Qingfan Jiang


MUSI 250, EAST 420, FREN 450

From Beijing to Paris: Music in the Global Eighteenth Century

This course explores music’s critical role in shaping a global eighteenth century by examining the significant yet often neglected musical dialogue between Beijing and Paris, two cosmopolitan cities that experienced major global influences in the 1700s. Focusing on modes of transmission, integration, and indigenization, this course offers a new understanding of global history through the lens of music. By studying the various settings in which this musical dialogue took place including theaters, courts, homes, and trading routes, and the different agents who participated in this dialogue from politicians, intellectuals, and musicians to missionaries, students learn how people in both the East and the West accepted, resisted, or shaped globalizing forces and how music in this process helped to construct a global network of knowledge. 

Term: Spring 2022
Day/Time: M 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM