In light of recent events surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement and in recognition of the countless struggles for equality and freedom that continue across the world, we would like to express our sympathy and support for all those who suffer at the hands of oppression or discrimination, wherever and whoever they may be.
As part of a privileged Western academic culture which continues to be lacking in ethnic, racial, and other forms of diversity, the IAGMR reaffirms its commitment to cultivating an inclusive space for scholarly research through embracing the University of Surrey’s principles of equality and diversity as enshrined in the Race Equality Charter, the Athena SWAN Charter, the Disability Confident scheme, and through support of LGBTQ+ communities.
We will be regularly evaluating and reflecting on the measures we can take to address these issues as we develop our academic activities.
To all individuals and societal groups who have ever felt marginalised or unwelcome in the world of music academia and higher education, we welcome your voices and are determined to support you in whatever way possible in order to provide a conducive space for all in our ongoing exploration and rethinking of Austrian and German music.
With best wishes, and hoping that you all remain safe and well during these turbulent times.
The IAGMR Board
Prof Jeremy Barham
Prof Erik Levi
Dr Beth Snyder
Genevieve Robyn Arkle