dj hatfield is associate professor of history and anthropology in the liberal arts department of the berklee college of music in boston. a sociocultural anthropologist, hatfield’s ongoing academic projects include accidental cosmopolitans: far ocean fishing and ironies of indigenous placemaking in taiwan. he is also the author of several articles on taiwanese popular culture and the appearance of indigeneity in taiwan after martial law, other works on taiwanese religious practice, and the book length monograph taiwanese pilgrimage to china: ritual, complicity, community. in addition to his academic work, hatfield brews beer, sings from old tunebooks, and hangs out with a variety of musicians on taiwan. related to this work is hatfield’s taiwan soundscapes project, a documentary and recording and sound installation project focused on contemporary taiwanese soundscapes.
during academic year 2014-2015 hatfield is a taiwan fulbright scholar affiliated with the department of cultural and public affairs and the austronesian studies institute of national taitung university, taiwan. his current project on the far ocean fishing trade is also a recipeint of a wenner-gren foundation grant
for a bit of past history, see previous blog at yam.com: