Hae-kyung Um

Hae-kyung Um studied the traditional Korean 12-stringed zither, kayagûm and completed her MA in Korean historical musicology at Seoul National University, South Korea. She then studied ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland in the U.S.A. and received her PhD at The Queen's University of Belfast, UK where her research focused on the traditional Korean musical drama, p'ansori.

Um completed a three-year project (1993-1996) in Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in which she studied the relationship that exists between music-making and identity amongst the Korean diaspora in these post-soviet states. Her research was funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Economic and Social Research Council, UK. She is presently a research fellow of the PAATI (Performing Arts in Asia: Tradition and Innovation) programme at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands. Her current research focuses on the performing arts of Korea and the Korean diaspora in the former Soviet Union and China.

Major publications:

1992, Making P'ansori: Korean Musical Drama.Unpublished PhD thesis. The Queen's University of Belfast, United Kingdom.

1993, `Mode (Cho) in P'ansori, Korean Narrative Music', in Ethnomusicologica II: Atti Del VI European Seminar in Ethnomusicology Siena 17-21 Augsto 1989. Quaderni Dell'Accademia Chigiana XLV. Edited by Giovanni Giuriati. Siena, Accademia Musicale Chigiana. pp. 135-152.

1993, `Changing Views on the Aesthetics of P'ansori, Korean Narrative Music with Reference to Ch'unhyang-ga (The Song of Ch'unhyang)', in European Studies in Ethnomusicology: Historical Developments and Recent Trends. Edited by Max Peter Baumann, Artur Simon, and Ulrich Wegner. Wilhelmshaven, Folorian Noetzel Verlag. pp. 189-198.

1994, `Socio-Historical Context and Creative Process in the Construction of Korean Dramatic Narrative', Lore and Language, Vol 12. pp. 253-275.

1996, `The Korean Diaspora in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: Social Change, Identity and Music-Making', in Nationalism, Minorities and Diasporas: Identities and Rights in the Middle East. Edited by Kirsten E. Schulze, Martin Stokes, and Colm Campbell. London, I. B. Tauris. pp. 217-232.

(In press), `Kagok, Sijo, Kasa', `Korean Vocal Techniques', and `P'ansori', in Garland Encyclopaedia of World Music. Vol. 7, East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea. Edited by Yosihiko Tokumaru for the volume and sub-edited by Robert Provine for Korea. New York, Garland Publishing.

(Forthcoming), `Listening Patterns and the Construction of Ethnic Identity of the Korean Diaspora in the Former USSR', British Journal of Ethnomusicology.

(Forthcoming), `Modelling and Measuring the Parameters of Performance', 1998 IIAS Yearbook..

(Forthcoming), `In Search for a National and Global Performing Art: A Contemporary Korean Musical "Chang Pogo, The Prince of Maritime Trade" Presented in the Netherlands', IIAS Newsletter, No. 19, 1999.