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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
Email henry.johnson@otago.ac.nz

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
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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

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Publications

Wilson, G. N., Johnson, H., & Sallabank, J. (2015). 'I'm not dead yet': A comparative study of indigenous language revitalization in the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. Current Issues in Language Planning, 16(3), 259-278. doi: 10.1080/14664208.2014.972535

Johnson, H., & Kuwahara, S. (2015). Drum travel: Ensemble drumming traditions on Kikaijima—cultures, histories, islands. Asian Music, 46(1), 110-145. doi: 10.1353/amu.2015.0003

Johnson, H. (2015). Anthem for Jersey: Music, media and politics in an island setting. MEDIANZ, 15(1), 96-118. doi: 10.11157/medianz-vol15iss1id132

Johnson, H. (2015). Musical ownership and pop-folk on Jersey: Sustaining tradition through intervention, technology and creative practice. Journal of World Popular Music, 2(1), 19-39. doi: 10.1558/jwpm.v2i1.27169

Johnson, H. (2015). Language revitalisation, sonic activism and cultural sustainability: Voicing linguistic heritage on Jersey. In E. Auclair & G. Fairclough (Eds.), Theory and practice in heritage and sustainability: Between past and future. (pp. 117-131). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Authored Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2014). The shakuhachi: Roots and routes. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 136p.

Gunji, S., & Johnson, H. (2012). A dictionary of traditional Japanese musical instruments: From prehistory to the Edo period. Tokyo, Japan: Eideru Kenkyūjo, 349p.

Johnson, H. (2010). The shamisen: Tradition and diversity. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 145p.

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Edited Book - Research

Edmond, J., Johnson, H., & Leckie, J. (Eds.). (2011). Recentring Asia: Histories, encounters, identities. Leiden, The Netherlands: Global Oriental, 346p.

Prentice, C., Devadas, V., & Johnson, H. (Eds.). (2010). Cultural transformations: Perspectives on translocation in a global age. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 347p.

Johnson, H., & Jaffe, J. C. (Eds.). (2008). Performing Japan: Contemporary expressions of cultural identity. Folkestone, UK: Global Oriental, 323p.

Johnson, H., Moore, E., & Patterson, R. (Eds.). (2006). Malaysian stopover: A classroom resource in Music, Art, English and Social Studies. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 48p.

Johnson, H., & Moloughney, B. (Eds.). (2006). Asia in the making of New Zealand. Auckland University Press, 294p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2015). Language revitalisation, sonic activism and cultural sustainability: Voicing linguistic heritage on Jersey. In E. Auclair & G. Fairclough (Eds.), Theory and practice in heritage and sustainability: Between past and future. (pp. 117-131). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Johnson, H. (2014). 'Shake, rattle and roll': Responses to 3/11: Constructing community through music and the music industry. In R. Starrs (Ed.), When the tsunami came to shore: Culture and disaster in Japan. (pp. 139-165). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Johnson, H. (2012). A modernist traditionalist: Miyagi Michio, transculturalism, and the making of a music tradition. In R. Starrs (Ed.), Rethinking Japanese modernism. (pp. 246-269). Leiden, The Netherlands: Global Oriental.

Johnson, H. (2011). Drumming up Japan: Localizing taiko in New Zealand. In P. Voci & J. Leckie (Eds.), Localizing Asia in Aotearoa. (pp. 134-149). Wellington, New Zealand: Dunmore.

Johnson, H. (2011). Musical moves and transnational grooves: Education, transplantation and Japanese Taiko drumming at the International Pacific College, New Zealand. In J. Edmond, H. Johnson & J. Leckie (Eds.), Recentring Asia: Histories, encounters, identities. (pp. 310-333). Leiden, The Netherlands: Global Oriental.

Johnson, H. (2011). Jersey: Jèrriais, song, and language revitalization. In G. Baldacchino (Ed.), Island songs: A global repertoire. (pp. 103-118). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Johnson, H. (2010). Constructing an 'other' from your 'own': Localizing, nationalizing and globalizing Nēnēzu (Nenes). In C. Prentice, V. Devadas & H. Johnson (Eds.), Cultural transformations: Perspectives on translocation in a global age. (pp. 179-205). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Johnson, H. (2010). Lighting up Aotearoa: Presenting Diwali to a multicultural nation. In S. Bandyopadhyay (Ed.), India in New Zealand: Local identities, global relations. (pp. 149-166). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Johnson, H. (2009). Voice-scapes: Transl(oc)ating the performed voice in ethnomusicology. In A. Chan & A. Noble (Eds.), Sounds in translation: Intersections of music, technology and society. (pp. 169-184). Canberra, Australia: ANU E Press.

Johnson, H. (2009). Popularizing and localizing Tsugaru Shamisen. In J. N. Westerhoven (Ed.), Voices from the Snow: Tsugaru in legend, literature, and fact. (pp. 77-102). Hirosaki, Japan: Hirosaki University Press.

Johnson, H. (2008). Recontextualising Eisa: Transformations in religious, competition, festival and tourism contexts. In H. Johnson & C. Jerry Jaffe (Eds.), Performing Japan: Contemporary expressions of cultural identity. (pp. 196-220). Folkestone, UK: Global Oriental.

Johnson, H., & Figgins, G. (2007). Diwali downunder: Transforming and performing Indian tradition in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In A. K. Sahoo & B. Maharaj (Eds.), Sociology of Diaspora: A Reader (Vol. 2). (pp. 913-937). Jaipur, India: Rawat.

Johnson, H. (2006). Striking accord! Gamelan, education, and Indonesian cultural flows in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In H. Johnson & B. Moloughney (Eds.), Asia in the making of New Zealand. (pp. 185-203). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Johnson, H., & Kuwahara, S. (2015). Drum travel: Ensemble drumming traditions on Kikaijima—cultures, histories, islands. Asian Music, 46(1), 110-145. doi: 10.1353/amu.2015.0003

Wilson, G. N., Johnson, H., & Sallabank, J. (2015). 'I'm not dead yet': A comparative study of indigenous language revitalization in the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. Current Issues in Language Planning, 16(3), 259-278. doi: 10.1080/14664208.2014.972535

Johnson, H. (2015). Musical ownership and pop-folk on Jersey: Sustaining tradition through intervention, technology and creative practice. Journal of World Popular Music, 2(1), 19-39. doi: 10.1558/jwpm.v2i1.27169

Johnson, H. (2015). Anthem for Jersey: Music, media and politics in an island setting. MEDIANZ, 15(1), 96-118. doi: 10.11157/medianz-vol15iss1id132

Johnson, H. (2013). Old, new, borrowed ... : Hybridity in the Okinawan guitarscape. Ethnomusicology Forum, 22(1), 89-110. doi: 10.1080/17411912.2013.768023

Johnson, H., & Kuwahara, S. (2013). Locating Shima in island drumming: Amami Ōshima and its archipelagic drum groups. Shima, 7(1), 14-38.

Johnson, H. (2012). Drumming in the transcultural imagination: Taiko, Japan and community music making in Aotearoa/New Zealand. International Journal of Community Music, 5(1), 11-26. doi: 10.1386/ijcm.5.1.11_1

Johnson, H. (2012). “The Group from the West”: Song, endangered language and sonic activism on Guernsey. Journal of Marine & Island Cultures, 1(2), 99-112. doi: 10.1016/j.imic.2012.11.006

Johnson, H. (2011). ‘Sounding Japan’: Traditional musical instruments, cultural nationalism and educational reform. Perfect Beat, 12(1), 11-32. doi: 10.1558/prbt.v12i1.11

Johnson, H. (2007). 'Happy Diwali!' Performance, multicultural soundscapes and intervention in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Ethnomusicology Forum, 16(1), 71-94.

Johnson, H. (2006). Tsugaru Shamisen: From region to nation (and beyond) and back again. Asian Music, 37(1), 75-100.

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