Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Recipient of the Centenary Medal of the Australian Government for Services to Aboriginal Studies, Member (and former Research Director) of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Vice President of the International Council for Traditional Music, former Chair of the Study Group on the Music and Dance of Oceania, former President of the Musicological Society of Australia, former Council Member of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Now Senior Research Fellow at the School of Music, I view music as a universal phenomenon rather than just a Western one, and as embedded in culture and society rather than as patterns and structures of sounds in themselves. My aim is to promote informed development of knowledge and ideas through reading, listening, performing, analysing, discussing, presenting and writing.
My primary area of research is Australian Indigenous music, with fieldwork experience in central Australia and Arnhem Land, NT, with subsidiary interests in the musics of Asia and the South Pacific. I have edited three CDs on Aboriginal music, three books and three academic journals (Musicology Australia, Australian Aboriginal Studies, Yearbook for Traditional Music), contributed to the Oxford Companion to Australian Music, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Australia and the Pacific, Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia, The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and their Origin, The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture, International Encyclopedia of Dance, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, The Encyclopedia of Aboriginal Australia, and published numerous articles in academic journals and chapters of books.
Encountering the World of Music: The University’s Widening Acknowledgment of Music beyond the Western Canonic Repertoire
2015 Public Lecture Series: Milestones in Music
Thursday 26 March 2015, ANU School of Music
- Martin, Ruth Lee, Aaron Corn, Diane Roy, Stephen Wild 2013, One Common Thread: The Musical World of Laments. Australian National University/ANU E-Press: Humanities Research, vol. xix, no. 3.
- S. Wild 2012, ‘The Song Series: Aboriginal Australia’s contribution to ethnomusicological theory?’ Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference of the Society for Oriental Music, Ningbo University, Ningbo, China, pp. 1-9.
- Wild, S 2006, 'Ethnomusicology Down Under: a distinctive voice in the Antipodes?', Ethnomusicology, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 345-52.
- Toner, P & Wild, S 2004, 'Introduction - World Music: Politics, Production and Pedagogy: A Special Thematic Issue of The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology', Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, The, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 95-112.
- Wild, S 2003, 'Musicology', in John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (ed.), Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia, Currency Press, Sydney, pp. 577-580.
- Wild, S 2003, 'Aboriginal Music and Dance', in John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (ed.), Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia, Currency Press, Sydney, pp. 582-584.
- Wild, S 2001, 'Forty years of facilitating: The role of the Austrailan Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in research on Indigenous music and dance in Australia', in Jennifer Alexander (ed.), Oceania Monographs 52, Oceania Publications, Sydney, pp. 165-175.