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Workshop - Grassroots Musical Resilience in Southwestern China

With an Australia-Pacific response
This Australian Research Council and China Studies Centre supported workshop explores many of the diverse non-Han musical traditions that continue to thrive in southwestern China.

Date: Tuesday 7 August 2018
Location: Room 4026, Sydney Conservatorium of Music 
 Please register by clicking the link. This event is free of charge and refreshments will be provided.
Paper abstracts available here. Program on Tuesday 7 August from 9:30am, schedule forthcoming.

This public workshop focuses on how local non-Han communities in southwestern China have responded to China’s cultural projects and policies in terms of the maintenance and performance of ritual and folk song practices. As the five papers presented in this workshop illustrate, the resilience of these grassroots musical traditions takes multiple forms that have important significance for Zhuang and Kam (or Dong) minority communities as a whole.

The presentations are followed by a response drawing on research conducted by Sydney Conservatorium of Music researchers working in Australia and the Pacific region.

Invited guest presenters

  • Associate Professor KAO Ya-ning (Department of Ethnology, National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
  • Associate Professor LU Xiaoqin (College of Liberal Arts, Guangxi University for Nationalities, Guangxi)
  • Dr PAN Yanqin (College of ASEAN Studies, Guangxi University for Nationalities, Guangxi)
  • Professor WU Ninghua (Department of Art Research, Guangxi Arts Institute, Guangxi) and WANG Wei (Independent researcher)

Funding and organisation

This workshop is supported by funding from the China Studies Centre, the University of Sydney and the Australian Research Council. We are also grateful for support from our visitors’ institutions: Guangxi University for Nationalities, Guangxi Arts Institute and the National Chengchi University.

The workshop is co-organised by Dr Catherine Ingram (Sydney Conservatorium of Music) and Associate Professor KAO Ya-ning (National Chengchi University).  

The workshop includes a response drawing on the Australia-Pacific context, organised and led by Dr Clint Bracknell (Sydney Conservatorium of Music).