- function: musicologist
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- WOMEX 2010
Prof. Dr. Gisa Jähnichen, born in Halle (Saale), Germany, currently working on musicology, anthropology, and audiovisual archiving, was doing research over more than 25 years in South East Asia. She obtained her Magister (Bachelor & Master) in Musicology and Regional Studies on South East Asia from Charles University Prague (Czech Republic), PhD in Musicology / Ethnomusicology from Humboldt University Berlin (Germany); University lecturer thesis (Habilitation) in Comparative Musicology from University Vienna (Austria). Extensive field researches lead her to Southeast Asia, East Africa, Southwest and Southeast Europe. In co-operation with the Berlin Phonogrammm-Archiv she built up the Media Section of the National Library in Laos. She was teaching at various universities in Europe and Asia before coming to Universiti Putra Malaysia. Additionally, she is regularly teaching at Humboldt University, Research Centre for Popular Music. Being author and editor of many internationally discussed publications, she is an active member of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) and its Study Groups on “Maqam”, “Folk Musical Instruments”, “Music and Minorities” and “Performing Arts of South East Asia”; International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA); Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM); and European Foundation for Chinese Music Research (CHIME).