Ca trù singing and dance at the Hanoi Opera House in 2006

Asian Music Unit

A hub for research into the diverse musical cultures of Asia

— Ca trù singing and dance at the Hanoi Opera House in 2006 Music
— Ca trù singing and dance at the Hanoi Opera House in 2006

Inside the department

In line with Goldsmiths’ mission to develop its international focus, the Asian Music Unit (AsMU) is a hub for research into the diverse musical cultures of Asia and Asian diasporas in London and beyond.

AsMU brings together expertise within the Music Department and provides a platform for collaboration with other Departments and Centres at Goldsmiths that have research interests in Asian culture. Key aims of AsMU are to consolidate existing external partnerships with organizations that focus on Asian culture and develop new research collaborations and creative projects that will bring together theory, performance and creative practice.

Research projects, performances, talks, film screenings and symposia are particularly focused on the following areas: Safeguarding Heritage, Musical Revival and Cultural Policy; Diasporic and Transnational Music Cultures; Filmmaking and Music Research; Music, Politics and Censorship; Music and the Environment. 

The Unit hosts the MA in Music (Ethnomusicology) and showcases the research of leading academics, performers and composers and doctoral students. We welcome applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students.

Director: Dr Barley Norton

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