Shelley Zhang

Fourth Year Graduate Student in Ethnomusicology
103, Music Building

My research focuses on practices of Western art music in the People's Republic of China and issues of postcolonialism and sentiment.  More specifically, I examine the Cultural Revolution and its continued impact on contemporary musical practices in the PRC.   I am interested in how memory, sound, and acts of silencing influence individuals' response to and practice of music.  In addition, I question how we define "indigenous" and on whose terms we construct formulas of hybridity.

My studies in ethnomusicology stem from previous academic training in historical musicology and Central European studies, and extensive Western Classical piano training.  Other research projects include Canadian musics and issues of diaspora.