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Dr Roald H. Maliangkaij

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

Areas of expertise

  • Musicology And Ethnomusicology 190409
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Asian Cultural Studies 200202
  • Consumption And Everyday Life 200203

Research interests

South Korea's cultural policy and entertainment industries, including music, folklore, popular entertainment, fashion, designer toys, and marketing.


Since finishing his PhD on the preservation of folksongs in South Korea (SOAS, UK), Maliangkay has expanded the scope of his research to include popular culture. Fascinated by the mechanics of cultural policy and the challenges of studying the dynamics of major cultural phenomena, he analyses Korea's cultural industries and consumption from the early twentieth century to the present. 

Career highlights

Head, Dept. of East Asian Studies (ANU, 2015-); Delegated Authority for HDR students (ANU, 2015-); Korean Studies Convenor (ANU, 2013-15); 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, 2004-05); Food critic for London's Time Out (1995-00).

Researcher's projects

Finalising Broken Voices: Postcolonial Entanglements and the Preservation of Korea’s Central Folksong Traditions (Hawai`i University Press, forthcoming). 

"Short Skirt Diplomacy." This study seeks to shed light on how the impact and expression of popular music in 1950s Korea affected the post-war experience of Koreans both in Korea and abroad, focusing, in particular, on the story of the Kim Sisters and their family.

Current student projects

PhD Students

  • Catherine Hallett — Music in Kamigata Rakugo
  • Koon Fung (Benny) Tong — Ethnographic Study of Production Practices in the Japanese Popular Music Genre 'Enka'


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