Felicia Hughes-Freeland did her PhD at SOAS and trained in documentary filmmaking at NFTS. Since 2011 she has been working as an independent researcher and writer, is Research Associate at SOAS, and editorial board member of the online journal, AnthroVision. She has served on the RAI film committee, also selecting or judging at every RAI film festival, since 1988. Her research on Indonesian performance, television and cinema is know internationally, including books and films such as Tayuban: Dancing the Spirit in Java (1996); Ritual, Performance, Media (Routledge 1998), Recasting Ritual (with MM Crain, Routledge 1998); Embodied Communities: Dance Traditions and Change in Java (Berghahn Books 2010); and My Name is Ratu Kidul, a collaborative film with the Indonesian artists Seruni Bodjawati and Wara Anindyah (2015).
Reader in Ethnomusicology and Director of the Asian Music Unit (AsMU) in the Music Department, Goldsmiths, University of London.
At Goldsmiths, he set up the filmmaking course “Ethnographic Film and Music Research” as part of the MA in Music. His publications include the film Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh, (DER 2010), the monograph Songs for the Spirits: Music and Mediums in Modern Vietnam (Illinois 2009), and two coedited books Music as Heritage (Routledge 2018) and Music and Protest in 1968 (Cambridge 2013), which won the American Musicology Society’s 2014 Ruth A. Solie Award.