NORIKO MANABE

I am an Assistant Professor of Musicology in the Department of Music at Princeton University, where I am also associated faculty in the Department of East Asian Studies, Program in Latin American Studies, and Program in American Studies. My research examines the relationships between music and social movements, language and meaning, new media, and the music business, particularly as they relate to popular music and music in Japan and Latin America. My publications and conference papers have discussed music and the antinuclear movement; the impact of the Japanese language on rapthe aesthetics of hip-hop DJs the indigenization of Japanese reggae; Japanese children's songs as instruments of propaganda and the development of musical style; the impact of ringtones and new media on music; the interaction of text and music in the songs of Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez; the reflection of vernacular musics in works by Cuban modernists; and the influence of Italian opera on Cuban zarzuelas. They have appeared in Ethnomusicology, Popular Music, Asian Music, Latin American Music Review, Transcultural Music Review, and several edited volumes. My PhD (CUNY Graduate Center, 2009) was a double concentration in ethnomusicology and music theory, and I integrate methods from both fields, as well as those from linguistics, economics, literary studies, and the social sciences. Previously, I taught at Brooklyn College, John Jay College, and Marymount Manhattan College.

I am currently writing a monograph about music and the antinuclear movement in Japan, with the tentative title, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Music, Musicians, and the Antinuclear Movement in Post-Fukushima Japan (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). The project is supported by the NEH Fellowship for Advanced Social Science Research in Japan, and the forthcoming book won the Book Subvention Award from the Society of Ethnomusicology, Diversity Action Committee, in 2013. I am also working on two additional monographs—one on Japanese children's songs from the Meiji to the postwar periods, and another on musical scenes in Japan, including rock, hip-hop, reggae, and dance music.

My research has received generous support from the NEH Fellowship for Advanced Social Science Research in Japan, Kluge Fellowship, Japan Foundation Fellowship, the SSRC/JSPS Fellowship, Princeton, and CUNY. I have held visiting positions with the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto and Tokyo University of the Arts. In addition to Japan, I have conducted archival research and fieldwork in Cuba, Spain, Mexico, and Indonesia. 

I play keyboards, sing, and write songs for Wayside Shrines, a collective of Princeton-area musicians performing original songs to lyrics by Paul Muldoon. Our album, Word on the Street, is available at the Princeton Record Exchange and Amazon.com. Information on the band's performances and other activities are posted on our Facebook page and Twitter.  

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