dr. Rebekah Ahrendt
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Rebekah Ahrendt is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Culture Studies. Prior to joining Utrecht’s faculty, she was Assistant Professor in the Yale University Department of Music (2013-17) and a Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University (2011-13), where she also taught courses in the Department of Music. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (PhD, 2011) and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Artist’s Diploma in viola da gamba and historical performing practices, 2002), she is also active as a performer and recording artist.

 Ahrendt’s scholarship has been internationally recognized, most recently by a Lustrum Festival Residency at the Utrecht University Center for the Humanities (2016), a Visiting Scholarship at St John’s College, Oxford (2015), and the Scaliger Fellowship at Leiden University (2014). Prizes include the Paul A. Pisk Prize of the American Musicological Society (2009), the Irene Alm Memorial Prize of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music (2009), and the Nicholas C. Christofilos Memorial Prize in Music from the University of California, Berkeley (2007).

 A specialist in music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Ahrendt’s work centers on the importance of mobility—whether through migration, exchange, or long-distance actor networks—in the construction of identity. Fundamentally multidisciplinary, her approach integrates perspectives gained from history, sociology, linguistics, anthropology, and performance studies with extensive archival research. Her current monograph project illuminates the musical networks maintained by the refugees, exiles, and migrants who traversed the landscape of the Dutch Republic.

 Ahrendt’s interest in on-the-ground historical perspectives led her to an exciting discovery in 2012: a trunkful of undelivered letters conserved in The Hague. Since then, her project Signed, Sealed, and Undelivered (SSU) has garnered worldwide media attention. Work on the Brienne letters has been supported by generous grants from Metamorfoze, NWO (Added Value Through Humanities + Internationalization in the Humanities), MIT Libraries, the University of Oxford, and the Universities of Leiden and Groningen.  

Ahrendt’s interests extend to other periods, genres, and concerns as well. Much of her recent work has focused on the interactions between music and international relations. She is the co-editor of Music and Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), derived from two conferences she organized in 2013: “Music and Diplomacy” at Tufts and Harvard, with a grant from the Mellon Foundation and the Symposium of the Utrecht Early Music Festival in the Netherlands, for which she received a major grant from the KNAW. Her expertise has resulted in invitations to the Center on Public Diplomacy of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (University of Southern California), Sciences Po (Paris), and to the Advisory Board of the Music & Diplomacy Network (based in Oldenburg).  

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  2018 - Scholarly publications
Ahrendt, R.S. & Goulet, Anne-Madeleine (2018). Les foyers d’activité musicale et théâtrale en Europe vers 1700. Une enquête en coulisses. In Anne-Madeleine Goulet & Rémy Campos (Eds.), Les foyers artistiques à la fin du règne de Louis XIV. Théâtre, musique et danse Picard.
Ahrendt, R.S. (2018). The Diplomatic Viol. In Frédéric Ramel & Cécile Prévost-Thomas (Eds.), International Relations, Music and Diplomacy - Sounds and Voices on the International Stage (pp. 93-114). Palgrave Macmillan.
Ahrendt, R.S. (2018). The Legal Spaces of Opera in The Hague. In Suzanne Aspden (Eds.), Operatic Geographies Chicago University Press.
  2018 - Popularising publications
Ahrendt, R.S. (10.07.2018) Invited speaker Agence nationale de la recherche/Festival d'Avignon La musique et la diplomatie, ou, Quand le jeu devient sérieux
Ahrendt, R.S. (29.08.2018) Invited speaker Festival Oude Muziek Zomerschool Utrecht (29.08.2018) La Querelle des Bouffons--Eighteenth-Century Fake News?
  2018 - Other output
Ahrendt, R.S. (12.01.2018). Background to the Brockespassion.
Ahrendt, R.S. (12.01.2018). Barthold Brockes and G.F. Handel.
Ahrendt, R.S. (12.01.2018). Handel's Brockespassion.
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Ahrendt, R.S. & van der Linden, D.C. (2017). The Postmasters’ Piggy Bank - Experiencing the Accidental Archive. French Historical Studies, 40 (2), (pp. 189-213) (25 p.).
Ahrendt, R.S. & Slowik, Catherine (29.11.2017). Viol. In Bruce Gustafson (Eds.), Oxford Bibliographies in Music (1 p.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  2016 - Other output
Ahrendt, R.S. (26.03.2016). On Letters, ‘Discovery,’ and Cooperation.
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Ahrendt, R.S. (2015). A Huguenot Impresario in the Dutch Republic. European Drama and Performance Studies, (pp. 17-36).
  2015 - Popularising publications
Ahrendt, R.S. (2015). Culturele invloed van de Hugenoten: Een Europese massa-migratie. Historiek Republished from Tijdschrift voor oude muziek; trans. Suzanne Vermeulen.
Ahrendt, R.S. (2015). Culturele invloed van de Hugenoten: Een Europese massa-migratie. Tijdschrift voor oude muziek, 3, (pp. 18-23). Translated by Suzanne Vermeulen.
  2015 - Other output
Ahrendt, R.S., Mahiet, Damien & Ferraguto, Mark (14.07.2015). Music & Diplomacy in Review. Scholarly blog post.
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Mahiet, Damien, Ferraguto, Mark & Ahrendt, R.S. (2014). Introduction. In Rebekah Ahrendt, Mark Ferraguto & Damien Mahiet (Eds.), Music & Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present (pp. 1-20). Palgrave Macmillan.
Ahrendt, R.S. & Goulet, Anne-Madeleine (2014). La princesse des Ursins, fidelle sujet du roi de France et princesse étrangère à Rome. Music & Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Ahrendt, R.S., Ferraguto, Mark & Mahiet, Damien (2014). Music & Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present. (291 p.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2014 - Professional publications
Ahrendt, R.S., Irving, David R.M., Howard, Alan, White, Bryan & Woolley, Andrew (2014). Baroque in Salzburg. Early Music, 42, (pp. 671-673). Conference report.
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Ahrendt, R.S. (08.11.2013) Organiser 79th Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society Pittsburgh (07.11.2013 - 10.11.2013) Co-organizer (with Ferraguto and Mahiet) of special alternative-format session, "Music, Diplomacy, and Social Networks in the Long Eighteenth Century."<br/>Music’s use in international relations has long been a subject of scholarly interest. Scholars
Ahrendt, R.S. (01.03.2013) Organiser Music and Diplomacy Conference Cambridge, MA (01.03.2013 - 02.03.2013)
Ahrendt, R.S. (31.08.2013) Organiser STIMU Symposium 2013 Utrecht (31.08.2013 - 01.09.2013) Symposium of the Festival Oude Muziek, Utrecht.
  2013 - Popularising publications
Ahrendt, R.S. (2013). 1713: Vrede van Utrecht – Muziek in Utrecht. Ciconia – Lassus – Froberger – Muffat #Europa - Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht 2013 (pp. 32-39). Organisatie Oude Muziek, Festival programme book.
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Ahrendt, R.S. (2012). Armide, the Huguenots, and The Hague. Opera Quarterly, 28 (3-4), (pp. 131-158).
  2008 - Scholarly publications
Ahrendt, R.S. (2008 2018) Member Voices of Music (External organisation) Member of Advisory Board
  2007 - Scholarly publications
Ahrendt, R.S. (2007). Celts, Clerics, and Crusaders: The ‘Medieval’ in Gothic Music. In Isabella van Elferen (Eds.), Nostalgia or Perversion? Gothic Rewritings from the Victorian Age to the Present (pp. 96-112). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  2004 - Scholarly publications
Ahrendt, R.S. (2004). Psyche in the Salon: Transforming myth in the cantate française. In Carine Barbafieri & Chris Rauseo (Eds.), Les Métamorphoses de Psyché (pp. 157-170). Presses Universitaires de Valenciennes.
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