Global Perspectives in Histories of Music Theory

General Programming

  • Columbia Center for Science and Society
  • Center for Korean Research
  • Department of Music, Columbia University
  • Department of Music, Cornell University
  • Carmel Raz, Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia
  • Lan Li, Presidental Fellow in Society and Neuroscience at the Center for Science and Society at Columbia
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated


This conference brings together music scholars and historians of science to develop new insights into global histories of music theory. Together, our participants investigate convergences and divergences across time and place. With talks on subjects including tuning theories in ancient China and court music in fifteenth-century Korea, this event explores how complex concepts in mathematics, cosmology, and artisanal practice arose in response to similar concerns around classifying pitches, modes, and instruments.

Speakers Include: Andrew Hicks (Cornell), Carlos Ramirez (Cornell), David E. Cohen (Columbia), Eugenia Lean (Columbia), Guangming Li (UCLA), Joon Park (Arkansas), Kavita Sivaramakrishnan (Columbia), Mahir Cetiz (Columbia), Miki Kaneda (Boston University), Nancy Rao (Rutgers), Nathan John Martin (Michigan), Qingfan Jiang (Columbia), Sadegh Ansari (Columbia), Zoe Weiss (Cornell)

  • Carmel Raz Lecturer in Music Columbia University
  • Andrew Hicks Assistant Professor, Musicology Cornell University
  • Carlos Roberto Ramirez Graduate School Dean's Scholar Cornell University
  • Eugenia Lean East Asian Language-Culture Columbia University
  • David E. Cohen Adjunct Professor of Music Columbia University
  • Bert Hansen Professor Baruch College
  • Eben Graves Mellon Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Music, 2016-18 Columbia University
  • Guangming Li Director Bright Institute of Music
  • Joon Park Assistant Professor, Music Department University of Arkansas
  • Kavita Sivaramakrishnan Associate Professor, Sociomedical Sciences Columbia University
  • Lan Li Presidential Scholar of Society and Neuroscience Columbia University
  • Mahir Cetiz Core Lecturer, Music Humanities Columbia University
  • Matthew L. Jones James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization Columbia University
  • Miki Kaneda Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology Boston University
  • Nancy Yunhwa Rao Professor of Music Theory Rutgers University
  • Nathan Martin Assistant Professor of Music University of Michigan
  • Qinfang Jiang PhD Student in Historical Musicology Columbia University
  • Sadegh Ansari PhD Student, Department of Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies Columbia University
  • Zoe Weiss Graduate Student in Musicology Cornell University