Decolonizing Southeast Asian Sound Archives

DeCoSEAS is a transnational research project focused on hearing and listening as dialogical modes of knowledge formation in order to renegotiate established understandings of heritage curation.
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 Our Initiatives

Up to three young less established scholars, artists, curators or stakeholders from Southeast Asia are invited annually for a three-month stay at one or more of the DeCoSEAS sound collections in Europe and Southeast Asia.
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DeCoSEAS aims to produce four digital, open access collections of music and sound from Southeast Asia that are now located in repositories in Europe.

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Jaap Kunst Sound Collection
BBC Empire Service in SE Asia
Songs of the Thrice-Blooded Land
Southeast Asia Hearing

Southeast Asian scholars take the lead in selecting, shaping, writing and editing academic publications, bringing new interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives to the curation of sonic cultural heritage.

DeCoSEAS supports the dissemination of the following:

Research Output by Fellows

DeCoSEAS Publications


The aims and findings of DeCoSEAS reach new target groups in Southeast Asia and in Southeast Asian diasporic communities in Europe. They raise awareness about the colonial patrimony of heritage among Europeans.

Stakeholder and Community Reconnection Initiatives

Public Lectures and Talks

Connecting with Social Media

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DeCoSEAS · DeCoSEAS Podcast Episode 1