Toward a Musical History of the Indonesian Archipelago

Post-doctoral fellowship in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Davis, focusing on Indonesian music

Open date: June 1, 2019 

Last review date: September 1, 2019 

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled. 

Final date: December 31, 2019 

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. 


 The Department of Music at the University of California Davis invites applications for a full-time post-doctoral position in ethnomusicology. The appointment will be for one year with a potential start date of 1/1/2020. 

The position is funded through the Henry Luce Foundation. The project, “Toward a music history of the Indonesian archipelago,” has two overall goals: (1) to consolidate and corroborate existing evidence about the musics of the Indonesia archipelago, and (2) to mine a hitherto underutilized resource: documentation, in assorted media, from Christian missions that took root in many parts of the East Indies in the colonial era. 

 The post-doctoral scholar(s) will (1) identify, procure, and examine mission archival data for information about musics in the Indonesian archipelago together with the project’s principal investigators, Anna Maria Busse Berger and Henry Spiller; (2) help organize and participate in one of two international conferences, to be held in Davis (October 2020 and October 2021) that will invite scholars to share research related to Christian missionaries’ musical activities in Indonesia; (3) pursue the post-doctoral scholar’s own research. 

For a complete description of the position and information on application download the official announcement.

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