Sociology of Global Music

This summer I will spend some time in Europe, North America, South America, and East Asia. Our music department in Norway is currently moving into its new campus, complete with a concert hall, rehearsal rooms, and recording studios, and I am hopeful that within the next few years we will launch new international-collaborative graduate programs with partner institutions. I am also working on developing a series of public recitals and guest lectures to propose for our new concert hall, as well as preparing a solo recital of my own, and eagerly look forward to upcoming performances as a singer with the Edvard Grieg Choir and Bergen Domkor.

At China Conservatory in Beijing, I will do some lectures and help with planning an international conference for leaders of music institutions (IMILF "World Summit on International Exchange"). Later, in Yokohama, Japan, I will chair a session on “Sociological Approaches to Western Music in Japan” for the International Sociological Association’s XVIII World Congress of Sociology: “Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology”.

I look forward to visiting family in the USA, and to giving a speech for the International Society for Music Education (ISME) conference in Brazil.

Recently I am busy with coordinating the editing and revisions to a new book: Translation, Education, and Innovation: Proceedings of the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Nordic Association for Japanese and Korean Studies (Ed., David G. Hebert, in preparation, 2014). I am also developing various large grant applications and another book entitled Understanding Music in Schools and Communities: A Global Perspective. That book will offer an international view of the changing landscape of music education in an age of corporatization, globalism, and mass surveillance.

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