Session 3 – Music and Politics – May 30th, 2022 – 5.30pm [GMT]

This online Zoombar meeting, organised by the Institute of Austrian and German Music Research, focuses on the connection between music and politics within the community of the IAGMR scholars.

Topics include the reception of Beethoven’s music in Nazi-occupied European countries, symphony concert in Nazi Germany and Japanese-German musical relations in the early decades of the 20th century.

This session, led by Bianca Schumann (Universität Wien), will be formed of the following academics:

Dr Amanda Hsieh (Durham University)

 Dr Neil Gregor (University of Southampton)

• Dr Michael Custodis (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)

We kindly invite you to join us via Zoom on Monday 30th May at 5.30 PM using the following link.

Session 2 – The Current Research of the IAGMR Community – April 25th, 2022 – 5.30pm [GMT]

This online Zoombar meeting, organised by the Institute of Austrian and German Music Research, focuses on the ongoing research of members of the IAGMR community.

Topics include Viennese reception history, gender discourse, and the genesis of musicology as an academic discipline. The relationship between these individual research projects and the wider scholarly community will be addressed.

This session, led by doctoral student Manuel Cini (University of Surrey), will be formed of the following academics:

Angus Howie (Durham University)
Dr Genevieve Arkle (University of Bristol)
Dr Alexander Wilfing (Masaryk University Brno)

We kindly invite you to join us via Zoom using the following link.
The event is free to attend!

Session 1 – Stories from the Archives – March 14th, 2022 – 5.30pm [GMT]

The online inaugural meeting, organised by the Institute of Austrian and German Music Research, focuses on the experiences of scholars who have undertaken archival work in centres of interest to Austro-German researchers.

The panel, headed by Doctoral student Angus Howie (Durham University), will be formed of the following researchers:

  • Dr Beth Snyder (Royal College of Music)
  • Dr Nicholas Attfield (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Nicole Grimes (University of California, Irvine)

In particular, the session will deal with practical things such as how to gain access, what to take, how to plan the archival research trips, as well as anecdotal stories. It is expected to be particularly useful to early career researchers (including undergraduate and postgraduate students) and those with limited archival experience.

We kindly invite you to join us via Zoom using the following link.


Inaugural Conference: September 2021

The Institute of Austrian and German Music Research (IAGMR) in the Department of Music and Media at the University of Surrey is delighted to announce the opening of registration for its inaugural conference: 

Revisiting Austrian and German Music: from the ‘Spring of Nations’ to the Cold War

September 17–18, 2021

The event is online and free to all

The conference includes three keynote papers:

Mark Berry (Royal Holloway, University of London): ‘Wagner’s Actuality’

Caroline Kita (Washington University in St Louis): ‘Sounding Difference: Revisiting Jewishness and Otherness in Austrian and German Music’

Nick Attfield (University of Birmingham):  ‘Austrofascism, Music, and the Austro-German’ 

as well as a lecture-recital by Anna Scott (Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University): ‘Brahms in a Sharper Key: the Politics of Performance Style’

This conference gives an opportunity to rethink, revise, and renew understanding of Austrian and German music of the 19th and 20th centuries through interrogating historical and scholarly paths towards canonization or obscurity, popularity or neglect, and cultural centres or peripheries.

The conference considers music primarily, though not exclusively, from c. 1848 to the 1960s—the ‘Spring of Nations’ to the Cold War—as it emerged during periods of intense cultural and social change in the lives of these nations and neighbouring regions, and in the context of wider European, and indeed global, interconnections which have continued to shape geo-political conditions to this day. The conference aims to render the ‘unmarked’ ‘marked’, the familiar unfamiliar, and, through questioning the very formulation ‘Austro-German’, to explore new methodologies for reconceiving canonic music,, and to open up new avenues of research in neglected areas and overlooked repertoire.

Please click the link below to download the conference programme:

The IAGMR acknowledges the generous support of the Royal Musical Association and the Department of Music and Media at the University of Surrey in making this event possible.

Conference committee:

Professor Jeremy Barham
Professor Erik Levi
Dr Beth Snyder
Dr Genevieve Arkle

The University of Surrey is fully committed to the principles of equality and diversity enshrined in the Race Equality Charter, the Athena SWAN Charter, the Disability Confident scheme, and through its support of LGBTQ+ communities.

IAGMR Symposium – November 4th, 2020, 1 – 6pm [GMT]

The Institute of Austrian and German Music Research at the University of Surrey invites you to attend its first research symposium on Wednesday 4 November, 1pm to 6pm. The symposium is free to attend and will take place on Zoom.

To register for the event, please click HERE. Once you have registered you will receive the zoom link and all relevant details via email.

The event comprises an introduction to the IAGMR and the presentation of research currently being undertaken by its Executive Board members. We are delighted also to welcome two members of the Advisory Board, Dr Natasha Loges (Royal College of Music) and Dr Florian Scheding (University of Bristol), who will be co-presenting a session entitled ‘Canonicity and victimhood’, after which you are welcome to partake in an extended Q & A forum.

The symposium will begin and end with streamed performances given respectively by members of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music (the latter in partnership with the AHRC-funded ‘Music, Migration and Mobility’ project, directed by Norbert Meyn. Instructions for accessing the streamed performances will also be provided upon registration.

Please find the programme of the symposium below or download it from the following link:

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email, and we look forward to welcoming you on November 4th.

Jeremy Barham
Erik Levi
Beth Snyder
Genevieve Arkle