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Dr Roald H. Maliangkaij

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

Areas of expertise

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

Research interests

The history of South Korea's cultural policy and entertainment industries, including music, folklore, and popular entertainment.


Since finishing his PhD on the preservation of intangible cultural properties in South Korea (SOAS, UK), Maliangkay has expanded the scope of his research to include the history of popular entertainment. 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-); Deputy Director for HDR (ANU, 2016-); Delegated Authority for HDR students (ANU, 2015-); KSAA committee member (2012-); Korean Studies Convenor (ANU, 2013-2015); 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 for London's Time Out (1995-2000).

Editorial boards

Korean Journal of Popular Music (since October 2015); Journal for Asian Musicology (since September 2015); Seoul Journal of Korean Studies (Seoul) (since January 2012); East Asian History (ANU) (since January 2010); Korean Histories (Leiden) (since June 2009); Asian Ethnology (Nagoya) (since January 2008).

Teaching awards

  • ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2012).
  • “Wattle Oscar” for the online learning environment for Modern Korean 1 (2011).

Researcher's projects


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

In preparation: "Racy Reconciliation: Memories of the Korean War, and the Kim Sisters." 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 and Western servicemen, focusing, in particular, on the role of the Kim Sisters and their family.

PhD students (as Chair)

  • 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.


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