The Project Elements: Case Studies
Musical Transitions is divided into three case studies:
Awadh Case Study
The Awadh Case Study, headed by the Principal Investigator Dr Katherine Butler Schofield, is focused on transformations in the musical and dance practices of India in the period c.1750–1900. It aims to produce a detailed and revisionist history of north Indian classical music in the period and across lines of genre, class and region.
Malay Case Study
The Malay Case Study, headed by Dr Julia Byl, aims to produce a history of colonial musical transitions in the Malay world c.1511–1918, investigating both courtly musical practices and those of the Batak interior, alongside connections between these and across colonial borders in the region.
India-Malay Case Study
The major strand of the India-Malay Case Study, headed by Dr David Lunn, is investigating musical interactions between India and the Malay world c.1800–1950, in the form of Tamil migrations to the Straits Settlements, the migrations of north Indian genres and musics, and the impact of European theatre and musical styles across the eastern Indian ocean.
Connected Histories of Indian Ocean Musics
There is a fourth, comparative element to the the project, linking the three case studies. Working collaboratively, we are seeking to evolve a comparative working model of historical musical transitions across the Bay of Bengal, and to develop novel methodologies for approaching these connected transformations.