South Asian History Seminar Series: From anti-nautch to Mumbai’s bar girls: Cultures of exclusion in Indian performing art
Asian Studies Centre, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Anna Morcom studied Ethnomusicology and Hindi at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (1993-1996), and then a PhD on Hindi film songs (SOAS) (1998-2002). She subsequently completed extended fieldwork in Tibet under a Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship before beginning a Research Council UK Academic postdoctoral Fellowship at Royal Holloway College in the Music Department (2005-2009), and then a Lectureship (from 2010).
Anna Morcom specializes in music and dance in India and Tibet from diverse perspectives that seek to understand modernity and the contemporary world and the implication on peoples and musical cultures of the changes they bring. Her research focuses on phases of modernity ranging from nation building to globalization and neoliberalism, and spans issues of politics, ideology and inequality as well as media and marketisation.
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