Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP150103204 [ 2015 - 2017 ]

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Researchers Dr David Irving

Brief description In the Indian Ocean Territories of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island live the oldest established Malay-Muslim communities within the Commonwealth of Australia. This project examines the history and practice of Malay music traditions through a pioneering ethnomusicological study of music and dance, examining their role as key factors in preserving and strengthening unique cultural identities. It also considers how Malay music culture was transplanted to these islands from the nineteenth century onwards. Research outputs include the first scholarly articles on these topics, public performances and lectures, a conference, and a documentary film investigating the social contexts and cultural meaning of Malay music on the islands.

Funding Amount 212429

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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