Music in Asia

The Asian Music Research Cluster advances the School’s long history of research in this region by bringing together individual and collaborative projects from staff and postgraduate researchers.

The cluster has particular strengths in traditional and contemporary musics in Indonesia, India, Iran and Thailand, as represented in a series of recent publications. These reveal a range of research approaches ranging from ethnography to textual analysis to political economy and practice-led research.

At the same time the interests of the research cluster also go beyond the limitations of ‘area studies’ in the region to see Asia as an interconnected defined region with common issues and agendas. These include historical commons, cultural nationalisms, mobility and diasporas, local modernities, globalising forces and challenges to sustainability.

Monash Staff

Professor Margaret Kartomi

Dr Adrian McNeil

Dr Jonathan McIntosh

Research Staff

Dr Gay Breyley

Karen Kartomi Thomas

Bronia Kornhauser

Adjunct Staff

Dr John Garzoli

Dr James Mitchell

Dr Ahmad Sarmast

Dr Aline Scott-Maxwell


This cluster aligns with a newly formed Asian Performance Research Cluster supported by the Monash Asia Institute.