Dr Shzr Tan

Shzr Tan

Dr Shzr Tan

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +44 1784 414451

Research interests

Shzr Ee Tan is a Senior Lecturer and ethnomusicologist (with a specialism in Sinophone worlds) at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research projects cover a wide range of topics, from sounds of London's political protests, to gendering Latin American dance in East Asia, soundscapes of transient workers in Southeast Asia, sound art in Singapore and politico-musical activism on the internet. She is interested in issues of aspirational cosmopolitanism, marginality and intersectionality in music.

Shzr Ee completed her Ph.D. at the School of Oriental and African Studies, studying Amis aboriginal folksong of Taiwan in interacting contexts of the village, the cultural troupe, the popular music industry and Christian missionisation. Her writings have appeared/ will appear in imprints by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and Routledge, among other publishers. Recent scholarly work includes an article in (and co-editing of) Music, Indigeneity and Digital Media (Univerisity of Rochester Press; Hilder, Stobart and Tan), an article and co-editing of Gender in Chinese Music (University of Rochester Press; Harris, Pease & Tan), plus a monograph, “Beyond Innocence”: Amis Aboriginal Song in Taiwan as an Ecosystem (Ashgate).

Shzr Ee currently teaches Music, Ethnomusicology and Performance modules in undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Royal Holloway. Topics which she covers include: Music, Power and Politics; Topics in World Music, Jazz, Introduction to Ethnomusicology, Contemporary Debates in Music, Music and Gender, Practical Performance, Musics of China, Sounds and Cultures of East Asia, Practical Musicianship, Creative Ensemble Performance, Music Media and Technology, Korean Drumming and Documenting Performance. From 2015 - 2017, she was the Director of the Postgraduate Taught Programmes at RHUL's Music Department. She is currently teaching for a term at the Shanghai Conservatory (Autumn 2017), and will thereafter be in East Asia for fieldwork (2017 - 2018).

Shzr Ee is also an active musician with a background in classical piano, Korean percussion, tango/ Balkan accordion, Chinese and Okinawan lutes (sanxian and sanshin) and the Chinese fiddle (erhu). Some of the venues in which she has performed include the South Bank, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Japan Matsuri, Rich Mix, the British Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Truman Brewery and The Arts House (Singapore). Shzr Ee also has experience as a print journalist in Asia, having worked for an extensive period of time as an arts correspondent for The Straits Times in Singapore, and thereafter for international magazines and newspapers on a freelance basis. She continues to contribute columns on music, film and culture to various media.

Shzr Ee is engaged in arts and cultural advocacy in East Asia, having collaborated on projects with various arts and educational bodies in Singapore and the UK. She is the current academic consultant for London’s X-Drifts (formerly Southeast Asian Arts Festival), and a co-convenor of the Asian Performing Arts Forum. From 2010 - 2012, she contributed to the Singapore Arts Festival as a Dramaturg.

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