Sociological Approaches to Western Music in Japan

I am pleased to announce that there will be a session on the topic "Sociological Approaches to Western Music in Japan" by the Research Committee for the Sociology of Arts at the International Sociological Association's Eighteenth World Congress of Sociology (July 13-19, 2014, Yokohama, Japan):

Session titleSociological approaches to western music in Japan
Session organiser: David G. Hebert, Bergen University College, Norway

This session features research into historical and contemporary aspects of western music in Japan, from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Presenters include musicologists, sociologists and experienced performers, who address what is "Japanese" about the phenomenon of western music in Japan, as well as how Japan has made unique contributions to global practices in this field. Research in this session will be based on case studies of notable ensembles and individual musicians, as well as more holistic examination of institutions and social practices that illustrate how aspects of Japanese and European traditions have fused through creative agency. 

Interested scholars may contact me for details and announcements will also be on the ISA website.