I am a cultural historian and music scholar specialising in gender, media and technology in twentieth-century Indonesia, Malaya and Western Europe. I studied for a BMus (Hons) at the University of Birmingham, and then moved to King’s College London, where I completed an MA (Distinction) in French Critical Theory and subsequently a PhD in Historical Musicology with a dissertation using psychoanalysis to frame Beethoven reception history. I was appointed Research Fellow in Asian Heritages/Digital History at the University of Leiden, the National Library Singapore and the National Museum of Singapore from 2019 to 2022. My research focuses on gender and performing arts mostly in the Malay world, but also of the Indonesian diaspora in Europe and the Caribbean.
“Anticipation of One”: Futuristic Rituals of Sight and Sound
The artistic intention to merge histories and futures is almost always poised as a double-edged sword. One mounts the impossible task of adhering to an imaginary time that is not re-presentable; the other conjures the multitude of never-ending possibilities that are only constrained by the material world. The perfect marriage lies in how the creators …
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