Callaway Centre Research Seminar

Event details


  • Online via ZOOM

Date and time

  • Tuesday 5 May 2020 | 5pm

Event type

  • On Campus


  • Community
  • Anyone who likes music
  • Researchers

Event Fee

  • Free


  • No bookings required
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Callaway Centre Research Seminar Series

The Conservatorium of Music is a vibrant centre for research in music and music education, where a thriving community of scholars is engaged in exploring the frontiers of knowledge, working on a wide range of research projects with diverse outputs.

Our free weekly seminar series showcases presenters from within UWA and from the wider community.

Alexandra Leonzini

Short, Dark and Evil: The Orientalization of Japan in North Korean Revolutionary Opera

Despite often dismissed as propaganda unworthy of serious academic attention, the Revolutionary Operas of North Korea provide a fascinating window into the moral world of a nation that's domestic and international policy positions are still very much informed by the ideals of socialist internationalism championed throughout the Cold War. Through a careful examination of several Revolutionary Operas, including The Flower Girl (꽃파는 처녀; 1972), and Victory of the Revolution is in Sight (혁명의 승리가 보인다; 2016), this presentation will examine what the visual and musical othering of Japanese and Japan-sympathetic Koreans reveals about contemporary North Korean society and culture, and the state’s Third World anti-imperialist politics from the mid-1960s.


Alexandra Leonzini has recently completed a joint Masters in Global History at Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History from the University of Western Australia. From 2015 to 2016 Ms Leonzini was a Global Humanities Junior Fellow for the thematic network Principles of Cultural Dynamics at l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris). As recipient of the William Barclay Squire Studentship and a Cambridge International Scholarship, Ms Leonzini will be attending the University of Cambridge from October 2020 to begin a PhD in Music and continue her work on the politics of North Korean opera.

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