)
  • Prof. Dr. Catherine V. Yeh (University of Boston/Universität Heidelberg)
  • Prof. Dr. Lars-Christian Koch (Ethnologisches Museum der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin)
  • Yogendra (with performance of the Trio Indigo Masala)
  • Prof. Dr. Dieter Mack (Musikhochschule Lübeck)
  • Dr. Heike Moser (Universität Tübingen)


See program details here.



Jul 11, 2008, 11 am to 1 pm, Department of Musicology

You can enjoy short musical performances by participants from the Opera House Mannheim, pictures and sounds of India and discussions on how, whether and why Alessandro's way to India, historically, plays a role in this opera and its performance. 

With particpants of the

Opera House Mannheim:

Tito Ceccherini, conducter 
Dr. Regine Elzenheimer, dramatic advisor 
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Kehr, director of the opera house mannheim 
Cornelia Ptassek, soprano and Cleofide performer
Yogendra, sitar player

Prof. Dr. Jonas Grethlein (Greek Studies)
Prof. Dr. Silke Leopold (Musicology)
Dr. Heike Moser (Indology) 



Apr 28/29, 2008

See program details here.