Dr. Michael Fuhr

Dr. Michael Fuhr


Dr Michael Fuhr studied musicology with a focus on ethnomusicology, philosophy and art history at the University of Cologne and has worked as a research assistant and lecturer in Berlin, Cologne, Hanover, Göttingen and Frankfurt. From 2006 to 2008, he worked for the EU project DISMARC (Discovering Music Archives) in the Department of Ethnomusicology, Media Technology and Berlin Phonogram Archive of the Ethnological Museum in Berlin and was then a doctoral fellow at the Heidelberg Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europa: Shifting Asymmetries in a Global Context", where he was able to devote himself to the musical and cultural exchange processes between Asia and Europe in the project "Creative Dissonances: Music in a Global Context". In 2009 and 2010, he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for East Asian Studies at Sungkonghoe University in Seoul and conducted intensive field research in the South Korean pop music scene and music industry. His dissertation on the multiple globalisation processes of popular music using South Korea (K-pop) as an example has been published as a book entitled Globalization and Popular Music in South Korea: Sounding Out K-Pop by Routledge (2015). Most recently, he has worked in a collaborative research project on K-pop reception and fan culture in Europe (together with the Institute of Popular Music in Liverpool, the Korea Foundation for International Cultural Exchange in Seoul and others). From 2013 to 2016, he was a research assistant in the Department of Ethnomusicology - World Music Study Centre at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. Since 2016, he has been the executive director at the Center for World Music and a research assistant at the Institute for Music and Musicology.

Research focus

  • Corean Music
  • Popular Music
  • History, theory und methods of Ethnomusicology
  • Aesthetics and culture theories
  • Music archives und Museum
  • Globalisation, Identtity, Migration

Publications (Selection)

  • Asian Pop Music in Cosmopolitan Europe: K-pop Fandom in the Age of Globalisation [with Haekyung Um and Sang-Yeon Sung], (Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia Series). New York/London: Routledge. [Im Erscheinen]
  • Musikalische Hermeneutik, Interpretative Ethnologie und Musikethnologie. In: Julio Mendívil et al. [Hgg.], Musikethnologie (Kompendien Musik), Laaber: Laaber Verlag. [Im Erscheinen]
  • 2016 Das Gute, das Schöne und das Andere. Von populärer Musik, dem Unbehagen (an) der Musikästhetik und der Musikethnologie als Kulturkritik. In: Fernand Hörner [Hg.], Kulturkritik und das Populäre in der Musik, Münster: Waxmann.
  • 2015 Globalization and Popular Music in South Korea: Sounding Out K-Pop (Routledge Studies in Popular Music Series), New York/London: Routledge.
  • 2012 Voicing Body, Voicing Seoul: Vocalization, Body and Ethnicity in Korean Popular Music. In: Christian Utz und Frederick Lau [Hgg.], Vocal Music and Cultural Identity in Contemporary Music: Unlimited Voices in East Asia and the West, New York/London: Routledge.
  • 2009 Performing Pop - Ästhetik, Identität und Ritual. Ein Fallbeispiel aus der koreanischen Diaspora. In: Eva Kimminich [Hg.], Utopien, Jugendkulturen und Lebenswirklichkeiten, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
  • 2007 Populäre Musik und Ästhetik. Die historisch-philosophische Rekonstruktion einer Geringschätzung. Bielefeld: transcript


  • Gesellschaft für Musikforschung (GfM), Sprecher der Fachgruppe Musikethnologie (seit 2018)
  • Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM, Association for Korean Music Research, Member at Large (2016-2018))
  • World Association for Hallyu Studies (WAHS), Regional President of the German Branch (2013-15)
  • Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies (IAPMS)
  • The Korean Association for the Study of Popular Music (KASPM)
  • Association for Cultural Studies (ACS)