Dr Jenny McCallum is an ethnomusicologist with particular interest in the musics of Southeast Asia from both contemporary and historical perspectives. She joined the Conservatorium in 2015 to undertake research in the Australian Research Council Discovery Project "Malay Music and Dance from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island" (2015-17) in collaboration with Principal Investigator Dr David Irving. This pioneering ethnomusicological study of Malay music and dance in Australia's Indian Ocean Territories examines local performance traditions as factors in preserving unique local identities, and cultural change in connection with dramatic social, political and economic transformation.
She completed her doctoral research on sound, music, space and intercultural relations in the colonial Malay world as part of the project "Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean" at King’s College London. Prior to that, she spent several years in Solo, Central Java, learning gamelan and experiencing a wide variety of other musical scenes including punk, reggae and experimental music. She has been a keen performer of central Javanese gamelan ever since, and has played with groups in York, London and Melbourne.
Her research and teaching interests include:
Southeast Asian music and dance
Subcultural music in non-western contexts
Music and diaspora
Cultural change and endangered traditions
Additional Grant Information
Jenny McCallum completed her PhD as part of the project "Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean", funded by the European Research Council and based at King's College London (2011-15).
She is currently working on the Australian Research Council-funded Discovery Project "Malay Music and Dance from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island" (2015-17) with Principal Investigator Dr David R.M. Irving.
Education and training
King's College London 2015
School of Oriental and African Studies 2011
University of York 2005
Awards and honors
BFE Student paper prize, British Forum for Ethnomusicology,
SOAS Masters Scholarship, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London,