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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

Johnson, H. (2021). [Review of the book Composing Japanese musical modernity]. Asian Studies Review, 45(1), 185-186. doi: 10.1080/10357823.2020.1738027

Johnson, H. (2021). [Review of the book Resonances of chindon-ya: Sounding space and sociality in contemporary Japan]. Sound Studies, 7(1), 133-135. doi: 10.1080/20551940.2020.1735233

Johnson, H. (2020). [Review of the book Searches for tradition: Essays on New Zealand music, past & present. Sites, 17(2), 146-148. [Book Review].

Johnson, H. (2020). "With a little help from my friends": Translation, education, and linguistic activism in a context of migration. In V. Anderson & H. Johnson (Eds.), Migration, education and translation: Cross-disciplinary perspectives on human mobility and cultural encounters in education settings. (pp. 89-102). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429291159

Anderson, V., & Johnson, H. (2020). Introduction. In V. Anderson & H. Johnson (Eds.), Migration, education and translation: Cross-disciplinary perspectives on human mobility and cultural encounters in education settings. (pp. 1-9). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429291159

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

Authored Book - Research

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

Authored Book - Research

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

Authored Book - Research

Guo, N., Hasegawa, S., Johnson, H., Kawanishi, H., Kitahara, K., & Rausch, A. (2005). Tsugaru: Regional identity on Japan's northern periphery. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago Press, 149p.

Authored Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2004). The koto: A traditional instrument in contemporary Japan. Amsterdam: Hotei, 199p.

Authored Book - Research

Anderson, V., & Johnson, H. (Eds.). (2020). Migration, education and translation: Cross-disciplinary perspectives on human mobility and cultural encounters in education settings. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 229p. doi: 10.4324/9780429291159

Edited Book - Research

Chapman, I., & Johnson, H. (Eds.). (2016). Global glam and popular music: Style and spectacle from the 1970s to the 2000s. New York, NY: Routledge, 300p.

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

Johnson, H. (Ed.). (2010). Many voices: Music and national identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 180p.

Edited Book - Research

Moore, E., Xin, L., Johnson, H., & Patterson, R. (Eds.). (2010). China stopover Beijing: A cross-curricular resource in music, art, English and social studies. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 64p.

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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.

Edited Book - Research

Anderson, V., & Johnson, H. (2020). Introduction. In V. Anderson & H. Johnson (Eds.), Migration, education and translation: Cross-disciplinary perspectives on human mobility and cultural encounters in education settings. (pp. 1-9). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429291159

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2020). "With a little help from my friends": Translation, education, and linguistic activism in a context of migration. In V. Anderson & H. Johnson (Eds.), Migration, education and translation: Cross-disciplinary perspectives on human mobility and cultural encounters in education settings. (pp. 89-102). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429291159

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2020). Invercargill's orchestral sounds: Historical and contemporary perspectives. In S. Bodkin-Allen (Ed.), Making music at the bottom of the world in Southland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. (pp. 7-24). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2019). Artistic activism, cultural diplomacy and Aotearoa New Zealand. In J. Beattie, R. Bullen & M. Galikowski (Eds.), China in Australasia: Cultural diplomacy and Chinese arts since the Cold War. (pp. 107-122). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2019). Multiculturalism in No. 2: Representing New Zealand in screen and sound. In A. Zalipour (Ed.), Migrant and diasporic film and filmmaking in New Zealand. (pp. 89-104). Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-1379-0_5

Chapter in Book - Research

Fleury, C., & Johnson, H. (2018). Tourism and resilience on Jersey: Culture, environment, and sea. In J. M. Cheer & A. A. Lew (Eds.), Tourism, resilience and sustainability: Adapting to social, political and economic change. (pp. 85-102). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2018). Context, community and social capital in the governance of a New Zealand orchestra. In T. K. Ramnarine (Ed.), Global perspectives on orchestras: Collective creativity and social agency. (pp. 44-57). Oxford Scholarship Online. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780199352227.003.0003

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2018). The politics of popular music heritage. In S. Baker, C. Strong, L. Istvandity & Z. Cantillon (Eds.), The Routledge companion to popular music history and heritage. (pp. 134-143). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Bendrups, D., & Johnson, H. (2017). Ethnomusicology in Australia and New Zealand: A trans-Tasman identity? In K. Gillespie, S. Treloyn & D. Niles (Eds.), A distinctive voice in the Antipodes: Essays in honour of Stephen A. Wild. (pp. 455-470). Canberra, Australia: Australian National University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Fleury, C., & Johnson, H. (2017). The Minquiers and Écréhouse, Channel Islands. In G. Baldacchino (Ed.), Solution protocols to festering island disputes: 'Win-win' solutions for the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. (pp. 103-107). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [Contribution].

Chapter in Book - Research

Chapman, I., & Johnson, H. (2016). Introduction: Glam rock in the global imagination. In I. Chapman & H. Johnson (Eds.), Global glam and popular music: Style and spectacle from the 1970s to the 2000s. (pp. 1-10). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2016). New Zealand cinema, national identity and Don McGlashan. In G. Gil-Curiel (Ed.), Film music in 'minor' national cinemas. (pp. 171-190). New York, NY: Bloomsbury.

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H., & Kawamoto, A. (2016). "Visual-kei": Glamour in Japanese pop music. In I. Chapman & H. Johnson (Eds.), Global glam and popular music: Style and spectacle from the 1970s to the 2000s. (pp. 199-213). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2015). A tale of two Guernseys: Tourism branding and island hopping in an archipelagic context. In G. Baldacchino (Ed.), Archipelago tourism: Policies and practices. (pp. 121-136). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2015). Under the Kiwi gaze: Public Asian festivals and multicultural Aotearoa New Zealand. In G. Ghosh & J. Leckie (Eds.), Asians and the new multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 119-155). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Adriaansz, W., & Johnson, H. (2014). Koto. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 3). (2nd ed.) (pp. 207-209). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Hughes, D. W., & Johnson, H. (2014). Chijin. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 1). (2nd ed.) (pp. 514). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Hughes, D. W., & Johnson, H. (2014). Dora. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 2). (2nd ed.) (pp. 75). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Hughes, D. W., & Johnson, H. (2014). Kane. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 3). (2nd ed.) (pp. 108). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Hughes, D. W., & Johnson, H. (2014). Kokyū. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 3). (2nd ed.) (pp. 192-193). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Hughes, D. W., & Johnson, H. (2014). Mukkuri. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 3). (2nd ed.) (pp. 525-526). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Hughes, D. W., & Johnson, H. (2014). Shakujō. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 4). (2nd ed.) (pp. 486). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Hughes, D. W., & Johnson, H. (2014). Tsugaru shamisen. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 5). (2nd ed.) (pp. 98). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2014). Anmabue. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 1). (2nd ed.) (pp. 104). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2014). Atarigane. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 1). (2nd ed.) (pp. 138-139). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2014). Azusayumi. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 1). (2nd ed.) (pp. 157). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2014). Batsu. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 1). (2nd ed.) (pp. 278). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2014). Bonshō. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 1). (2nd ed.) (pp. 373). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2014). Charumera. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 1). (2nd ed.) (pp. 508). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2014). Chikusō. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 1). (2nd ed.) (pp. 515). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2014). Chindon. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 1). (2nd ed.) (pp. 517-518). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2014). Dadaiko. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 2). (2nd ed.) (pp. 1). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2014). Daibyōshi. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 2). (2nd ed.) (pp. 5). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, H. (2014). Edaiko. In L. Libin (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of musical instruments (Vol. 2). (2nd ed.) (pp. 132). New York: Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

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