Victor A. Vicente
BA (Franklin & Marshall); MA, MM, PhD (Maryland)
Associate Professor
Contact Information
Room 204, Hui Yeung Shing Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT
Office: (852) 3943 6715
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Victor A. Vicente received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College before completing graduate studies at the University of Maryland, where he earned an M.A. in Historical Musicology and M.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Ethnomusicology. He specializes in the musical and dance cultures of Turkey and the Middle East as well as of India and the Portuguese-speaking world. His recent publications have dealt with issues of movement aesthetics and cultural politics in Sufi Islamic music and with cultural representation in Bollywood film song. Currently, he is finalizing a series of journal articles focusing on social media and popular music in various parts of the world. Before joining the music faculty at CUHK, Prof. Vicente taught at The University of Maryland, The George Washington University, in the State University of New York system, and at Ege University in Bornova–İzmir, Turkey.

Geographic: Turkey, Middle East, India, Indonesia, Portugal
Musical: Sacred music, Popular music, Film music, Renaissance music, Dance
Topical: Aesthetics, Ethnography, History, Politics, Representation, Ritual, Social Media, Tourism


Selected Publications

Dancing for Rumi: The Cultural, Spiritual, and Kinetic Dimensions of the Global Sufi Music Phenomenon, Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Press, 2013.


Journal Articles and Book Chapters
“Viral Voices: Revolutionary Song, Social Media, and Youth Culture in the Arab Spring,” under review for the Turkish journal Bilgi.

“Pax Mevlana: Mevlevi Music and the Reconciliation between Islam and the West.” In Music, Global Conflict, and the Politics of Identity, edited by Susan Fast and Kip Pegley, p. 150-170. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2012.

“Strange New Worlds? Musical Instruments and Cultural and Temporal Coding in Indian and Turkish Science-Fiction Film.” Musica Humana 3, No. 1 (2011): 41-59.

“Constructs of Asia in Indian Film and Film Song.” The Journal of Comparative Asian Development 9, No. 2 (2010): 293-319.

MUSC2542 Music in World Cultures
MUSC2552 Music, Culture and Society

MUSC6200 Ethno I:History and Theory
MUSC6201 Ethno II: Methods and Fieldwork
MUSC6252 Special Topic III: Ethno & World.