Chennai Mathematical Institute


3.30-5.00 p.m.
David R M Irving -- Intercultural Contact and the Comparative Study of Musical Instruments, 1500-1800 & Katherine Butler Schofield -- Indo-Persian musical synthesis? The tanbur and rudra vina in seventeenth-century Indo-Persian treatises

David R M Irving & Katherine Butler Schofield



David R M Irving is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Kings College London, where he leads the Malay Case Study on the project "Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean". From 2007 to 2011 he held a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ College, Cambridge; and since 2009 he has been Director of Studies in Music at Downing College, Cambridge. Recent publications include his book "Colonial Counterpoint: Music in Early Modern Manila'' (Oxford University Press, 2010) and the article ``Comparative Organography in Early Modern Empires" (Music & Letters, 2009). Like Katherine, David is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Katherine Butler Schofield (nee Brown) is Lecturer in Music at Kings College London, and Principal Investigator of a major new 1.18M European Research Council project, "Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean". Her research interests lie in South Asian music, Mughal history, Indo-Persian literature, music and Islam, and music and empire, particularly where these intersect with issues of gender, friendship, love, ethics, pleasure, and connoissueurship. She is currently preparing a monograph on music, musicians and their patrons in Mughal North India, entitled "The place of pleasure: Hindustani music in Mughal society, 1593-1707". Katherine is a Fellow and Member of Council of the Royal Asiatic Society.