Newsletter No. 18 from 19th June 2013

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

In this edition of our newsletter you will find information on a new publication and details of an upcoming guest lecture hosted by the group.

1. Music and Torture | Music and Punishment: Publication of special journal issue

We are delighted to announce the publication of a special issue of the world of music (new series) with the title Music and Torture | Music and Punishment, guest edited by two members of the group. The issue presents important new case studies on the use of music in the context of torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. The five contributions to this topic in this issue are as follows:

* Music and Punishment in the British Army in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
M. J. Grant (University of Göttingen)

* Music and Torture in Nazi Sites of Persecution and Genocide in Occupied Poland 1939–1945
Katarzyna Naliwajek-Mazurek (University of Warsaw)

* Music and Torture in Chilean Detention Centers: Conversations with an Ex-Agent of Pinochet’s Secret Police
Katia Chornik (University of Manchester)

* Music, Torture, Testimony: Reopening the Case of the Greek Military Junta (1967–1974)
Anna Papaeti (University of Göttingen)

* “Human rights have made a difference”: An interview with Manfred Nowak (Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights/Vienna & former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture)

For more information and to order, please consult the journal website at

2. Guest lecture on 26 June 2013, 6 p.m. : Prof. James Deaville (Carleton University), "Occupy Music: Collective Protest, Voice, and Multiphonality"

On 26 June we will host a lecture by Prof. James Deaville in the context of the regular colloquia held by the Department of Musicology. In addition to expertise in German art music of the nineteenth century, Prof. Deaville has written extensively on the use of music in news reporting of war and conflict, and in this lecture will turn his attention to one of the most significant protest movements of recent years. The lecture will be held in the Lecture Hall (Hörsaal, Room 101) of the Department of Musicology. All are welcome!

Further information on the Research Group can be found on our website:
Research Group "Music, Conflict and the State"

Best wishes

The Research Group "Music, Conflict and the State"