Songs for the “Great Leaders”: Creativity and Ideology in the Music and Dance of North Korea
Kent R. Mullikin Fellowship, 2017–18
Keith is particularly interested in how people use and talk about music, and his work explores music and religion, composition, education, preservation and sustainability, commodification and commercialisation, traditions, and musical futures. He is the author or editor of 16 books and more than 100 articles. He founded the SOASIS CD and DVD label and was founder and licensee of OpenAir Radio. He writes primarily about the music and culture of Korea, though he has also researched and published on the music of Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Siberia, Thailand, and Siberia.
From 2008-2017 he served as editorial chair of the SOAS Musicology Series (Rutledge, formerly Ashgate), and sits on advisory and editorial boards for Music Theory Spectrum, Asian Ethnology, OMNES, and Papers of the British Association for Korean Studies. In 2010 and 2011 he served on the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts, and is a committee member or member of professional associations including the Society for Ethnomusicology, International Council for Traditional Music, British Forum for Ethnomusicology, British Association for Korean Studies and Association for Korean Studies in Europe.
- Guest Seminar, ‘Sounding Korea’ at UNC-Chapel Hill, January 19, 2018
- Guest Seminar, ‘Sounding Korea’ at Duke University, February 1, 2018
- NHC Conversations with Scholars series, ‘The Politics of Music in Korea’ at Chapel Hill Public Library, February 3, 2018
- Guest Seminar, ‘The Life and Death of Music as Intangible Cultural Heritage’, College of William and Mary, Virginia, March 15, 2018
- Keynote Speech, ‘Rethinking Sound’, Hanyang University, Seoul, March 30-31, 2018
- Guest Seminar, ‘Sea of Blood: A night at the North Korean opera’, Columbia University, April 17, 2018
- Guest Seminar, ‘Songs for the “Great Leaders”: Ideology and Political Agitation in the Music of North Korea’, Korea Institute, Harvard University, April 19, 2018
- Open Lecture, ‘Pansori: Korea’s Epic Storytelling Through Song’, Holland Festival, Amsterdam, June 9, 2018
- Howard, Keith. ‘Blowing and Hitting: Music for Korean Envoys.’ In Celebrating Art and Music: The SOAS Collections, edited by Anna Contadini, 218–231. London: SOAS, University of London, 2017.
- Howard, Keith. ‘Korean traditional music viewed through its instruments/La musica tradicional de Corea vista a través dels seus instruments/La música tradicional coreana vista a través de sus instrumentos’. In Eolssigu! The Sounds of Korea/Els Sons de Corea/Los sonidos de Corea, edited by Horacio Curti, 26–55. Barcelona: Museu de la Música, 2017.
- Howard, Keith. ‘Mapping K-Pop Past and Present: Shifting the Modes of Exchange’, in The Political Economy of Business Ethics in East Asia: A Historical and Comparative Perspective, edited by Ingyu Oh and Gil-Sung Park, 95–111. Cambridge, MA: Elsevier, 2016.
- Howard, Keith, ed. Music as Intangible Cultural Heritage: Policy, Ideology and Practice in the Preservation of East Asian Traditions. Farnham: Ashgate, 2012. Paperback edition, Abingdon: Routledge, 2016.
- Howard, Keith. Korean Musical Instruments: A Practical Guide. Rewritten, revised, and updated from 1988 volume. Seoul: Minsokwon, 2015.
- Howard, Keith. SamulNori: Korean Percussion for a Contemporary World. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.