Samuel Chan

Samuel Chan

Samuel Chan is a PhD student at New York University working on global music studies and Sinophone studies. His dissertation project examines the imperial legacies and practices of musical knowledge in Hong Kong at the turn of the twenty-first century, and he is also broadly interested in voice, sound, and media in global Asia. He graduated with an MA from the Integrative Studies program at UC San Diego as a Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholar, and a BA with First Class Honors from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he was awarded the Bernard van Zuiden Music Prize.

He has received the Hollace Anne Schafer Award from the American Musicological Society New England Chapter and the Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology Mid-Atlantic Chapter for his work on musical hatred and vocal racialization across Asia/America. His research is supported by the CV Starr Grant for Asian/Pacific/American Research, Henry Mitchell MacCracken Fellowship, as well as grants from the Society for Music Theory, Project Spectrum, the Hong Kong SAR Government, among others. In 2020–21, he was nominated by the NYU Dean of Humanities to attend the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University.

Apart from his academic work, he is now coordinating the 2020–21 NYU Music Colloquium Series on anti-racist strategizing in music studies and the sonic arts, and has previously co-organized the sound studies conferences Un/Sounding the Relational City and Sonic Fluidities. At the AMS, he is currently serving on the Communications Committee, the Global East Asian Music Research Study Group, and the Strategic Planning Task Force on Membership and Public Programs. He also serves as Associate Editor at SEM Student News, an admin at Decolonizing Ethnomusicology, and a member of the Engaged Music Theory Working Group.


PhD student in Music, New York University 2018–

MA in Music–Integrative Studies, UC San Diego 2018

BA in Music, First Class Honors, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 2016

Research Interests

musical knowledge, voice, sound, media in global Asia

global music studies, Sinophone/postcolonial studies

failure, hatred, cringe, humor, gastromusicology

Conference Presentations

“Conscripts of Global Music Studies,” RMA Music & Philosophy SG, King’s College London 2021

“Sinophone Discords: The Politics of Musical Hatred,” Hatred and/of Music, AMS Music & Philosophy SG, AMS/SMT 2020

Respondent, Mapping Music and East Asia, AMS Global East Asian Music Research SG, AMS/SMT 2020

“Haunting Vocalities: Sinophone Articulations across Asia/America,” SEM Mid-Atlantic Chapter, UNC Chapel Hill 2020; Harvard University 2020

“Sinophonic Discords: Musical Hatred and the Negotiation of Sonic Difference,” AMS New England Chapter, Amherst College 2019

“Traversing Territories,” Music and Borders, University of Michigan 2018

“Politics of a Howl,” Techniques of Listening, University of Minnesota 2017

“Listening to Abjection and Politics,” Music, Multiculturalism, and the Postcolonial Condition, Musiikkiarkisto, Helsinki 2017

“Listening,” Keywords: Rethinking Hong Kong Cultures, HKU 2017

Selected Awards and Grants

Hollace Anne Schafer Award, American Musicological Society

Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize, Society for Ethnomusicology

Minority Travel Grant, Society for Music Theory

CV Starr Research Grant, NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute

Henry Mitchell MacCracken Fellowship, NYU

Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Scholarship

Hong Kong SAR Government Scholarship

Kunkle and Pommerenke Grand Scholarship, CUHK

Bernard van Zuiden Music Prize, CUHK


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