Dr. Eva-Maria van Straaten

About me

I studied Cultural Anthropology (B.A. 2009) and Cultural Analysis (M.A. 2011) at Amsterdam University, both with a focus on music. My M.A. thesis focused on goatrance electronic dance music. Since 2011 I work as a research assistant at the Cultural Musicology department at the Georg August University Göttingen. In December 2017, I defended my dissertation Listening out for Sangeet Encounters: Dynamics of Knowledge and Power in Hindustani Classical Instrumental Music. Research in western Europa, the USA, and India, has been made possible by the DAAD, Stichting Fonds Catharina van Tussenbroek, de Pols Persson Stichting, and the GSGG. In addition, I serve as the book review editor of the journal the world of music (new series).
From April 2018 to August 2019 I replaced Prof. Dr. Birgit Abels during her research leave at the department of musicology at the Georgia Augusta Göttingen.
My current research interests include 1) intersections of (popular) music, health, and ideologies of a malleable body in the fitness industry; and 2) the (im)possibilities of decolonizing music research. I explore these interests through the lenses of post-colonial and queer theory.

Tasks in the musicology seminar

  • Student counselor for M.A. and international students


Publications

  • van Straaten, Eva-Maria Alexandra
    Druck in Vorbereitung (mit Hoppe, C.). “Musiken besprechen, beschreiben, erklären”. In: Waczkat, A. & Jostkleigrewe, A. (Hgg.) Musiken besprechen, beschreiben, erklären. Laaber Verlag. (Akzeptiert) pp. 3-29.
  • van Straaten, Eva-Maria Alexandra
    2019 "Kommentar auf: Mirja Riggert: ‚Weiblicher Phallizismus‘ im deutschen Hip Hop." Gender(ed) Thoughts, Working Paper Series 2019, Volume 1. pp. 16-17.
  • van Straaten, Eva-Maria Alexandra
    2019 "Cultural musicology." In: The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. Janet Sturman (ed.), Sage: pp. 696-697.
  • van Straaten, Eva-Maria Alexandra
    2018 Listening out for Sangeet Encounters: Dynamics of Knowledge and Power in Hindustani Classical Instrumental Music. Univ. Diss.
  • van Straaten, Eva-Maria Alexandra (with Charissa Granger, Friedlind Riedel, Gerlinde Feller, eds.)
    2016 Music Moves: Musical Dynamics of Relation, Knowledge and Transformation. Hildesheim: Olms Verlag.
  • van Straaten, Eva-Maria Alexandra
    2016 "'Sonorous Treasures' of Raga Chandranandan: Contesting Knowledge of Hindustani Instrumental Music in the North Atlantic Realm". In: Granger, Riedel, van Straaten, Feller (eds), Music Moves: Musical Dynamics of Relation, Knowledge and Transformation. Hildesheim: Olms Verlag, pp. 197 - 224.
  • van Straaten, Eva-Maria Alexandra (with Charissa Granger and Gerlinde Feller)
    2016 "Introduction: Approximating Moving Musics". In: Granger, Riedel, van Straaten, Feller (eds), Music Moves: Musical Dynamics of Relation, Knowledge and Transformation. Hildesheim: Olms Verlag, pp. 11 - 27.
  • van Straaten, Eva-Maria Alexandra
    2016 "It Slaps and It Embraces! On Psytrance, Immersion, and Potential Facets of a Transductive Cultural Musicology." In: Abels, B. (ed.), Embracing Restlessness: Cultural Musicology. Hildesheim: Olms Verlag, pp. 23 - 52.
  • van Straaten, Eva-Maria Alexandra
    2015 Listening Out for Musical Homing: Critical Approximations of Hindustani Instrumental Music. Contemporary Music Review 34(1): 84 - 100.
  • van Straaten, Eva-Maria Alexandra
    2013 Indische Musik für die Niederlande - John Eijlers. India Instruments Rundbrief März/April 2013.
  • van Straaten, Eva-Maria Alexandra
    2012 What Are We Doing Here?” Nostalgic Desires for a Cosmopolitan Sensory Aesthetic in the Amsterdam-based Psytrance Scene. Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 4(1): 65–85..
  • Boonzajer-Flaes, Rob & van Straaten, Eva-Maria
    2009 MUNDO. Wereldmuziek in Nederland - onderzoeksprogramma 2010 - 2014. Pp1-58.


Teaching

WiSe 2019/20

  • "Hush": Media and Sonic Self-Control


SoSe 2019

  • Musik, Struktur, Kognition: Analyse von Musik II
  • Kolloquium Musikwissenschaft
  • Tradition und Transformation: From "Biophilia" to "circle of life": Nature in/and Popular Music
  • Feldforschung: Theorien und Methoden


WiSe18/19

  • Grundkurs Musikwissenschaft
  • Kolloquium: Decolonizing the ears?
  • Sonic ecologies: Recording-and-listening as knowledge practices (with Dr. Angelika Thielsch)
  • Musik und Kulturanalyse


SoSe 2018

  • fieldwork: theories and methods
  • Pop music and (digital) technology
  • Music, structure, cognition: music analysis II
  • Colloquium: musik-power-body


WiSe 2017/18

  • Music and cultural analysis
  • Introduction into musicology
  • Colloquium musicology


SoSe 2017

  • Archive fever: Hindustani classical music


WiSe 2016/17

  • Music and cultural analysis
  • Artistic-Research: Sounds of Private Spaces (with Daniel Door and Julian Warner)


SoSe 2016

  • Post-colonial Musicology: Hindustani Classical Music
  • "Can you hear the music?!" Sound Systems an der Schnittstelle von Handwerk, kulturellem Leben, und Musik(-wissenschaft) (Forschungsorientiertes Lehren und Lernen Projekt)


WiSe 2015/16

  • Music and Cultural Analysis


SoSe 2015

  • Music and Humor - Musical Humor


SoSe 2014

  • Europe and Its Musical Others (ERASMUS Teachers exchange, Turku University of Finland, with Prof. Birgit Abels und Prof. Andreas Waczkat)


WiSe 2013/14

  • Grundkurs Musikwissenschaft
  • Hearing the World in One Place: Sonorous Encounters at 19th and early 20th Century World's Fairs and "Völkerschauen"


SoSe 2013

  • Music and Movement: Hindustani Classical Music


WiSe 2012/13

  • »Have you heard the world lately?« Sounds, Practices and Industries of the Popular Musics of the World.


SoSe 2012

  • »Wir brauchen Bass«: Questioning the Local-Global binary through Electronic Dance Music (EDM) (Teil 2)
  • Vokaltechnik, kulturelle Praxis, Bedeutungszuschreibung: Obertonsingen in Zentralasien (Forschungsorientiertes Lehren und Lernen Projekt)


WiSe 2011/12:

  • »Wir brauchen Bass«: Questioning the Local-Global binary through Electronic Dance Music (EDM)




Conferences and workshops (co-)organised

2019

  • Decolonizing Research Methodologies in Music and Gender Studies: Strategies for Practical Application and Action, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2017
  • Ways of Dwelling: Crisis - Craft – Creativity, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2016
  • Dynamics of Canon Formation: Musical Exploration of the Benefits and Limits of Canonisation Theories, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2014
  • Graduate Studies in Cultural Musicology – Concepts, Aims, Methods, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2013
  • Thinking through music with Nicholas Cook, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Music Moves: Exploring Musical Meaning Through Spatiality, Difference, Framing and Transformation, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2012
  • 5. Niedersächsischer Studientag Musikwissenschaft, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2012
  • Featured Thinker Day 2012 with Prof. Dr. M. Bal, Zentrum für Theorie und Methoden der Kulturwissenschaften, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2012
  • 15. Gesellschaft für Musikforschung-Tagung, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2011
  • 6th MARE Conference, Universität von Amsterdam, Niederlande
  • 2010
  • 5th MARE Conference, Universität von Amsterdam, Niederlande