Asian-European Music Research E-Journal

ISSN 2625-378X


Asian-European Music Research Journal is a double blind peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes scholarship on traditional and popular musics and field work research, and on recent issues and debates in Asian and European communities. The journal places a specific emphasis on interconnectivity in time and space between Asian and European cultures, as well as within Asia and Europe.

The Asia-Europe Music Research Center at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (AEMRC), which is the physical site of the journal, is a new academic platform established by the conservatory on the basis of synergetic cooperation between academic institutes at home and internationally. The platform focuses on the study of musical cultures in the geographical arenas connecting Asia with Europe, specifically looking at the flows of musical ecologies and civilizations. It examines and compares the histories and current developments of multicultural practices between Asia and Europe, and explores the reinterpretation of traditional music resources in applied and sustainable contexts. The Centre seeks to promote in-depth academic exchange at home and abroad, with emphasis on interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaborations, including the promotion of cultural diversity in the digital humanities and musical knowledge building. It aims at providing a supportive research and teaching environment with a commitment to the larger interests of equality, tolerance, capacity building and the stimulation of artistic creativity, and the exploration of innovative approaches towards redefining fields of cultural study.

The journal is also associated with longstanding ‘key tertiary research bases’ focusing on humanities and the social sciences in Shanghai, including the Chinese Ritual Music Research Center and the Oriental Musical Instruments Museum, both at Shanghai Conservatory, as well as with the work of other departments at the Conservatory. The Center also cooperates with various Chinese and international universities and research institutions.

Editorial Board

Editor: Xiao Mei, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, /
Reviews Editors: Tan Hwee San, SOAS, and
Chuen-Fung Wong, Macalester College, 
Send books, films, links and other materials for review to:
Tan Hwee San, Chuen-Fung Wong, Gisa Jähnichen, Xiao Mei

Co-Editor: Gisa Jähnichen, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, /

The official email address of AEMR-EJ is

Editorial Board:
  • Ako Mashino (Dr., Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan) 
  • Alexander Djumaev (Dr., Union of Composers of Uzbekistan) 
  • Chinthaka P. Meddegoda (Dr., UVPA, Colombo, Sri Lanka) 
  • Chow Ow Wei (Dr., Putra University, Malaysia) 
  • Earl Jimenez (Dr., Philippine Women’s University, Philippines)
  • Esbjörn Wettermark (Dr., Office for Cultural Development Gävleborg, Sweden) 
  • Helen Rees (Prof. Dr., UCLA, USA) 
  • Liu Hong (Dr., Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China) 
  • Xu Xin (Dr., Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China) 
  • Razia Sultanova (Dr., Cambridge University, UK) 
  • Tan Shzr Ee (Dr., Royal Holloway, University of London, UK) 
Editorial Board

Current Issue


(Summer 2019) Welcome to Number 3 of AEMR-EJ! The first two articles of this volume by Juan Sebastián Correa Cáceres and Sarath Chandrajeewa expand the view on interdisciplinary outcomes regarding anthropology, musicology, organology, and archaeology. The third contribution represents a local report of Ram Prasad Kadel about double reed instruments found in Nepal. The following paper by Katja Claudia Nadler is presenting details of biographical data to one of the early operettas that incorporated and accommodated Asian ambience and topical structures in the performance. The following two articles by Nishadi Meddegoda and Frank Ong deal with sources and practices of popular music in Sri Lanka and Malaysia from methodically different perspectives. The last contribution of Xiao Mei is a personal essay that helps understand a number of issues regarding music education and traditional music in contemporary China. This much needed read is related to many experiences that music researchers face while working in this country. Also, this volume includes four reviews of events and research ideas by Li Ya & Yin Xiang, Gisa Jähnichen & Sarath Chandrajeewa, Ghilyana Dordzhieva, and Rastko Jakovljevic.

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Previous Issues

Previous issues can be downloaded here:

AEMR-EJ01, Summer 2018.pdf

AEMR-EJ02, Winter 2018.pdf

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions

The journal provides a forum to explore the impacts of post-colonial and globalizing movements and processes on these musics, the musicians involved, sound-producing industries, and resulting developments in today’s music practices. It adopts an open-minded perspective on diverse musics and musical knowledge cultures.

Despite focusing on traditional and popular musics, relevant themes and issues can include explorations of recent ideas and perspectives from ethnomusicology, social and cultural anthropology, musicology, communication studies, media and cultural studies, geography, art and museum studies, and other fields with a scholarly focus on Asian and European interconnectivity. The journal also features special, guest-edited issues that bring together contributions under a unifying theme or specific geographical area.

In addition, the journal includes reviews of relevant books, special issues, magazines, CDs, websites, DVDs, online music releases, exhibitions, artwork, radio programs and music festivals.

The official email address of the Center is

Please, send your full submissions (non-formatted with all your figures and items placed within the text of a word-document and a cover sheet with your personal data) to this email address. The editors will then get in touch with you on an individual basis.

Abstracting & Indexing

RILM (core), others in progress


 Frequency and Publication

Two issues per volume year, June (summer) and December (winter) commencing 2018.

Code of Ethics

Asian-European Music Research E-Journal 

The editorial board of AEMR-EJ consisting of the

Editor: Xiao Mei, Shanghai Conservatory of Music,

Reviews Editors: Tan Hwee San, SOAS, and
Chuen-Fung Wong, Macalester College,

Co-Editor: Gisa Jähnichen, Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Editorial Board:

  • Ako Mashino (Dr., Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan)
  • Alexander Djumaev (Dr., Union of Composers of Uzbekistan)
  • Chinthaka P. Meddegoda (Dr., UVPA, Colombo, Sri Lanka)
  • Chow Ow Wei (Dr., Putra University, Malaysia)
  • Earl Jimenez (MA, Philippine Women’s University, Philippines)
  • Esbjörn Wettermark (Dr., Office for Cultural Development Gävleborg, Sweden)
  • Helen Rees (Prof. Dr., UCLA, USA)
  • Liu Hong (Dr., Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China)
  • Xu Xin (Dr., Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shanghai, China)
  • Razia Sultanova (Dr., Cambridge University, UK)
  • Tan Shzr Ee (Dr., Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

[The official email address of AEMR-EJ is]

agrees to the following 


Publication ethics and malpractice statement for AEMR-EJ


1. Publication, authorship and author’s responsibilities

AEMR-EJ is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal. Papers in whatever research tradition must report new scientific findings. They should knowledgeably present the findings, give correct and complete references to previous related work by the authors and by others (citations), repeat previously published findings only inasmuch as it is necessary for understanding the context, and in a clearly identified form.

Authors of scientific publications are always jointly responsible for their content. A so-called "honorary authorship" is inadmissible.

With this definition of authorship, other contributions, even though seemingly significant are not by themselves regarded sufficient to justify authorship. For example, the following are not grounds to claim authorship:

  • the responsibility for obtaining the funds for the research,
  • the contribution of important materials,
  • the training of co-authors in certain methods,
  •  involvement in the collection and assembly of data,
  • directing an institution or working unit in which the publication originates.

However, institutions, organisations, or private persons funding or otherwise assisting the author’s research have to be acknowledged in the text of the contribution.

Authors are obliged to participate in the peer-review process, to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes and to state that all data in article are real and authentic. In papers with multiple authors, all authors have to state that they have significantly contributed to the research.

Authors have to list all references used in the paper. This includes written and audiovisual sources. Plagiarism or any use of fraudulent data will lead to rejection from publication. In the process of editing, detection software is used to help identify such issues. With respect to the originality of papers published, it is strictly forbidden to publish the same paper in more than one journal or book series at a time.

By making a submission for consideration, the author(s) agree on all the statements above.


2. Responsibility for the reviewers and editors

Reviewers and editors of submitted manuscripts are bound to respect confidentiality and to disclose conflicts of interest with respect to the research, the authors, and/or the research funders.

Judgments should be objective, constructive and based on best scientific practice. Reviewers should recommend relevant published work, including audiovisual materials, which are not cited.

Reviewers must agree to respond to a submitted manuscript within 6-8 weeks.

Editors have complete responsibility and authority to accept or reject an article, based on the recommendations of the reviewers. Editors should recommend a submission for publication, suggest that further revisions be made, or reject it outright. Editors must preserve the anonymity of reviewers. When a paper is accepted for publication, editors and reviewers must agree on the statements above.

3. Publishing ethics issues

The editorial board will monitor ethics of publication, following the rules and practices mentioned by COPE. [1] Papers submitted that cause ethical conflicts through plagiarism, fraudulent data, or issues that endanger the integrity of any academic record, will be rejected and the authors excluded from further publication in the series. Rejection of a paper follows the reviewers’ recommendations and a majority decision by the editorial board. In the same way, the editorial board precludes business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards. 

 The editorial board will publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies, if necessary. Authors and readers are invited to raise any ethical concerns with the board.


1 June, 2019.



[1] Details and regular updates: last retrieved 17 June, 2019.