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The Australian National University

Associate Professor Roald H. Maliangkaij

BA/MA (Leiden), PhD (SOAS)
Director, Korea Institute. Head, Dept of East Asian Studies. Deputy Director HDR for CHL
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Consumption And Everyday Life 200203
  • Musicology And Ethnomusicology 190409
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Cinema Studies 190201


Since obtaining his PhD in musicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, he has expanded the scope of his research to include popular entertainment. Fascinated by the mechanics of cultural policy and the convergence of major cultural phenomena, he analyses Korea's cultural industries and consumption from the early twentieth century to the present. While always foregrounding the perspective of individuals, and consumers in particular, he publishes widely on broad developments in Korean folk and popular entertainment. 

Career highlights 

KSAA board 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

Korea Journal (since March 2017); Korean Journal of Popular Music (since Oct 2015); Journal for Asian Musicology (since Sept 2015); Seoul Journal of Korean Studies (Seoul) (since Jan 2012); East Asian History (ANU) (since Jan 2010); Korean Histories (Leiden) (June 2009-Dec 2016); Asian Ethnology (Nagoya) (Jan 2008-Dec 2016).

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 (Dec 2016).

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


(Co-edited with JungBong Choi) K-pop: The international rise of the Korean music industry (Oxfordshire: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2014). 

Broken Voices: Postcolonial Entanglements and the Preservation of Korea’s Central Folksong Traditions (Honolulu: Hawai`i University Press, 2017). 

In preparation: "Performing Citizenship: 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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