A Historian of Japan Ventures int Music Research:
Or Why Music is too Important to Leave the Experts

Date and time: May 19, 2015 (Tue.), 18:45
Venue: Collaboration Room 1 (4F), Building 18, University of Tokyo, Komaba
Language: English and Japanese

Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Margaret Mehl, University of Copenhagen

Abstract: Bruno Nettl, one of the pioneers of ethnomusicology writes in his memoir, Encounters in Ethnomusicology(2002),“Although Western intellectuals love music, they claim that it’s difficult to understand and draw a sharp line between“musicians” and others.”Starting from her experience writing her latest book, Not by Love Alone: The Violin in Japan, 1850-2010 (The Sound Book Press,2014), Margaret Mehl will argue that music, which is above all a human activity that can be found in all human societies and throughout recorded history represents an obvious field of enquiry for historians, whether or not they call themselves “musicians.”She will address the question, what examining the history of music-making can contribute to our understanding of history in general.

Organizer: The Comparative Literature and Culture, University of Tokyo, Professor Hermann Gottschewski
Contact: 03-5454-6330(Office of the Comparative Literature and Culture)