After completion of the course, the student:
- has knowledge of important current trends within the broad field of music studies and the humanities at large;
- is able to succinctly, clearly, and carefully analyse, summarize, and discuss the main ideas as formulated in assigned academic texts;
- has learned to professionally and communicate insights, reflections, and questions about given topics in oral presentations and discussions as well as academic writing;
- is able to compile a bibliography on a topic of their own choice, along prevailing international standards for bibliographic references, and to critically assess the aims and arguments found therein in a succinct and efficient manner in the form of a literature review.
This course is compulsory for students in the MA Applied Musicology and RMA Musicology; students from the RMA programmes Art History, MAPS and History should check with the course coordinator before enrolling. Only this way participation can be granted. The entrance requirements for Exchange Students will be checked by International Office and the Programme coordinator. You do not have to contact the Programme coordinator by yourself.|
This seminar critically surveys the current state of the field. Students focus on epistemological and heuristic problems facing musicologists today and on the methods available to address them.
Over the last decades, the complexity of ways in which music has existed and exists in a globalizing world has resulted in significant realignments within musicological research. Traditional paradigms of musicology such as Eurocentric history, philology, source studies, or music analysis based on autonomy aesthetics have lost their dominance; musicologists now routinely integrate methods and techniques introduced from other disciplines (e.g., literary and cultural studies, anthropology, or art history) into their work, and explore music as a performative and media-based art within a broad range of multidisciplinary and transcultural contexts. Moreover, the impact of (digital) technology and of science and scientific methodologies on the field is on the rise, transforming research, and therefore will receive due attention. Using examples from a variety of historical periods, geographical regions, and musicological subject areas, this course provides an overview of the state of play in musicological research today, alongside critical reflection on the discipline of musicology within a continually changing environment.
Training in written and oral presentation of research.