Associate Professor Roald H. Maliangkaij

BA/MA (Leiden), PhD (SOAS)
Director, Korea Institute
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Consumption And Everyday Life 200203
  • Musicology And Ethnomusicology 190409
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104


Fascinated by the mechanics of cultural policy and the convergence of major cultural phenomena, Roald analyses cultural industries, performance and consumption in Korea from the early twentieth century to the present.

Career highlights 

School DA and Deputy Director HDR (2016–2017); Head, CHL Dept of East Asian Studies (2015–2017); KSAA board member (since 2012); Program Director, Master's in Contemporary Asian Studies (University of Amsterdam, 2005); Branch Head, International Institute of Asian Studies (University of Leiden, 2005); Program Coordinator, SEPHIS, International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam, 2004-2005); Food Critic, Time Out (1995-2000).

Editorial boards

Korean Journal of Popular Music (since Oct 2015); The Review of Korean Studies (since Jan. 2018); Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context (since Oct. 2018).

Research awards

  • Korean Ministry of Education award for excellence in Korean studies — for his co-edited volume K-pop: The international rise of the Korean music industry, in Dec. 2016.

Teaching awards/nominations

  • Nominated for College Teaching Award for Excellence in Supervision, in 2017.
  • Nominated for “Wattle Oscar” for Modern Korean 2, in 2014.
  • ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, in 2012.
  • “Wattle Oscar” for the online learning environment for Modern Korean 1, in 2011.
  • Nominated for College Teaching Award across 6 categories, incl. Excellence in Supervision, in 2011.
  • Nominated for College Teaching Award across 2 categories, in 2010.

Researcher's projects

  • Accelerating Movements: The Introduction of Modern Time Management in Japanese Colonies. This project investigates the Japanese government's efforts to promote modern timekeeping regimes in its former colonies Korea, Taiwan, and Manchuria. Like other colonial powers, the Japanese regarded colonial subjects as being behind the times and lazy. The Western calendar and associated time-keeping standards represented modernity; by promising cultural progress and increased productivity, their introduction helped justify annexation and became a priority for businesses that relied on effective time management. How did the Japanese government promote the notion of punctuality in Korea and its other colonies, and how did it affect the colonial experience?

PhD students (as Primary Supervisor)

  • Catherine Hallett — Music in Kamigata Rakugo.
  • Koon Fung (Benny) Tong — Negotiating Old Age through Music: Understanding the Japanese Popular Music Genre ‘Enka’ as Ageing Discourse and Practice


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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