The IAGMR conference Revisiting Austrian and German Music: from the ‘Spring of Nations’ to the Cold War, marking the official launch of the IAGMR(Institute of Austrian and German Music Research), hosted by the Department of Music & Media at the University of Surrey, will be taking place on:

September 17-18, 2021

The event is online, and full details of the programme and registration will be distributed in due course.

Confirmed participants:

Keynote speakers: Mark Berry (Royal Holloway, University of London), Nick Attfield (University of Birmingham), and Caroline Kita (Washington University in St Louis)

Lecture-recital by pianist Anna Scott (Leiden University, Academy of Creative and Performing Arts)

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.

Conference committee:

Professor Jeremy Barham
Professor Erik Levi
Dr Beth Snyder
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.

Registration for the conference is not yet open, but we will be launching the Conference Programme and Registration Details shortly!