• Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Music

Years of Affiliation: 2017-2018

Rujing Huang is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology working towards completing her dissertation. Her work examines the hitherto unstudied, twenty-first century revivals of yayue, ritual music historically performed in the courts of ancient and imperial China. It explores how the dynamic encounter between this distant musical past and the world of cosmopolitan, court-less China is entwined with a larger, nationalist agenda seeking to re-compose an image of Chineseness that, ideally, resembles no other. Via the trajectories of yayue, her project traces the long arc of China’s transformations from imperial polity to nation-state to its global diaspora.

Research Interests: musical exoticism, nationalism, classical Chinese music theory, ritual theory, popular music

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opens in a new windowRe-harmonizing China: Dissonant Tone Clusters, a Consonant Nation
Rujing Huang , Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnomusicology at Harvard University, explores the musical roots of “harmony” in Chinese history.

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