Professor Richard Widdess
Musicology of South Asia, including history, theory, analysis and social context of music in North India and Nepal; music and religion in South Asia; analysis of world music; music cognition, performance and meaning in oral traditions
Richard Widdess is Professor of Musicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He holds a PhD in Music from the University of Cambridge, and was Research Fellow and Director of Studies in Music at Christ's College, Cambridge. He has been Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology; a founder editor of the British Journal of Ethnomusicology; committee member of the Indian Musicological Society; member of the QAA Subject Benchmarking Group for Music; co-organizer of the Institute of Musical Research South Asia Forum; and Head of the Department of Music, SOAS. He received the Music Forum (Mumbai) Award for contributions to Indian Music (2006). His research interests include the history and theory of music in India, especially with reference to modal concepts and the practice of vocal music; the ethnography of religious music, with reference to the temple singing traditions of Nepal; the analysis of musical performance in orally-transmitted traditions; and aspects of musical cognition and music's language relationships.
Soas, University Of London Professor of Musicology
Jan 1970 -
Dhrupad: tradition and performance in Indian music (with Ritwik Sanyal) 2004
The Ragas of Early Indian Music: modes, melodies and musical notations from the Gupta period to c. 1250 1995
Dapha: sacred singing in a South Asian city. Music and meaning in Bhaktapur, Nepal 2013
Dynamics of melodic discourse in Indian music: Budhaditya Mukherjee’s alap in rag Puriya-Kalyan in Michael Tenzer and John Roeder (eds.), Analytical and cross-cultural studies in world music 2011
Professor Martin Stokes
Ethnomusicology and anthropology of music, with particular reference to Europe, the Middle East and the Islamic World
Professor Michael Cook
The history of the Islamic world; the formation & development of traditional Islamic thought, & its implications in the modern world; Islamic thought, & its implications in the modern world; Islamic history in comparative perspective.