Geisha Playing Shamisen

Monday, May 20, 2013

Music of Japan Session at Sociology Conference

Announcement of interest to Japan Performing Arts SIG members . . . 

There will be a session on the topic "Sociological Approaches to Western Music in Japan" by the Research Committee for the Sociology of Arts at the International Sociological Association's Eighteenth World Congress of Sociology (July 13-19, 2014, Yokohama, Japan):
Session titleSociological approaches to western music in Japan
Session organiser: David G. Hebert, Bergen University College, Norway
This session features research into historical and contemporary aspects of western music in Japan, from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Presenters include musicologists, sociologists and experienced performers, who address what is "Japanese" about the phenomenon of western music in Japan, as well as how Japan has made unique contributions to global practices in this field. Research in this session will be based on case studies of notable ensembles and individual musicians, as well as more holistic examination of institutions and social practices that illustrate how aspects of Japanese and European traditions have fused through creative agency. 
Interested scholars may contact me for details and announcements will also be on the ISA website.

David G. Hebert, PhD 
Professor of Music, Grieg Academy
Faculty of Education, Bergen University College

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Preparing for SEM 2013 Annual Meeting

The Japanese Performing Arts SIG is currently developing panel proposals for the upcoming annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Please contact the SIG chair Jennifer Milioto Matsue ASAP if interested in presenting a paper related to the theme of “Japanese(ness)” in music.

Here are more details regarding the 2013 SEM meeting:

SEM 2013 Annual Meeting
November 14-17, 2013
Indianapolis, Indiana

Host Institution:
Indiana University Bloomington

Call for Proposals & Information
Abstracts Due 02/15/13
Pre-Conference Symposium:
"Music and Global Health: 
Toward Collaborative Paradigms"
November 13, 2013
Pre-Conference CFP: Deadline 03/15/13

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Announcing Books from 2012 on Japanese Performing Arts

Below is a partial list of books on various aspects of the performing arts in Japan that were published in English on major academic presses in 2012.

The Japanese Performing Arts SIG intends to periodically offer these bibliographic lists as a service to the profession. Please inform us of any additional books to add to this list.

By Shawn Bender (University of California Press, 2012)

By Michelle Bigenho (Duke University Press, 2012)

By Michael Bourdaughs (Columbia University Press, 2012)

By Matt Gillan (Ashgate Press, 2012)

By David Hebert (Springer Press, 2012)

By Keith Howard (Ashgate Press, 2012)

By Joshua D. Pilzer (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Japanese Studies Conference in Europe

The 9th conference of the Nordic Association of Japanese and Korean Studies (NAJAKS) will be held in Bergen, Norway, on August 21-23, 2013.The conference theme is Translation, Education and Innovation.

Ethnomusicologist Keith Howard (Professor, SOAS) is one of the Keynote Speakers for NAJAKS 2013, and Japanese Performing Arts SIG member David Hebert (Professor, Grieg Academy) is one of the conference hosts. Music performances and art exhibitions are being planned, and we also intend to organize a paper session on performing arts in East Asia. The deadline for abstract submissions is March 1st, 2013.

Click here for more information:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Welcome to the blog for the Japanese Performing Arts Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

This blog will be used to post occasional announcements approved by the SIG chair.

The Japanese Performing Arts – Special Interest Group was established within SEM in spring of 2012 in order to bring together scholars, performers, and other enthusiasts interested in Japanese performing arts broadly defined. Membership in the group is open to anyone interested in the study and performance of Japanese performing arts.


Union College

University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Website Manager
Bergen University College

Mission Statement

The mission of the Japanese Performing Arts – Special Interest Group is to support the study of Japanese performing arts, primarily through the sponsorship and promotion of discussion, events and publications related to Japanese performing arts. 

The group does the following:

-       explores what encompasses Japanese performing arts, continuing to question the definition of Japanese(ness)
-       provides a forum for scholars and performers of Japanese Performing Arts
-       offers an organizational basis to plan and execute events that focus on Japanese Performing Arts
-       helps in the coordination of paper sessions, conferences, concerts and other special projects
-       advocates for the promotion of Japanese performing arts
-       strengthens professional ties between scholars, performers, teachers, and professional organizations dedicated to Japanese performing arts
-       provides an information network where scholars can share and promote publications and activities related to the study of Japanese performing arts

Special Interest Group for Japanese Music Listserv 
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