Curriculum Vitae


I completed my PhD in Historical Musicology at King’s College London under the supervision of Daniel Leech-Wilkinson and Martin Stoke. The doctorate was preceded by an MA in Critical Methodologies from the Department of French, King’s College London, and a BMus (Hons) from the University of Birmingham.

I am primarily a historian of cultural reception. My two main areas of research are twentieth-century musical reception and the media representations of LGBT culture. I have further research interests in Chinese and Sinophone popular music, the global circulation of Indonesian traditional music, and the aesthetics of Argentine experimental music.

On musical reception, I have written on the history and historiography of Beethoven reception in Western Europe, on the distribution and adaption of the Indonesian angklung in Southeast Asia and Germany, and on the performance of European music in Singapore. My interest in the project and politics of cultural reception and resistance extends to my work on LGBT arts and media. I am currently thinking about the correlations between LGBT life course, such as love and death, and their representations in different mediated forms across the long twentieth century, and also about the intersections between gender and race in global popular music and culture, especially in the Siniticate world. I welcome graduate students who are keen to work on any of these topics.

Contact information: powjunkai (at) gmail (dot) com

Teaching Areas:

  • Western art music in the world post-1800; digital musicology
  • Music, gender and sexuality; queer musicology
  • Critical theory and methodologies, including historiography and psychoanalytic theories

Major Publications (Maximum of 5):

  • ‘Eggebrecht’s Beethoven, Or the German Occupation of/with Reception Theory’, in Erik Levi and David Fanning (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Music Under German Occupation, 1938-1945: Propaganda, Myth, and Reality, London and New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • ‘Symbolic Listening: The Enjoyment of Resistance and the Resistance of Enjoyment’, in Samuel Wilson (ed.), Music and Psychoanalysis, London: Routledge, 2017.
  • ‘Jolivet’s Beethoven: Supplementarity, Topicality, Alterity’, in Deborah Mawer (ed.), Historical Interplay in French Music and Culture, London: Routledge, 2017.
  • ‘The Dialectic of Capitalist Reclamation, Or Traditional Malay Music at the Fin de Siècle Singapore’, South East Asia Research 22(1), 2014, 123-140.
  • (edited with Ho Chee Kong) Singapore Soundscape: Musical Renaissance of a Global City. Singapore: National Library Board, 2014.