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Case Studies

Connected Histories of Indian Ocean Musics

There is a fourth, comparative element to the project, linking the three case studies. Throughout, we will pay attention to how our findings might contribute to a novel interconnected understanding of eastern Indian Ocean cultures. We will also develop a synthetic historiographical framework for comparing and connecting the effects of European colonialism on “vertical” and “horizontal” musical transitions within and between India and the Malay peninsula. Finally, we hope to elucidate both similarities and differences in the ways in which Indian Ocean peoples appropriated and resisted European influences, while engaging in new, transnational modes of living, working, and enjoying music and dance.

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