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Yvonne Liao

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Dr Yvonne Liao joined TORCH (and returned to Oxford) in 2017, having read Music as an undergraduate at Christ Church (1999–2002) and graduated First Class. She worked at Naxos and Universal Music Hong Kong before returning in 2012 to research, completing in 2016 a PhD in Musicology at King’s College London on music and municipality in Shanghai of the 1930s and 1940s, and for which archival sources in Chinese, English, French and German were examined. In addition to her funded position at the Music Faculty as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, she is also an Early Career Fellow at TORCH, and a Non-Stipendiary Postdoctoral Associate in the Humanities at St Cross College.      

Yvonne is a music historian, whose latest research is concerned with musical institutions and post/colonial historical knowledge in two ‘global ports’—Shanghai and Hong Kong. This project has the working title ‘Epistemic Deliberations: Musical Institutions in China’s Global Ports, c.1900–2017’.                       

A keen advocate of Musicology as an intersectional practice in the Humanities, and of the Humanities as a globally conscious, civic cause, Yvonne has teamed up with three historians, an anthropologist and a fellow musicologist at Oxford, and co-founded the interdisciplinary funded network at TORCH, Colonial Ports and Global History (CPAGH).  


Music historiography, post/colonial studies and epistemic ethics; music and global history in but not limited to the context of modern China and East Asia; archival musicology, including intersections between history and the archive



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