Research Profile

Lijuan Qian

Biography


                         
Lijuan Qian is a Irish Research Council MSCA COFUND Fellow at the Department of Music. She was a Irish Research Council  post-doctoral research fellow from 2015-2017. With a PhD in Ethnomusicology at the University of Sheffield in 2011 and a MA in Musicology at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2005, she is mainly interested in mass aesthetics and reflection in popular music.

Currently she is working on the CAROLINE project: "Applying Cultural Heritage as a Means of Sustainable Development: Voices of Women Culture Bearers in Yunnan, China." This project aims to build new models through collaborative, applied research that optimize the opportunities for economically disadvantaged and ethnically marginalized women. Women will be encouraged and assisted in utilising their position as culture bearers to develop and realise new employment opportunities in the cultural heritage sector. Apart from its practical benefits for those involved, the project also aims to update theoretical knowledge on maintaining and developing cultural heritage, through assessing culture bearers’ own reflections upon their roles in a development context.

Lijuan is also writing a book on her previous postdoc project, "Making Sense of TV Music Talent Show in China: An Audience Ethnography". This research asks: how do TV audiences work in contemporary China, what spaces are opened up for audience action and interaction, and what are the ramifications of this both within and beyond China itself?

Lijuan mainly worked at Sichuan Normal University before joining UCC, at a three year research fellow post (2011-4) and a two year lectureship (2005-7). She was also a part time lecturer at Shanghai Maritime University (2003-4) and chief piano teacher at Shanghai music kindergarten (2003-5).

Lijuan has been awarded the following research grants and funding: The Irish Research Council Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017); Government of Ireland Post-doctoral Fellowship from Irish Research Council (2015), The Scientific Research Foundation for Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars from China State Education Ministry (2013), Overseas Research Studentship Awards Scheme from UK Department for Education and Skills (2007), University Studentship (2007) and Excellence Exchange Scheme (2009) from the University of Sheffield, and Young Scholar Project from Sichuan Normal University (2006).

Lijuan has published a monograph in Chinese, A Tolerant Mainstream: The Pop Song in China in the 1980s (2016) and a translation book from English to Chinese (E. H. Gombrich, Julian Hochberg, Max Black, Arts, Perception and Reality, 2015) and over 20 articles, book reviews and essays mainly on mass culture and popular music studies.

Research Interests

I mainly work at the areas of Chinese popular music, aesthetics of music, and mass media and culture.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Applying Cultural Heritage as a Means of Sustainable Development: Voices of Women Culture Bearers in Yunnan, ChinaIrish Research Council01-OCT-1730-SEP-20€222,897.00
Making Sense of TV Music Talent in China: An Audience EthnographyIrish Research Council01-OCT-1530-SEP-17€86,570.00

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2016)Kuanrongde zhuliu: zhongguo bashi niandaide liuxing gequ (A Tolerant Mainstream: The Pop Song in China in the 1980s).
Lijuan Qian (2016) Kuanrongde zhuliu: zhongguo bashi niandaide liuxing gequ (A Tolerant Mainstream: The Pop Song in China in the 1980s). China: Guangxi Normal University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'Humanism in Red: A New Mainstream Narrative in the Pop Songs in 1980s’ China'
Lijuan Qian (2019) 'Humanism in Red: A New Mainstream Narrative in the Pop Songs in 1980s’ China' In: Oxford Handbook of the Music of China. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2019)'Class Division and Overlaps in New Digital Popular Music Formats in China'
Lijuan Qian (2019) 'Class Division and Overlaps in New Digital Popular Music Formats in China' In: The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music and Social Class. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing Inc. [Details]
(2019)'The Music of China'
Lijuan Qian (2019) 'The Music of China' In: On Music of the World. Herndon, VA: Connect for Education, Inc. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2017)'Which Identity Matters? Competing Ethnicity in Chinese TV Music Contests'
Lijuan Qian (2017) 'Which Identity Matters? Competing Ethnicity in Chinese TV Music Contests'. World of Music, 6(2017) (2):57-82 [Details]

Articles

 YearPublication
(2016)Guoji shengxiang—Jingji tizhi shiyanxiade yinyue gongye anli fenxi’ (International Audio and Video Company: An Case Study from Music Industry under the Economic System Reform in China). Xinghai yinyue xueyuan xuebao (Journal of Xinghai Conservatory of Music) Vol 143 (02): 61-5.
Lijuan Qian (2016) Guoji shengxiang—Jingji tizhi shiyanxiade yinyue gongye anli fenxi’ (International Audio and Video Company: An Case Study from Music Industry under the Economic System Reform in China). Xinghai yinyue xueyuan xuebao (Journal of Xinghai Conservatory of Music) Vol 143 (02): 61-5. Guangzhou, China: Articles   [Details]
(2015)Jingying haishi dazhong? zhongguo 1980 niandai liuxing gequ zhongde minjian wenhua he jingying chanshi’ (Elite and Popular: Folk Culture and Its Elite Interpretation in Pop Song in China in the 1980s).
Lijuan Qian (2015) Jingying haishi dazhong? zhongguo 1980 niandai liuxing gequ zhongde minjian wenhua he jingying chanshi’ (Elite and Popular: Folk Culture and Its Elite Interpretation in Pop Song in China in the 1980s). Beijing, China: Articles   [Details]
(2012)Shenfen, zhengzhi he tengtong: yingwen wenxianzhongde zhongguo liuxing yinyue an yanjiu’ (Identity, Politics and Pain: English Literature on Chinese Popular Music).
Lijuan Qian (2012) Shenfen, zhengzhi he tengtong: yingwen wenxianzhongde zhongguo liuxing yinyue an yanjiu’ (Identity, Politics and Pain: English Literature on Chinese Popular Music). Guangzhou, China: Articles [Details]
(2011)Cong shanghen dao zhuliu: chengshihuade caogen liuxing gequ “xibeifeng”’ (The Urbanized Grass-roots Pop Song Style “Northwest Wind”: From Trauma to Mainstream).
Lijuan Qian (2011) Cong shanghen dao zhuliu: chengshihuade caogen liuxing gequ “xibeifeng”’ (The Urbanized Grass-roots Pop Song Style “Northwest Wind”: From Trauma to Mainstream). Beijing, China: Articles [Details]
(2006)Yinyue pian ai yu shenfen jian gou (Musical Preferences and Identity Construction).
Lijuan Qian (2006) Yinyue pian ai yu shenfen jian gou (Musical Preferences and Identity Construction). Beijing, China: Articles [Details]
(2005)‘Yinyue pian’ai jiqi wenhua biaoxian: jiu dangdai daxuesheng yinyue pian’ai fenggede sikao’ (Musical Preference and Cultural Expression: The Favorites Musical Styles of Current College Students).
Lijuan Qian (2005) ‘Yinyue pian’ai jiqi wenhua biaoxian: jiu dangdai daxuesheng yinyue pian’ai fenggede sikao’ (Musical Preference and Cultural Expression: The Favorites Musical Styles of Current College Students). Beijing, China: Articles [Details]
(2005)Yinyue lingting yu qinggan chenshu: Tan daxuesheng yinyue pian’ai zhong de qinggan zhudao yinsu’ (Listening to Music and Narratives of Sensibilities: Sentiment as a Dominant Factor Affecting College Students’ Musical Preferences).
Lijuan Qian (2005) Yinyue lingting yu qinggan chenshu: Tan daxuesheng yinyue pian’ai zhong de qinggan zhudao yinsu’ (Listening to Music and Narratives of Sensibilities: Sentiment as a Dominant Factor Affecting College Students’ Musical Preferences). Beijing, China: Articles [Details]
(2004)‘Tan yinyuexinlixuede zhongyaoxing’ (On the Importance of the Social Psychology of Music).
Lijuan Qian (2004) ‘Tan yinyuexinlixuede zhongyaoxing’ (On the Importance of the Social Psychology of Music). Beijing, China: Articles   [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2014)Jiekai chuangyezhede shenmi miansha: Catherine Fitterman Radbill xinzhu “yinyue gongye rumen”’ (book review: Introduction to The Music Industry, An Entrepreneurial Approach).
Lijuan Qian (2014) Jiekai chuangyezhede shenmi miansha: Catherine Fitterman Radbill xinzhu “yinyue gongye rumen”’ (book review: Introduction to The Music Industry, An Entrepreneurial Approach). Beijing, China: Book Reviews   [Details]
(2011)Dui geti biaodade shendu miaohui-yi “zhongguo yinyue zhuanji” wei li’ (The thick description to individual musician).
Lijuan Qian (2011) Dui geti biaodade shendu miaohui-yi “zhongguo yinyue zhuanji” wei li’ (The thick description to individual musician). Guangzhou, China: Book Reviews [Details]

Invited Seminars

 YearPublication
(2019)The Regional Collabration under Globalization: Music in Ireland and China.
Lijuan Qian (2019) The Regional Collabration under Globalization: Music in Ireland and China. Invited Seminars [Details]
(2018)'Which Identity Matters? Ethnic Musicans in TV Music Contests in China’. Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Guangzhou, China.
Lijuan Qian (2018) 'Which Identity Matters? Ethnic Musicans in TV Music Contests in China’. Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Guangzhou, China. Invited Seminars [Details]
(2018)‘Applying Cultural Heritage as a Means of Sustainable Development: Voices of Women Culture Bearers in Yunnan, China.’ Yunnan Arts Academy, Kunming, China, November; Beijing Normal University ⦁Hongkong Baptist University United International College. Zhuhai, China, December.
Lijuan Qian (2018) ‘Applying Cultural Heritage as a Means of Sustainable Development: Voices of Women Culture Bearers in Yunnan, China.’ Yunnan Arts Academy, Kunming, China, November; Beijing Normal University ⦁Hongkong Baptist University United International College. Zhuhai, China, December. Invited Seminars [Details]
(2018)‘Traditional Music Today, Case Studies from Ireland and Chinese Ethnicity Areas in Yunnan.’ Suzhou Technology University.
Lijuan Qian (2018) ‘Traditional Music Today, Case Studies from Ireland and Chinese Ethnicity Areas in Yunnan.’ Suzhou Technology University. Invited Seminars [Details]
(2018)'Solutions to be financially sustainable, female cultural bearer in Yunnan ethnicity areas’. Yunnan Financial University.
Lijuan Qian (2018) 'Solutions to be financially sustainable, female cultural bearer in Yunnan ethnicity areas’. Yunnan Financial University. Invited Seminars [Details]
(2016)Flying Out: Female Singer-songwriters in Chinese TV Music Talent Show ‘Sing My Song‘.
Lijuan Qian (2016) Flying Out: Female Singer-songwriters in Chinese TV Music Talent Show ‘Sing My Song‘. Invited Seminars [Details]
(2014)Romanticized Xibeifeng: An Experiment in Making a New Musical Mainstream in China.
Lijuan Qian (2014) Romanticized Xibeifeng: An Experiment in Making a New Musical Mainstream in China. Cork, Ireland: Invited Seminars [Details]

Magazine article

 YearPublication
(2012)Aodaliya gejuyuan “yeyingde ai”’ (Sydney Opera House: The Love of the Nightingale).
Lijuan Qian (2012) Aodaliya gejuyuan “yeyingde ai”’ (Sydney Opera House: The Love of the Nightingale). Shanghai,China: Magazine article [Details]
(2005)New Elite Director Reinterprets Handel’s Opera “Julius Caesar”).
Lijuan Qian (2005) New Elite Director Reinterprets Handel’s Opera “Julius Caesar”). Shanghai, China: Magazine article [Details]
(2004)‘Rang geju chongxin zouxiang guanzhong’ (New Tips from Western People to Let Audiences Like Opera Again).
Lijuan Qian (2004) ‘Rang geju chongxin zouxiang guanzhong’ (New Tips from Western People to Let Audiences Like Opera Again). Shanghai,China: Magazine article [Details]
(2004)‘Xiandaiban baozhuang geju’ (Operas in Modern Versions Makes People Feels Happiness or Trepidation).
Lijuan Qian (2004) ‘Xiandaiban baozhuang geju’ (Operas in Modern Versions Makes People Feels Happiness or Trepidation). Shanghai,China: Magazine article [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2017)‘Female Singer-Songwriters and China’s TV Talent Shows. China Policy Institute: Analysis.
Lijuan Qian (2017) ‘Female Singer-Songwriters and China’s TV Talent Shows. China Policy Institute: Analysis. Newspaper Articles   [Details]

Translations

 YearPublication
(2015)Arts, Perception and Reality.
E. H. Gombrich, Julian Hochberg, Max Black (2015) Arts, Perception and Reality. Translations [Details]
(2005)‘Richang lingting zhongde qinggan’ (Emotions in Everyday Listening to Music).
Lijuan Qian (2005) ‘Richang lingting zhongde qinggan’ (Emotions in Everyday Listening to Music). Tianjin, China: Translations   [Details]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
British Forum of Ethnomusicology member/
International Association for the Study of Popular Music popular music study/

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2017The Irish Research Council Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship Irish Research Council & European Research Council
2015Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015 Irish Research Council
2013The Scientific Research Foundation for Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars China State Education Ministry
2007Overseas Research Studentships Awards Scheme UK Department for Education and Skills
2008University of Excellence Exchange Scheme University of Sheffield
2007University of Sheffield Studentship University of Sheffield Studentship University of Sheffield

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2019)International Conference of Cultural Governance in Asia (ICCGA),
Lijuan Qian (2019) Being Local: State Place-making Strategies in Tourist Towns in Yunnan. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Conference of Cultural Governance in Asia (ICCGA), Hong Kong . [Details]
(2018)2018 Kunming Forum for Ethnomusicology and Ethnic Minority Music,
Lijuan Qian (2018) Applying Cultural Heritage as a Means of Sustainable Development: Voices of Women Culture Bearers in Yunnan, China. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 2018 Kunming Forum for Ethnomusicology and Ethnic Minority Music, Kunming, China . [Details]
(2018)The 6th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference, International Association of Popular Music Studies,
Lijuan Qian (2018) Dialect, Tone and Psychedelic Fantasy: Hip-hop in Chinese TV Music Contests. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The 6th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference, International Association of Popular Music Studies, Beijing . [Details]
(2017)19th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study Popular Music,
Lijuan Qian (2017) Sing My Song: A New Format in Chinese TV Music Talent Shows. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 19th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study Popular Music, Kassel . [Details]
(2017)British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference,
Lijuan Qian (2017) Contesting Ethnicity: Ethnic Singer-Songwriters in Chinese TV show Sing My Song. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, Sheffield . [Details]
(2016)British Forum of Ethnomusicology,
Lijuan Qian (2016) Making Sense of TV Music Talent Shows in China: An Audience Ethnography. [Oral Presentation], British Forum of Ethnomusicology, KENT , 14-APR-16 - 17-APR-16. [Details]
(2014)International Association for the Study of Popular Music (UK & Ireland) Conference,
Lijuan Qian (2014) The collaboration of collectivism and individualism: the Chinese pop song “Fills the World with Love”. [Oral Presentation], International Association for the Study of Popular Music (UK & Ireland) Conference, Cork,Ireland . [Details]
(2010)British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference,
Lijuan Qian (2010) The Importation of Pop Music Knowledge and Its Local Adaptation: Cassette Technology in 1980s China.’. [Oral Presentation], British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, Oxford . [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork postdoctoral research fellow01-OCT-15 /
Sichuan Normal Univeristy research fellow01-JUL-11 / 30-AUG-14
Sichuan Normal University lecturer01-AUG-05 / 30-AUG-07
Shanghai Maritime University part-time lecturer01-FEB-03 / 01-FEB-04
Shanghai Music Kindergarten Chief teacher in piano01-AUG-03 / 30-JUL-05

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2011University of Sheffield PhDMusic
2005Shanghai Conservatory of Music M.A.Music

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Chinese FluentFluentFluent
English FluentFluentFluent

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