• From the President
• SEM 1998 at Bloomington
• Recent Publications
• Korea Fellowships
• News from AKMR Members
• AKMR Information
YouYoung Kang, Editor
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From the President
AKMR is approaching the end of its second year as an organisation in affiliation with the Society for Ethnomusicology, and we've seen some pretty good achievements for a young organisation: last year's AKMR panel at SEM was well attended, and several other papers on Korean music were also presented outside of AKMR's auspices. This year, when an AKMR panel is intentionally not planned, there are again a number of papers being presented by AKMR members and future members, and it is good to see Korean music scholars holding their own. Next year we should again have a special AKMR panel, and we can discuss plans for that at the annual meeting in Bloomington; any ideas members would like to put to the Officers can be sent along by email to me or Okon Hwang.
One of the most important figures in the history of Korean music studies, Dr. Lee Hye-Ku, has his ninetieth birthday this month (September 1998). Dr. Lee was enormously influential in the furtherance of Korean music studies, including the setting up of the first department of Korean music in a university, at Seoul National University. When I first met him, in 1967, he was not far from retirement; thirty years later, he shows no signs of slowing down and continues to produce carefully considered scholarly work, including the revision of his important translation of the 1493 treatise, Akhak kwebôm, into modern Korean. I'm sure all members of AKMR will join me in wishing Dr. Lee a happy ninetieth. A celebration is being held for him after the Third Conference on Asian Music at the end of September.
As in the past, the AKMR officers are very receptive to ideas on ways to expand our activities and influence; please let us know when you have a good idea, ideally accompanied by an offer of assistance! We already have a bibliography on the Web, the excellent Newsletter you're reading now, and other information on the Website. We're hoping to have some further bibliographies on the site, and perhaps some articles or translations. If you have something to offer, please do!
Warmest congratulations to Dr. Andrew Killick and Dr. Nathan Hesselink on their successful PhDs!
My great thanks to YouYoung Kang, who puts together a really useful Newsletter, and Okon Hwang, who handles all the business side of AKMR so well.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the SEM meeting in Bloomington!
Robert C. Provine
SEM 1998 at Bloomington
AKMR Business Meeting
Friday, October 23, 1998
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Session: Social and Music Change in South Korea
Friday, October 23, 1998
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Chair: Robert Provine, University of Durham
* Presenters: Yeonok Jang, School of Oriental and African Studies
* Joshua Pilzer, University of Hawai'i
* Hyun-Kyung Chae, Seoul National University
* Myo Sin Kim, University of Hawaii
Paper: "Music and Cultural Perception in the Socio-Analytical Writings of Kim Inu"
Presented by Nathan Hesselink
Saturday, October 24, 1998
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Other sessions of interest:
"Aesthetics, Identity and Nostalgia in East Asian Musics"
Thursday, October 22, 1998
8:30 - 10:30 am
"Composers, Synthesis and Fusion in East Asian Works"
Thursday, October 22, 1998
11:00 am- 1:00 pm
"Discourse in Asian Musics"
Friday, October 23, 1998
8:30 - 10:30 am
The Lee Hye-Ku Award for Korean Music Research
Seoul National University has established an award for excellent research on Korean music. Its title is the "Lee Hye-Ku Haksulsang." The award will be selected every other year from this year. Qualification for candidacy is that the prospective candidate's age should be 45 years old or younger when he/she is to be awarded. This year's award went to Kim Chongsu (SNU doctoral student) and Yi Sukhi (researcher at the Kungnip kugagwôn) for their collaborative work in the annotated translation of the Siak hwasông. The award was given last month in conjunction with the celebration of Dr. Lee Hye-Ku's 90th birthday celebration. Please keep an eye on prospective candidates. The award includes a cash prize of 3,000,000W and a citation. Send recommendations of candidates to: Prof. Hwang Chun Yon, College of Music, Seoul National University, Sillim-Dong, Kwanak-Ku, Seoul 151-742, KOREA. Korean Music Symposium at U.C. Berkeley
The U.C. Berkeley Center for Korean Studies is planning a one-day symposium on Korean music on Friday, April 30, 1999 entitled: "Contemporary Directions: Korean Folk Music Encounters with the Twentieth Century." For more information, contact Nathan Hesselink at: The Center for Korean Studies, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hesselink, Nathan, "Changdan Revisited: Korean Rhythmic Patterns in Theory and Contemporary Performance Practice," Han'guk ûmak yôn'gu 26 (1996), 143-155.
_____, "Teaching Methodology in Korean Percussion Band Music (P'ungmul): Two Studies in Assimilation and Survival," Han'guk ûmaksa hakpo (1998). Forthcoming.
_____, "Of Drums and Men in North Chôlla Province: Glimpses into the Making of a Human Cultural Asset," Korea Journal 38 (1998). Forthcoming.
Howard, Keith, ed., Korean Shamanism: Survivals, Revivals, and Change (Seoul: Royal Asiatic Society, 1998). Forthcoming.
Kim Young-woon, "The Origin and Structure of the Kayagûm," Korea Journal 38 (1998), 287-317.
Lee Byong-won, Styles and Aesthetics in Korean Traditional Music (Seoul: Kungnip kugagwôn, 1997).
Provine, Robert, review of Marshall R. Pihl, The Korean Singer of Tales, in Korean Studies 21 (1997), 153-156.
_____, "Musical Information in the Kukcho oryeûi and Kukcho orye sôrye of 1474: an Exercise in Historical Ethnomusicology," Han'guk ûmaksa hakpo 10 (1998), 631-650.
Yi Tu-hyôn, Chông Byông-ho, Song Bang-song, et al, Korean Performing Arts: Drama, Dance & Music Theatre, Korean Studies Series No. 6 (Seoul: Jipmoondang, 1997).
Academy of Korean Studies
Office of Research Cooperation, The Academy of Korean Studies, 50 Unjungdong, Pundang-gu, Sôngnam-si, Kyônggi-do, 463-791, KOREA;  342-45-8111 (227, 275); Fax  342-44- 9945; email@example.com.
Three-Month Scholarship: For junior or senior scholars who wish to use the resources of the Academy of Korean Studies, this scholarship includes round-trip airfare to Seoul and a monthly stipend of $400/$950.
One-Year Scholarship: For senior scholars. The applicant will be paired up with a Korean scholar to collaborate on a publication. Scholars wishing to conduct their own research leading to publication are also eligible. Monthly stipend of $1,500.
American Council of Learned Societies
Office of Fellowships and Grants, ACLS, 228 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017-3398; (212) 697-1505; Fax (212) 949-8058; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.acls.org.
ACLS/SSRC International Postdoct. Fellowships: Grants of $25,000/ $35,000 for humanities and social science research on Asia, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, and must have a conferred Ph.D. or the equivalent. Application deadline is October 2, 1998 for grants starting July '98-Feb '99.
Asian Cultural Council
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104; (212) 373- 4300; www.rbf.org/affiliations.html; email@example.com.
A foundation that supports cultural exchange in the visual and performing arts between the United States and countries in Asia. Fellowships for Asian artists and scholars to research, study and carry out creative work in the United States. Some fellowships for Americans pursuing similar activites in Asia.
US Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study and Research
Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3580; http://www.iie.org/fulbright/us. Grants for US citizens with BA/BS degrees or enrolled in graduate programs for research in Korea. Deadline is October 23, 1998.
Fulbright Full Grants: Eight grants to provide transportation, tuition, research allowances, living costs, and insurance for a 10-month period starting August or September 1999.
Fulbright Travel Grants: Two travel grants to supplement an award from a non-IIE source.
English Teaching Assistantships: 30 one-year assistantships to teach English in Korea. $1,000/month stipend plus travel and insurance.
Fulbright Scholar - Korea
Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 3007 Tilden St., NW, Suite 5L, Washington, DC 20008- 3009; (202) 686-7877; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.iie.org/cies. Grants for US citizens with Ph.D. or equivalent for lecturing and advanced research abroad: travel expenses and $2,750/month stipend.
Research Award: Full research support for 4-10 months
Lecturing/research Awards: two months research, one semester lecture
Lecturing Awards: 4-10 months
Distinguished Lecturing Award
The Korea Institute, Harvard University, 1737 Cambridge St., 303 Coolidge Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138; Fax (617) 495-9976; email@example.com. Yearly fellowships for recent Ph.D.'s working on a well- designed project: $27,000 stipend.
C.P.O. Box 2147, 526 Namdaemun-ro 5-ga, Chung-gu, Seoul, KOREA;  (02) 753-6553; Fax  (02) 757-2041; http://www.kofo.or.kr.
Fellowship for Korean Studies: Fellowship for scholars (including Ph.D. candidates) and professionals who want to carry out in-depth research in Korea. Awards are available for periods of 3-12 months: round-trip air ticket to Korea and monthly stipend. Fellows establish their own contacts.
Fellowships for Korean Language Training: Grants for university students, faculty, and other qualified professionals to study Korean at Seoul National, Yonsei, or Korea University.
Cultural Exchange: Funding for Korean performance troupes and scholars to go abroad and for foreign institutions to invite Korean performers and lecturers.
Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies
NEAC Korean Grants, Association of Asian Studies, 1021 East Huron St., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; (313) 665-2490; http://www.aasianst.org.
Grants available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Deadlines are October 1 and February 1.
Research Travel within N. America: Awards of up to $1,000 for those who wish to use museum, library, or archival resources located in the United States and Canada.
Short-term Travel to Korea: Grants of up to $2,500 for trips to Korea.
Research Assistance: Grants up to $500 for scholarly needs not covered by other funding sources.
Workshops and Conferences: Partial support for organizing conferences on Korea.
Projects that Enhance Korean Studies Teaching: Awards up to $1,000 to support planning, workshops, and materials related to teaching about Korea.
Grants for Teachers for Instructional Materials: Awards to teachers for the purchase of instructional materials on Korea.
Korea Related Speakers and Panels: Grants up to $1,500 to invite colleagues from Korea to participate in non-Asia related disciplinary conferences.
Social Sciences Research Council
810 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019; (212) 377-2700; Fax (212) 377-2727; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.ssrc.org.
International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship: Fifty dissertation fellowships for doctoral candidates in the social sciences and humanities conducting dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world. The fellowship will provide support for nine to twelve months plus travel expenses up to $15,000. The program is open to all Ph.D. candidates in the US who have fulfilled all requirements except the fieldwork component. Deadline is November 18, 1998.
University of Pennsylvania
Korean Studies Search Committee, Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, 116 College Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6377
New position in Korean Studies. Deadline is November 15, 1998.
News from AKMR Members
Andrew Killick writes that he is now teaching at Illinois State University: Department of Music, I.S.U., Campus Box 5660, Normal, IL 61790-5660. email@example.com
Nathan Hesselink writes that he completed his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of London, SOAS. His dissertation was titled "A Tale of Two Drummers: Percussion Band Music in North Chôlla Province, Korea." He is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at U.C. Berkeley.
Joseph Lam reports that the University of Michigan School of Music is now making the efforts to form a p'ungmul group.
After working two years at the Academy of Korean Studies in Korea, Dr. Byong Won Lee is now back at University of Hawaii. He has published a book entitled Styles and Esthetics in Korean Traditional Music (Seoul: Kungnip kugagwôn, 1997). It is accompanied by a CD.
Joseph Celli announces the release of a recording of Komunguitar with Jin Hi Kim. For more information contact him at: O. O. Discs, Inc. 261 Groovers Ave., Black Rock, CT. 06605; (203) 367-7917; Cellioo5@aol.com.
Keith Howard writes: My own research currently involves shaman music, pop music, Korean composers and identity within Korean music. Royal Asiatic Society in Seoul will in November publish my edited book, Korean Shamanism: Survivals, Revivals, and Change, which includes chapters by Laurel Kendall, Boudewijn Walraven, Judy Van Zile, James Grayson, Alexandre Guillemoz, Kim Taegon, Seong Nae Kim, Hyun-key Kim Hogarth, Janice Kim, and me. Royal Asiatic Society has also asked me to work on a third edition of my Bands, Songs, and Shamanistic Rituals. I would appreciate receiving any critiques of earlier versions of this book, so that I can avoid some of the errors I rather foolishly committed to print back in 1989. I will spend 1999 (January-December) on sabattical leave.
Keith Howard also writes: Roald Maliangkay submitted his PhD dissertation in October, on the preservation of folksong in the ROK. Four other MPhil/PhD students are working on Korean topics: Jang Yeonok on p'ansori, Byeon Gyewon on new compositions for Korean instruments, Rowan Pease on Korean music in Yônbyôn, China, and Simon Mills on SamulNori and its relations with ritual music.
Robert Provine writes: I spent the month of April mostly in Korea, collecting materials and consulting with scholars. One bit of fun was giving lectures at both Pusan University and the National Center for Traditional Performing Arts about some recordings of Korean music made in July 1896 by Alice Fletcher. I also had three days in Beijing, where I gave two lectures on Korean music at the China Conservatory. On sabbatical during October through April, I gave a paper at the Fifth International Conference on Korean Studies in Osaka, at a symposium on youth music in Warsaw, six lectures in Hong Kong, a paper at SEM 1997, a colloquium at Harvard, lectures at Brown and Wesleyan, a lecture at Hamburg University, a paper at the Yun Isang symposium in Berlin, a paper at the Pacific Association for Korean Studies in Vancouver, two lectures at Tübingen University, and a paper at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds.
News from Seattle
Maria Seo sends news of numerous Korean music performances in Seattle last year. Among other events, the Seattle Asian Art Museum featured a performance series of kayagum music in Fall 1997 featuring Jung-Ae Lee, Moon-Jin Choi, and Hye-Jin Chang, and on April 28, 1998, the University of Washington presented a concert of Korean Traditional Music featuring Choi Moon Jin, the next bearer of Intangible Cultural Asset #82.
News from SOAS
Keith Howard writes: On 1 September 1998, the 'Centre of Music Studies' became the 'Department of Music', in recognition of our expansion over the last few years. We were ranked the top UK music department in The Times' Good University Guide, which is remarkable since SOAS, alone amongst the 35+ UK universities with music departments, teaches only ethnomusicology.
Teaching - Korean music is taught within the undergraduate BA and graduate taught MMus programme, both as part of the East Asian music courses and as performance (p'ungmul or SamulNori, with kayagûm as an available external option). It also features Korean Studies teaching programme, at both BA and MA levels.
Performances - As part of Asia Transcendent, a series of 14 concerts and six days of workshops organised by SOAS between March and May as part of the cultural programme around ASEM2, we hosted a kayagûm recital and co-sponsored a performance of Red Sun & SamulNori at the South Bank. I accompanied Kim Heesun for her performance at City University on 1 April. SOAS promoted a concert on 5 October of visiting musicians sponsored by the Korea Foundation. During their tour of Europe, I gave lectures for the performances in Oslo, Stockholm, and Oxford.
The Association for Korean Music Research is dedicated to the advancement of the research and study of Korean music. Individual members of AKMR receive the AKMR Newsletter and may vote and participate in the activities of AKMR. Membership dues are $10 (US). All inquiries about membership and payment of membership dues (payable to "AKMR") should be addressed to:
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