James Mitchell, PhD
Professor of Ethnomusicology
Asian Music Specialist
International Experience: Australia, China, Indonesia, Laos, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, UK
- Doctor of Philosophy, Ethnomusicology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
- Graduate Diploma of Arts (Hons Class II Division), English Literature, University of Sydney, Sydney, Austrlia
- Teaching Certificate, New South Wales Department of Education, Sydney, Australia
- Graduate Diploma of Education (Music), University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
- Bachelor of Arts, Music, University of Sydney, Sydney, Austrlia
- Lukthung and the Isan question: the history and development of Thai country song.
- Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
- Guest Lecturer, Asian and African Studies Institute, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
- Lecturer, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
- Resident Ethnomusicologyist, Isan Culture Maintenance and Revitalization Program (EU Funded), College of Local Administration, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
- Teacher, English as Foreign Language, Khon Kaen, Thailand
- Guest Lecturer, 19th Century Thai History and Culture, Opera Australia's production of The King and I, Haymarket, Australia
- Visiting Research Fellow, Faculty of Fine Arts, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
- Guest Lecturer, Thai musical traditions, South East Asian Institute of Global Studies, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Teacher, English as a Foreign Language, Rajamangala University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
- Teacher, Music, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
- Teacher, English, Sutherland Shire Christian School, Sydney, Australia
- Lectures, World Music, Department of Contemporary Music Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
- Asian Ethnomusicology
- Southeast Asian Popular Music
- Thai Music and Politics
Publications: Books and Book Chapters
- Mitchell, James 2017 ‘The Siamese record industry 1903-1940’, in Pekka Gronow, Christiane Hofer & Frank Wonneberg (eds) Contributions to the History of the Record Industry v8, Vienna: Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger
- Mitchell, James 2015 ‘Beka in Siam’, in Gronow, Pekka (Ed) Unsere Reise um die Erde: Die grosse Beka-aufnahme-expedition, Contributions to the History of the Record Industry v6, Vienna: Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger, 102-103
- Mitchell, James 2015 Luk thung: The culture and politics of Thailand’s most popular music, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books
- Mitchell, James 2012 ‘The quest for soft power supremacy: Chinese and Japanese cultural currency in the Thai popular music scene’, in Lam Peng Er & Teo, Victor (Eds) Southeast Asia between China and Japan, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 195-216
Publications: Scholarly Articles
- Mitchell, James 2016, ‘Broadcasting the past: The Monash Thai music collection’ Musicology Australia, 38(2) December, 125-137
- Mitchell, James 2016, '78s and the ‘golden age of Thai song’: Content and analysis of the Thai 78 rpm Discographical Framework', SOJOURN 31(2) July 2016, 413-462
- Mitchell, James 2016, ‘The Rabbit Record Brand of Siam/Thailand 1925-1970: Assessing the Legacy of T. Ngekchuan’, Asian Music 47(2) July 2016, 48-83 13.
- Mitchell, James 2014 ‘Phleng daeng lae phleng lueang: Kan wikhro choeng prawatsat wa duai kan chai dontri khorng N.P.Ch. lae Phanthamit’, Warasan An, v5n2, 38-59 [Thai translation of 2011c]
- Mitchell, James 2014 ‘Suraphon Sombatjaroen on 78 rpm: The development of Thailand’s king of music business’, Rian Thai, 7, 67-88 15.
- Mitchell, James 2011 ‘Red and yellow songs: a historical analysis of the use of music by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in Thailand’, South East Asia Research, 19(3), 569-606
- Mitchell, James 2011 ‘Khon ban diaokan or ‘we’re from the same village’ - star/fan interaction in Thai lukthung’, Perfect Beat, 12(1), 69-89 17.
- Mitchell, James 2011 ‘Review article: Waeng Phalangwan - A Lao-Isan perspective on Thai lukthung’, Journal of Lao Studies, 2(1), 66-96 18.
- Mitchell, James 2009 ‘Thai television and pleeng luuk tung: The role of television in the Isan cultural revival’, Perfect Beat, 10(1), 79-99 19.
- Mitchell, James 2009 ‘Sorapet Pinyoo and the status of pleeng luuk tung’, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 40(2), 295–321
- Mitchell, James 2017b ‘Boom to bust! The Gramophone Company in Siam 1903 to 1913’, in Strohm, Reinhard (ed) Balzan Prize Musicology Programme Towards a global history of music
- Draper, John & Mitchell, James 2017a ‘Research Note: Report on the Completion of the Isan Culture Maintenance and Revitalization Programme’ SOJOURN 32(1) March 2017
- Mitchell, James 2016 ‘Isaan Lives: Hongthong Dao Udon: From singing star to political prisoner’, 12/09/2016 The Isaan Record, http://isaanrecord.com/2016/09/12/isaan-lives-hongthong-dao-udon-from-singing-star-to-political-prisoner/.
- Also published in Thai language by The Isaan Record, http://isaanrecord.com/2016/09/13/ 2016-molum-isaan/,
- and Prachathai, http://prachatai.org/journal/2016/09/67895.
- Mitchell, James & Drahmoune, Fabian 2015 ‘Luk Thung – The sound of political protest and Isaan’s cultural revival’, 30/10/2015, The Isaan Record, http://isaanrecord.com/2015/10/30/luk-thung-the-sound-of-political-protest-and-isaans-cultural-revival/.
- Mitchell, James 2014, Thai Music Inventory: www.thaimusicinventory.org
- Mitchell, James 2014 Youtube channel with more than 3.5 million views and 5,500 subscribers: (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_cfW4kLMUaiRqPukK9w-Pw).
- Nov 2017 Recording Industry in 78s-Era East and Southeast Asia (RIESA), ‘The 78 rpm era in Siam/Thailand’, Graduate Institute of Musicology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan.
- Dec 2016 The 5th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference, ‘Political uses of music in Thailand since the May 2014 coup’, Monash Asia Institute (MAI), Melbourne, Australia.
- June 2016 Places of Interaction: Histories of Music and Dance in India, Africa and South-East Asia, ‘The Decolonisation of the Thai popular music industry 1903 to 1969’, British Academy, London, UK.
- May 2016 17th Diskografentag-International Conference, ‘The Rabbit Record Brand of Siam/Thailand 1925-1970: Assessing the Legacy of T. Ngekchuan’, Biblioteca de Catalunya Barcelona, Spain.
- Mar 2015 International Conference of Art and Culture on Creative Economy, ‘The cultural economy of the Siamese/Thai recording industry’, Mahasarakham University, Thailand.
- Apr 2014 12th International Conference on Thai Studies (triennial), ‘Thai music on 78 rpm and the golden age of Thai song’, University of Sydney, Australia.
- Aug 2013 International Conference of Art and Culture on Creative Economy ‘The development of the Thai music industry’, Phra Nakhon Rajaphat University, Thailand.
- Jul 2013 ENITS Research Symposium, ‘Suraphon Sombatjaroen on 78 rpm: The development of Thailand’s king of music business’, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
- Jan 2013 International Workshop on Participatory Pop: Audiences, Life Styles and Fan Culture in 20th Century Southeast Asia, ‘Rueang khorng faen phleng (‘story of fans’): New fan activity for old Thai pop’, KITLV, Jakarta, Indonesia.
- Aug 2012 International Conference of Art and Culture on Creative Economy, ‘Chinese and Japanese cultural currency in the Thai popular music scene’, Sukhothai Thammathirat University, Thailand.
- Jan 2011 International Workshop on The beat goes on: Popular music in twentieth century Southeast Asia, ‘Responses to modernisation within Thai popular music (1932 - 1970) and the formation of the urban working class audience for popular music’, KITLV, Jakarta, Indonesia.
- Nov 2010 IASPM - ANZ Annual Conference - Instruments of Change, ‘Khon ban diaokan or ‘we’re from the same village’ – star/fan interaction in Thai country music’, Monash University.
- Jun 2010 21st Conference of the International Association of Historians of Asia, ‘Waeng Palangwan - A Lao-Isan perspective on the Thai history of phleng lukthung’, IAHA, Singapore.
- Apr 2010 In the Image of Asia: Moving across and between locations, ‘Isan songwriters and Thai luuk tung - from the margins to the mainstream’, Australian National University, Australia.
- Jun 2009 Sino-Japanese Relations Research Symposium: Southeast Asia between China and Japan, ‘C-Pop or J-Pop? Chinese and Japanese cultural currency in the Thai popular music scene’, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Other Professional Contributions
- Co-convenor with Margaret Walker and Reinhard Strohm of Conference: Places of Interaction: Histories of Music and Dance in India, Africa, and South-East Asia 16-17 June 2016, The British Academy.
- Member of the tutorial team for the 12th International Conference on Thai Studies Postgraduate/ECR Workshop led by Professor Craig Reynolds (ANU).
- Assistant Editor for Silapasat, Journal of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Khon Kaen University
- Chaired panels on ‘Social Movement, Politics & Protest’ at The 5th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference, Dec 2016 and ‘Identity and Historiography’ at the 21st Conference of the International Association of Historians of Asia (IAHA), June 2010.
- Peer review referee for Perfect Beat, Positions: Asia Critique, Malaysian Music Journal, Silapasat and Instruments of Change IASPM-ANZ annual conference proceedings, June 2011.
Membership in Academic & Professional Societies
- Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies group (IAPSM)
- Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger (GHT)
- International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Sub-Study Group: Performing Arts Industries in Southeast Asia (PAISEA)
- International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-ANZ)
- Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
- Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
- English (native speaker)
- Thai (fluent)
- Lao (intermediate)
- German (intermediate)
- Japanese (elementary)
- French (elementary)