Samuel S. Chan

Samuel Chan

Samuel S. Chan is a PhD candidate at New York University, where he is currently a Fellow at the Center for the Humanities. Drawing from Sinophone studies and the anthropology of elites, his dissertation examines the institutional intersections between music, knowledge, and colonialism in global Hong Kong. He graduated with an MA from UC San Diego as a Hong Kong Jockey Club Musicology 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 attended the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University in 2021.

He has presented at the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the International Musicological Society, receiving the Hollace Anne Schafer Memorial Award and the Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize for his work on the politics of musical hatred and vocal racialization across Asia/America. His research has been supported by the Henry MacCracken Fellowship, as well as grants and scholarships from the Society for Music Theory, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, Project Spectrum, HKSAR Government, NYU Dean of Humanities, among others.

He has co-organized the sound studies conferences Un/Sounding the Relational City and Sonic Fluidities, as well as a colloquium series on anti-racist strategizing in music studies and the sonic arts. At the AMS, he has served on the Communications Committee, the Global East Asian Music Research Study Group, and the Strategic Planning Task Force on Membership and Public Programs. He has also served as Associate Editor at SEM Student News, an admin at Decolonizing Ethnomusicology, and an editor at the Engaged Music Theory Working Group.


PhD candidate in Musicology and Ethnomusicology, NYU
MPhil in Musicology and Ethnomusicology, NYU 2021
MA in Music–Integrative Studies, UC San Diego 2018
BA in Music (First Class Honors), minors in French and German, CUHK 2016

Research Interests

Sinophone, postcolonial, East Asian, and American studies
Anthropology of elites, critical university studies
Music, knowledge, and colonialism in global Hong Kong
Infrastructures of sound, voice, and media in global Asia

Selected Awards

NYU Center for the Humanities Doctoral Fellowship
Hollace Anne Schafer Memorial Award, AMS New England
Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize, SEM Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Society for Music Theory Minority Travel Grant
CV Starr Research Fund for Asian/Pacific/American Research
Henry MacCracken Fellowship
Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Musicology Scholarship
HKSAR Government Scholarship
Kunkle and Pommerenke Grand Scholarship
Bernard van Zuiden Music Prize

Conference Presentations

Respondent to keynote by Rey Chow: Voice, Accents, Selves
AMS/SEM/SMT Joint Annual Meeting, New Orleans 2022

Restaging the Colonial Encounter: Musical Knowledge in Hong Kong
International Musicological Society, Athens 2022

Conscripts of Global Music Studies
The Musicological Discipline in East Asia, IMS East Asia 2021

Globality, Digitality, and Banality in Music Studies
Music Studies in the Age of Abundance, University of Birmingham 2021

Sinophone Discords: The Politics of Musical Hatred
Hatred and/of Music, Music & Philosophy Study Group, AMS/SMT 2020

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

Panelist, Truth and Narratives
Music and Scholarship in the Shadow of a Rising China, SEM 2020

Haunting Vocalities: Sinophone Articulations across Asia/America
SEM Mid-Atlantic Chapter, UNC Chapel Hill 2020
Harvard Graduate Music Forum, Harvard University 2020

Sinophonic Discords
AMS New England, Amherst College 2019

Traversing Territories
Music and Borders, University of Michigan 2018

The Politics of a Howl
Techniques of Listening, University of Minnesota 2017

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

Keywords: Rethinking Hong Kong Cultures, HKU 2017

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