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Provost's Imagine Fund for Arts and Humanities

Research and Conference travel - Japan

I am applying for a 2016-2017 Imagine Fund Grant to support travel to Japan for on-site research on Buddhist music iconography in several Japanese museums, and conference participation at the International Musicological Society Congress in Tokyo, which takes place once every five years. At the IMS conference I am the organizer of two international sessions: one on pre-modern Chinese, Central Asian, Persian, and European Latin musical thought; and one under the aegis of the IMS Study Group on Music Iconography (as steering committee member) on "Musical Images in a (Inter-)Connected World of Travelers." I will also participate in these sessions with two different scholarly presentations.
During this trip I will also conduct research pertaining to musical iconography in several museums in Japan, particularly in the Tokyo National Museum and the Miho Museum (Shigaraki, Kyoto). My focus is on the collections of Central Asian and Chinese artifacts of the first millennium BCE. Access to these Japanese collections is crucial to advancing my research on a larger project on music iconography at the intersection of Greco-Buddhist and Sogdian-Iranian cultures, and its eastward dissemination along the transcultural commerce routes of the Silk Roads. This Imagine Fund grant will thus contribute substantially to facilitating my progress on a broader ongoing research initiative pertaining to early music-iconographical globalities, the initial stages of which are already funded by a Balzan Fellowship at Humboldt University (Berlin) during the summer of 2016.

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