Art & Design

International Symposium « Safeguarding the Intangible: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Music and Heritage”

19-21 February 2014, London

The international symposium “Safeguarding the Intangible: Cross-Cultural Perspective on Music and Heritage”, including film-screenings and concerts, is the inaugural event of the new Aian Music Unit in the Music Department at Goldsmiths. It is supported by a prestigious award from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
   The symposium will, through individual paper presentations, round table discussions as well as documentary-film screening, investigate current revival initiatives in different parts of the world in order to examine and evaluate the issues concerning the protection of  musico-cultural heritages.

   The Japanese system of cultural protection and preservation has been highly influential model here ever since the first law for the Protection of Cultural Properties was passed as early as in 1950. Thus, under the JSPS scheme, 5 prominent scholars will be invited from Japan. They will be welcomed by other academics working in the related fields from UK institutions.


List of Speakers (in alphabetical order)


Dr BITHELL, Caroline (University of Manchester) Dr BROSIUS, Amy (University of Birmingham) Dr HUGHES, David (SOAS, University of London) Prof ITO, Nobuhiro (University of Osaka) Prof KAWASE, Itsushi (National Ethnology Museum, Japan) Dr MAGUIRE, Simon (Sotheby’s) Dr MATSUMOTO, Naomi (Goldsmiths) Dr MILLS, Simon (Durham University) Dr NORTON, Barley (Goldsmiths) PEARSON, Lara (Durham University) PRYER, Anthony (Goldsmiths) Dr TAN, Hwee-San (SOAS, University of London)Prof TERADA, Yoshitaka (National Ethnology Museum, Japan) Prof WAJIMA, Yusuke (University of Osaka) Prof YOSHIDA, Hiroshi (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)


Admission is free. However, early registration is strongly advised.

For further information, please contact: Dr Naomi Matsumoto ( 


19-21 February 2014
Music Department, Goldsmiths, the University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Dr Naomi Matsumoto

Music Department, Goldsmiths, the University of London