Using examples from a variety of historical periods, geographical regions, and musicological subject areas, we review the most common historiographic models in the field of musicology in the past and now, including their advantages, limitations, and historical etiologies, and explore possible alternatives. Where once the discipline of musicology – as all others - knew distinct limits, today the boundaries appear fluid, or even to vanish entirely. Musicology expanded from researching the great composers, their patrons, culturally acknowledged masterworks, and the manuscripts and prints associated with them to incorporate, for example, issues of race, class, and gender, hybridization, popular forms of music, and the impact of media on music, all in an interdisciplinary or even transdisciplinary context. However, the deconstruction of inherited research paradigms also led to a destabilization of traditional canons of scholarly values and virtues. Can we write a history without heroes?
Training in written and oral presentation of research.
This course is for students in the RMA Musicology. 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.