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Miss Yinyun Shi, BA Music (Shanghai), Visiting student (Durham)

Member of the Department of Music

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Yinyun was born in China. She has studied for her Bachelor Degree in Musicology in the Musicology Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music (Shanghai, China) since 2006, from where she graduated with a distinction in 2011. She has been a one-year visiting student in Durham University within a Chinese government programme in 2010. During the Bachelor study, she has issued papers both in the national and international conference. Recently, she gave a presentation of the paper "The evolution of Kunqu Opera's artistic inheritance in China during 20th century" in the International Conference of Traditional Music(ICTM) in 2011 summer, Canada.
Her research interests are broad in musicology, music analysis, world music music identity and diaspora music. Having by then identified the field of Ethnomusicology as her main interest, she enrolled in the Music Department of Durham University in October of 2011 to study for a MA by Research with Prof. Martin Clayton and Dr. Simon Mills. Her currently working on articles focusing on the study in Suzhou Pingtan, a storytelling art featuring a strong musical component of Chines chantefable music family, dealing with the issue how and why pingtan has become an iconic form of expression within Suzhou, and to illustrate how deeply imbedded in local culture story-houses may become.

Research Interests

  • Chinese music
  • Indian music
  • Music identity
  • Diaspora music