Miki Kaneda


Assistant Professor of Music, Musicology & Ethnomusicology


BA, BFA, The New School; MA, State University of New York, Stony Brook; PhD, University of California, Berkeley


808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 285


Miki Kaneda’s research focuses on transcultural crossings and the entanglements of race, gender, power, and colonial residues in experimental, avant-garde and popular music in the 20th and 21st centuries. Trained in musicology and ethnomusicology, she has published on topics including the transnational flows of experimental music, graphic scores, art and the everyday, and media ecologies. Her current book project titled “The Unexpected Collectives: Transpacific Musical Experimentalisms” is an ethnographic and historical study that focuses on intermedia (a kind of multimedia art) as a vehicle to examine transpacific artistic exchanges and relations of power through the work of 1960s Japanese and American musicians. She has also held fellowship positions at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University and the Museum of Modern Art, where she was a founding co-editor of the web platform, post.at.moma.org.


Courses at BU:

Aesthetics, Criticism, and Historiography: Sound and Image (Spring 2016)

Music Since 1960 (Spring 2016)

Topics in Music History – Transcultural Musicology (Fall 2015)

Music Since 1900 – Listening Across Borders (Fall 2015)

Music and Culture – Music and Electricity: Illusions, Mediations, Ecstasy (Spring 2015)

Interdisciplinary Topics in Music – Sonic and Visual Culture in Modern East Asia (Spring 2015)

Individual Composers: Stravinsky and Our World (Fall 2014)

Musicology and Ethnomusicology – Critical Interdisciplinary Theories and Methods (Fall 2014)