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Professor Henry Johnson

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DPhil (Oxford), MMus (London), BA (Hons) (Dartington), LTCL (tchg), LTCL (perf)
Joined the staff in 1995
Programme Coordinator, Performing Arts Studies, 2002 to 2004
Head of Music Department, 2006 to 2012

Associate Dean International, Division of Humanities, 2014 to Semester 1, 2016
Co-Director, Asian Migrations Research theme, 2012 to present

Tel 64 3 479 8884

Research Expertise

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Asian studies
  • Performing arts studies
  • Anthropology of music
  • Anthropology of Japan
  • Asian musics
  • Musical instruments and performing arts
  • Japanese musics, musical instruments and performing arts
  • Music in New Zealand
  • Asian music diaspora

Postgraduate Supervision

  • Recent and current topics include:
  • British contemporary folk music
  • Music and identity in early childhood in New Zealand
  • Japanese Burakumin
  • Musical ethnography of the Ruwatan performance in Central Java
  • David Bowie and Glam Rock
  • Reggae music in New Zealand
  • The ROC and role of the constructions of meaning in contemporary Taiwanese popular music
  • The solo style of Javanese all-night shadow puppet performance
  • ‘Are’are musical instruments
  • Pacific Music in New Zealand
  • Irish Music and Fennian Lays
  • Taiwanese aboriginal musical instruments
  • Music and language in Hawaiian music
  • Multicultural music education and ESL teaching
  • Alexander technique and music performance
  • Popular Music in Papua New Guinea
  • World music and diversity in music education
  • Pakeha performance identity in New Zealand
  • Scottish piping in New Zealand
  • Film Music

Other Musical and Community Activities

  • establishing the University of Otago Gamelan Group in 1995
  • forming and playing in a Japanese Koto Ensemble
  • more recently establishing a Japanese Taiko Group