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Marzanna Poplawska

Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, University of Warsaw

Marzanna Poplawska holds a Ph.D. degree in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University (USA), and M.A. degree in Musicology from Warsaw University (Poland). She has studied, taught, and performed Javanese music in Poland, UK, Indonesia, Ireland, and the United States. Her primary interests encompass the musical traditions of Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and Central-Eastern Europe as well as acculturation/inculturation, music and religion, diaspora, and Intangible Cultural Heritage. She is an author of a monograph on Christian music in Indonesia: “Performing Faith: Christian Music, Identity and Inculturation in Indonesia” (SOAS Studies in Music, Routledge, 2020). She is also a performer of central-Javanese music and dance. She was the first Polish recipient of Darmasiswa scholarship awarded by the Indonesian government to study Indonesian music, which she studied at the Institute of Indonesian Arts (Institut Seni Indonesia) in Yogyakarta (1995–1997).


  • –present
    Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, University of Warsaw


  • 2008 
    Wesleyan University, USA, Ethnomusicology