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Sarah Keith researches K-pop, Korean popular culture, and East Asian popular musics, as well as the Australian music industries, music and cultural policy, music and screen media (including documentary, film, and games), and music technology.

Her current research project explores K-pop fandom and multi-cultural understanding in Australia, following a 2016 grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Australia-Korea Foundation. She is regional president (Australia) of the international World Association of Hallyu Studies, a multidisciplinary organisation dedicated to furthering the study of Korean popular culture. Sarah's 2016 book "The New Music Industries: Disruption and Discovery" (Palgrave: co-authored with Diane Hughes, Mark Evans, and Guy Morrow) examined the challenges of music careers in the digital age. She is currently supervising PhDs and Masters (research) in the areas of 20th century music and diaspora, technologised music performance, and electronic music production.

Sarah has taught in areas including music production, radio production, digital media, and music technology and performance for over a decade. She currently convenes units in music production and digital media. Since 2018 she has taught the summer unit 'Global Korean Popular Culture' at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea.

External positions

Lecturer (Global Summer School), Kyung Hee University

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Projects 2012 2017

Career development strategies within the new music industries

Hughes, D., Morrow, G., Keith, S., Crowdy, D. & Evans, M.


Project: Research

Research Outputs 2008 2019

The new music industries: disruption and discovery

Hughes, D., Evans, M., Morrow, G. & Keith, S., 2016, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, Springer Nature. 137 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review


Absurdity and nostalgia: humor in K-pop

Keith, S., 2019, The Routledge companion to popular music and humor. Kitts, T. M. & Baxter-Moore, N. (eds.). New York ; London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 141-149 9 p. (Routledge Music Companions).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review


Aspirations, considerations and processes: songwriting in and for music education

Hughes, D. & Keith, S., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Popular Music Education. 3, 1, p. 87–103 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

music lessons

"Becoming-a-fan" stories: Hallyu in Australia

Keith, S., 5 Nov 2019, Transcultural fandom and the globalization of Hallyu. Park, G-S., Otmazgin, N. & Howard, K. (eds.). Seoul, Korea: Global Research Institute, Korea University, p. 127–154 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

social media

Ghost singers: the singing voice in Korean pop cinema

Keith, S. & Mesker, A., Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) The singing voice in contemporary cinema. Hughes, D. & Evans, M. (eds.). Equinox, (Genre, Music and Sound).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review


Press / Media