Institut für Musikforschung

    Research in Ethnomusicology

    Ethnomusicology staff research areas

    Dr. Juniper Hill is Professor and Chair of Ethnomusicology. She has conducted extensive fieldwork on creativity, improvisation, pedagogy, revival, and intercultural dynamics in South Africa, Finland, the US, and Ecuador. In her new work on multicultural Germany, Hill focuses on intercultural empathy and creative agency, drawing on applied Ethnomusicology and community music.

    Cornelia Günauer M.A. is a research associate and lecturer in Ethnomusicology. She is a trained musicologist and social anthropologist and has conducted extensive field research on the use of music during election campaigns in India. In India, her focus especially lies on the Northeastern region (Meghalaya) where she has spent several months for her PhD research. Having worked closely with the African Music Archives (Mainz), she has also built up an expertise in different musics from across the African continent. Currently, she holds a post-doc position in the research project “Learning from Ethnomusicology and Our Neighbors: Musical Heritage, Creativity, and Intercultural Engagement” which is headed by Prof. Juniper Hill and funded by the VW-Foundation. In her work she is interested in the multiple connections between music and politics, musical diversity, community-participatory approaches, and Applied Ethnomusicology.

    Dr. Lisa Herrmann-Fertig is Lecturer in Ethnomusicology. She specializes in historical methods, examining colonial and missionary influences, as well as music and education. She has conducted extensive archival and field research on South Indian musics, as well as shorter projects on World Music Festivals in Germany and contemporary music theatre in Berlin. In her new work, she is interested in exploring the intersections between, Ethnomusicology, Ecomusicology, and Human-Animal Studies in Papua New Guinea in Hindu rituals (especially Theyyam).

    Dr. Max Peter Baumann is Professor Emeritus in Ethnomusicology. He specializes in field research methodologies, the anthropology of listening, globalization, revival, and other topics, and has conducted extensive field research in the Bolivian Andes and the European Alps.

    Visitors and Events

    Program Winter 2019/2020 (PDF)
    Program Summer 2019 (PDF)
    Program Winter 2018/19 (PDF)
    Program Summer 2018 (PDF)

    Ethnomusicology PhD students’ research projects

    Fabio Dick is conducting research on feelings of home, sense of homeland, and national identity as expressed in contemporary musical practice in Bavaria.

    Ebru Yazici focuses on polyphonic overtone singers in Europe, especially in the framework of improvisation sessions. Her study explores contemporary socio-political dynamics in relation to issues of multiculturalism and musical hybridity.

    Lisa Herrmann-Fertig recently completed her doctoral research on music as an instrument of the Jesuit mission in South India from the end of the 17th century until their expulsion in 1759. In addition to in-depth archival and library research in Goa, Lisbon, Évora, Rome, Munich and Mainz, she conducted field research in South India. Pre-dissertation focuses on the question of intercultural communication in missions through musical phenomena and the unique method of Jesuit missionary work through musical aesthetic expressions.

    Research projects and online resources

    Wamsasa: Würzburger Archiv zur Musik des Sahels und der Sahara (2018)

    Arbeitslieder der Sake-Brauer von Echigo (Japan) (2002/Webversion 2019)

    Die Konzertina in Franken (2000)

    Volksmusik in Franken (1984/Webversion 2018)

    Osmanische Musikhandschriften (1997/Webversion 2010)

    Research Publications in Ethnomusicology

    Intercultural Music Studies (IMS)

    Publications of Prof. Dr. Juniper Hill

    Publications of Prof. Dr. Max Peter Baumann