The general background of the research topic is the inter-cultural relationship between the Welsh and the Khasi people from the Khasia Hills in North East India who are rooted in the history of the Welsh Methodist Mission between 1840 and 1969. The doctorate traces one particular path in this context, which is the nature of the music shared between Welsh culture and the culture of North East India. The aim of the doctorate is to contribute to our understanding of this important part of Welsh history, offering a unique perspective on postcolonial relationships in the modern world.
I'm using Practice as Research methodology and Diana Taylor's theory of the archive and the ‘repertoire’ (Taylor 2003) in order to build a ‘cultural dialogue’ between creative artists and scholars from Wales and India. As an experienced musician who writes in Welsh and English, I will be collaborating with Khasi artists in order to create new music which examines and responds to the historical relationship and its implications for the contemporary culture of both societies.
Start Date: October 2016