Confucius Institute Chinese Cultural Event

Reception of Cross-Cultural Music-Language Artefacts in Performance

About this project

This set of research projects aims to investigate a range of phenomena and practices, in two distinct cultural settings (initially Hull/UK and Tianjin/China) emerging in response to creative artefacts and experiences rooted in music and Chinese language(s). 

Reception of Cross-Cultural  Music-Language Artefacts in Performance

Scope: Music Theory and Analysis, Music Performance, Chinese Studies, Cultural Studies, Applied Linguistics 

This project will explore the impact of newly-synthesised Eastern and Western musical performances in culturally-inflected spaces, with particular emphasis on their relationship to encoded signifiers (e.g. Agawu, 2009). It will investigate how various contexts can affect the performance artefact, ranging from the notated score to its instrumentation and audience engagement via the medium of live and/or recorded musical performance (e.g. Cook, 2013).

This project aims to study the aesthetic and technical origins of, and responses to, music composed and performed (initially for and by the Chinese Whispers choir) in two culturally distinct locations (Hull and Tianjin), in the context of their respective cultural traditions (in both locations, these traditions will contain parallel cultural lineages).The successful PhD candidate will contribute to addressing one or more of the following research questions:

  1. How can original creativity in music performance and composition interrogate socio-cultural signs embedded within Western and Eastern musical traditions?
  2. What new creativity and performance artefacts might be created in languages and music when combining Western and Eastern musical instruments and practices?

 How can different culturally-inflected spaces (e.g. churches, temples, gardens, squares, teaching rooms, language learning centres) be transformed into creative laboratories?


You are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor and to discuss your research proposal, well before you submit an application. Please refer to the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education research pages and the Confucius Institute website.

If you have any queries, please email Professor Marina Mozzon-McPherson.

Next steps


To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2.1 or 1st-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in either Music and/or Chinese Studies or related discipline (e.g. Translation, Psychology, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition) and a Masters degree (preferably with Distinction or equivalent) and/or relevant experience. Some knowledge of Chinese might be an advantage.

How to apply

Applications for scholarship consideration at the University of Hull should be made through the Postgraduate Application system.

On the second page of your application, please select “Graduate Scholarship” as the type of scholarship you are applying for. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to first identify and contact a potential supervisor.

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Application deadline: Monday 19 February 2018


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress. PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.