Course Schedule


Popular Music in the Malay World (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Rachel Ong

wöchentlich | Montag | 14:15 - 15:45 | 04.04.2022 - 04.07.2022 | C 16.310 (Musiksaal) | C 16.310

Inhalt: This seminar explores the historical, social and cultural contexts of popular music in the Malay World. The term ‘Malay World’ is commonly used to designate the region surrounding Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Given the long history of intricately intertwined cultural and geopolitical history, the 20th century saw a rise in syncretic popular music styles that draw influences from global popular culture, local artforms, and various socio-cultural developments. This course will be divided into four eras that represent pivotal historical junctures: the 1910s to 1940s; the 1950s to 1960s; the 1970s to 1990s; and the late 1990s up to the 2000s. By examining various popular music cases–including dangdut, keronchong, pop yeh yeh – students are introduced to concepts and theoretical frameworks by which they can analyze and understand the popular music in question. These concepts and theoretical frameworks include cosmopolitanism, nation-building, sub-cultural nationalism, colonialism and post-colonialism, modernity, gender, race, and identity. The seminar also focuses broadly on how popular music propagates itself through technology, cultural movements, and political currents. At the end of the course, students will apply the acquired knowledge to give an oral presentation and submit a written article on their selected case studies.

Youth Culture and Music: Punk (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Eva Schuck

wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 12:15 - 13:45 | 06.04.2022 - 06.07.2022 | C 16.310 (Musiksaal) | C 16.310

Inhalt: We examine the punk scene as part of youth cultures from its early days in the 1970s to the present day. The focus is on musical characteristics of punk as well as typical features of the scene.