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GETSEA Mini Course: The Performing Arts in Southeast Asian History and Society

September 20

The consortium for Graduate Education and Training in Southeast Asian Studies (GETSEA) is offering free and virtual mini-course this fall, open to all graduate students studying Southeast Asia.

This course does not offer credit, but students are encouraged to work with a faculty member at their own institution to count the course as an independent study credit. Priority will be given to M.A. and Ph.D. students from GETSEA member institutions, however, students from all institutions are welcome to apply. The course entails a workload of equivalent to roughly one credit. Only those committed to completing all aspects of course should apply. Applications are due September 20, 2021.


  • Supeena Insee Adler, Curator of World Musical Instrument Collection and Adjunct Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology
  • Helen Rees, Professor and Director of World Music Center, UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology
  • Maureen Russell, Archivist, UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive, and Adjunct Professor, UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology

Course description

Southeast Asia is renowned for its rich performing arts traditions. Many, such as Javanese and Balinese gamelan, Cambodian classical dance, and the numerous puppetry arts of the region, are known worldwide. They are deeply embedded in local religious and social life, have in some cases gained new economic functions via tourist performance, and have long acted as bellwethers of historical and political change. This course encourages graduate students from all majors to integrate evidence from and experience of the performing arts into their own work. It provides rich primary source materials from the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive, one of the largest ethnographic sound archives in North America, for students to explore for their own research. Many of these materials have recently been digitized and made publicly available; they include historical audio recordings, films, photographs, and field notes of major researchers.

Offered virtually from October 18 to November 22, 2021, Mondays, 8:00pm-10:00pm EST

Full syllabus is available at https://cornell.box.com/s/l0gj4m0iqh7uwmxfiaudw7rbld3kcofuApply: https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eS8sjtIT2tG4srI

Source: https://get-sea.org/2021/07/21/fall-2021-mini-courses/


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