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British Academy Award for Listening to China

Published: 3 March 2015

Senior Lecturer in Music Dr Thomas Irvine has just been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for his project 'Listening to China: Sonic Modernity and the Sino-Western Encounter, 1770-1839’. The award of £123,482 will support his research on Western perceptions of China around 1800. The project explains changing Western views of China at a crucial turning point in the history of Sino-Western relations.

At its heart of the research is engagement with reports of Western ‘ear-witnesses’ of China around 1800, integrated with and read against a survey of Western writing on Chinese sound-worlds from 1770 to 1839. The Fellowship, which will run for 12 months from October 2015, will allow Tom to pursue archival research in the UK and US, spend two months as a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences at National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan (where he will host a workshop involving colleagues from Taiwan, China and the US), develop a pop-up soundscape exhibition here in Southampton and complete a monograph book manuscript.

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