Zurück zur Übersicht Mittwoch, 16.11.2022


18.15 Uhr

Puppet Theatre and Shadowplays in Traditional China

Frank Kouwenhoven (Leiden)


Völkerkundemuseum Heidelberg

Hauptstraße 235

69117 Heidelberg


Institut für Sinologie

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Institut für Sinologie

Alle Termine der Veranstaltung 'Music in China: Global Connections':

The music of China is characterized by the recurring importance of influxes from outside, and the question of how these “Barbarian Pipes and Strings” (or, in Confucian terms, the “musics from Zheng and Wei”) become part of Chinese music making. The question of what is “authentic” in Chinese music, therefore, has imposed itself from very early on. Looking back on several millenia of musical exchanges, this lecture series (and the seminar going along with it), supported by the Fachschaft Sinologie, will question whether and how it is actually interesting or pertinent to pose this question.
The seminar and the lecture series will unpack contemporary musical practices in China by providing an overview of Chinese musical cultures from the beginnings to the present day, discussing archeological finds and philosophical ideas about music in China, deliberating what they can tell us about musical politics and “music wars” in days long past, as well as in the present. We will be scrutinizing China’s ancient fascinations with music cosmology and its repercussions in the building and tuning of instruments; we will study the greater importance of silence over sound in China’s musical philosophy and its continuous effects in music-making all the way to the present; we will investigate religious, stately and theatrical traditions and their gendered musical cultures; while highlighting cosmopolitan musical encounters from the ancient days to the present—encountering the Chinese Beethoven through the writings of Romain Rolland, the Chinese piano in the hands of Zhu Xiaomei and Yuja Wang, and singing traditions from Xian Xinghai to Cui Jian and beyond.
The lecture series will take place on Wednesdays at 6pm, most often in the Auditorium (please consult moodle for details).

Mittwoch, 19. Oktober 2022, 18.15 Uhr

Music in China—“Barbarian Pipes and Strings”? Rethinking Authenticity

Barbara Mittler (Heidelberg)

Mittwoch, 26. Oktober 2022, 18.15 Uhr

Traditional Art Worlds — When the Local Encounters the Global

Yu Jiaxuan (Berlin)

Mittwoch, 02. November 2022, 18.15 Uhr

Global Repertoires of Violence in Second World War China

Odila Schröder (Heidelberg)

Mittwoch, 16. November 2022, 18.15 Uhr

Puppet Theatre and Shadowplays in Traditional China

Frank Kouwenhoven (Leiden)

Mittwoch, 14. Dezember 2022, 18.15 Uhr

Discovering Chen Da: Folk Music and Media Format in Taiwan

Andrew Jones (Berkeley)

Mittwoch, 11. Januar 2023, 18.15 Uhr

Sound Travels: Rose, Rose, I Love You (1940) & the Global Journey of China’s first International Pop Hit

Andreas Steen (Aarhus)

Mittwoch, 25. Januar 2023, 18.15 Uhr

Chinese Sounds Unsealed: Unraveling the Myths of Chinese

Frederick Lau (Hong Kong)

Mittwoch, 08. Februar 2023, 18.15 Uhr

Transcending the African Borders: Buddhist Ritual and Music in Africa

Tan Hwee-San (London)