James Edwards

Dr. James Edwards
Senior Research & Consulting

At SINUS, he is appreciated all the more for his meticulous and culturally sensitive research. But you can also talk to him about soccer.

James Edwards grew up where the international bohemians like to live: in Portland and Los Angeles. As the son of a veterinarian and a literature professor, he was no stranger to intellectuality. He studied philosophy at Grinnell College and systematic musicology at the University of California. In 2015, he earned his PhD from UCLA, with fellowships from the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. He lived in Asia for several years (in Japan and Indonesia).

James conducted research at Okinawa International University in 2016 and taught as an adjunct professor in Portland in 2017. After that, he moved to Berlin for love. SINUS did not miss this opportunity and hired him as a study leader.

His research expertise is in esthetic anthropology, sociology, cultural economics and development theory.

He enjoys spending his free time in archives in Okinawa, where he pursues his great passion: researching the performance arts in Okinawa in the 1920s.

Book Publications

Articles and brochures

  • Edwards, James (2019): Colonialism. In: Sturman, Janet (Hrsg.): The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Edwards, James (2019): Indonesia: Modern Performance Practices. In: Sturman, Janet (Hrsg.): The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Edwards, James (2019): Music Recommender Systems. In: Sturman, Janet (Hrsg.): The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Edwards, James (2019): Public Sector Ethnomusicology. In: Sturman, Janet (Hrsg.): The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Edwards, James (2018): A Field Report from Okinawa, Japan: Ecomusicology and the 100-Year Kuruchi Forest Project. In: MUSICultures 45(1-2), S. 136-145.
  • Edwards, James. (2016): Critical Theory in Ecomusicology. In: Allen, Aaron S. / Dawe, Kevin (Hrsg.): Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Nature, Environment. New York: Routledge, S. 153-164.
  • Edwards, James / Nakazato, Masao (2016): Timizi nu in (The Bond of Water in Hands): An Early Period Kumiodori, as Staged by the National Theatre Okinawa. In: Asian Theatre Journal 33(2), S. 270-309.
  • Edwards, James (2016): Review of Wendy Matsumura, The Limits of Okinawa: Japanese Capitalism, Living Labor, and Theorizations of Community (Duke University Press). In: Marx & Philosophy Review of Books. Online: http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2016/2466
  • Edwards, James (2016): Gairaisha no mita Ryūkyū geinō: Ufuaragushiku chūyūden [jō ka] (Ryūkyūan Performing Arts Through Foreign Eyes: The Legend of Loyal Retainer Ufuaragushiku [Parts I, II ]). In: Okinawa Times, 2-3 August 2016.
  • Edwards, James (2015): Bunka gaikō no gijutsu wo hakki (Demonstrating the Arts of Cultural Diplomacy). Okinawa Times, 6 October 2015.
  • Edwards, James (2015): Uyanma (The Kept Woman): Art and Politics in Meiji Period Okinawa. In: Japan Studies Association Journal 13, S. 132 146.
  • Edwards, James (2014): Impossible Properties: Language and Legitimacy in Ong Keng Sen's Lear. In: International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies 10(2), S. 13-34.
  • Edwards, James (2012): Theory Between Inside and Outside: A Response to Zachary Wallmark's “Sacred Abjection in Zen Shakuhachi.” In: Ethnomusicology Review 17. Online: https://ethnomusicologyreview.ucla.edu/journal/volume/17/piece/584
  • Edwards, James. (2012): Review of Marvin Sterling, Babylon East: Performing Dancehall, Roots Reggae, and Rastafari in Japan (Duke University Press). In: Perfect Beat 13(2): 189-191.
  • Edwards, James (2011): Silence By My Noise: An Ecocritical Aesthetic of Noise in Japanese Traditional Sound Culture and the Sound Art of Akita Masami. In: Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 15, S. 89-102.
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