Research Assistant Professor
Sheryl CHOW is a fellow of the Society of Fellows in Humanities. She received her PhD in Musicology in 2023 from Princeton University with a dissertation concerning the intricate interaction among music theory, scientific knowledge and East-West cultural exchange in late imperial China. Her dissertation project was supported by the Centre for Chinese Studies Research Grant for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies and the Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship. A chapter of her dissertation, which discusses the transmission of European music theory to China in the late seventeenth century, is published as a journal article in Early Music History. She has also written a book chapter on the music of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement, forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of Protest Music. In an edited volume entitled Of Essence and Context (Springer, 2019), she published a chapter on the re-essentialization of microtonal tuning in twenty-first-century traditional Chinese music. She is also interested in the relationship between speech tones and music in Canto pop, on which she wrote a thesis for her MPhil degree.
2023“An Intertextual Public Sphere: Protest Songs of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement in Cyberspace,” in The Oxford Handbook of Protest Music (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
2019“Redefining Essence: Tuning and Temperament of Chinese Traditional Music,” in Of Essence and Context: Between Music and Philosophy, edited by Stanevičiūtė R., Zangwill N., and Povilionienė R., 255-267 (Cham: Springer, 2019)
2019“A Localised Boundary Object: Seventeenth-Century Western Music Theory in China,” Early Music History, vol. 39 (2020): 75–113