A book review is presented for Congregational Music-Making and Community in a Mediated Age, edited by Anna E. Nekola and Tom Wagner. Congregational Music Studies Series. London: Routledge, 2017. xiv + 263 pp. ISBN 978-1-4724-5919-0 (hardcover first published 2015 by Ashgate), ISBN 978-1-138-56901-0 (paperback).

Author Biography

Ying Diao is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany. Ying graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Ph.D. degree in ethnomusicology (May 2016). Based on multi-sited fieldwork in China, Myanmar, and Thailand between 2012 and 2014, her doctoral dissertation has studied contemporary religious practices and social changes of the Christian Lisu in Nujiang Prefecture of northwest Yunnan on the China-Myanmar border. It uses the lens of music to examine politics of ethnic and religious expressions in China’s minority border regions. Built upon her dissertation, her on-going project titled “Musical Mobility and the Making of Transnational Religious Networks among the Christian Lisu in post-1980s Yunnan and Myanmar,” is part of the Institute's research program on “Cross-border Religious and Ethnic Development between South-West China and South-East Asia.” Her other research interests lie in the ethnomusicological studies of world Christianities, in the modern history of Chinese-Western cultural exchange, and in the musics of minority nationalities and multiculturalism in modern Chinese society. Prior to her graduate study at Maryland, Ying received her M.A. in Theory of Literature and Arts from Fudan University, Shanghai (June 2008) and her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Tsinghua University, Beijing (July 2005).

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