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Yvonne Liao

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
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Dr Yvonne Liao is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Faculty of Music. Yvonne joined TORCH (and returned to Oxford) in 2017, having read Music as an undergraduate at Christ Church (1999–2002) and graduated with First Class. She worked at Naxos and Universal Music Hong Kong before returning to research in 2012. She completed her doctorate in 2016. In addition to her funded position as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, she is also a Non-Stipendiary Postdoctoral Associate in the Humanities at St Cross College.   

Yvonne is a music historian, whose latest research is concerned with the phenomenon of multi-colonialism in China, in particular its archival, epistemological and historiographical implications. Her Leverhulme project—which has the working title ‘Dissonant Knowledge: Music and Colonialism in Twentieth-Century China’—examines, in situ and over time, the fraught but also multifaceted relationship between colonial knowledge production and musical values, with reference to three Chinese global ports (Tianjin, Shanghai, Hong Kong), and such venues as civic halls, parks and churches. More broadly, the project explores the interpenetrations between music, global history and local geography.                        


Music historiography, post/colonial studies and epistemic ethics; music, global history and local geography; western musical practices in China and historico-ethno/musicological approaches; intersections between history and the archive.



Faculty of Music


Dr Yvonne Liao

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow