Newsletter No. 6 from 9th of December 2010
Dear colleagues and friends,
In this latest newsletter from the research group "Music, Conflict and the
State" we would like to draw your attention to several important upcomping
events: 1) two presentations given by former group members during the regular
colloquia organised by the Department of Musicology, 2) our last two research
meetings in winter semester 2010/11, and 3) our workshop on Music Torture
workshop that will take place on 29 April 2011.
1. MCS-RELATED PRESENTATIONS IN THE MUSICOLOGY RESEARCH COLLOQUIA
January, 12th 2011, 6 p.m.
Mareike Jacobs will present her Master’s thesis research on the Hakkamat, a
female Bardic tradition from Western Sudan, during the regular colloquia for
M.A. and doctoral students organised the Department of Musicology.
Januar 19th, 2011, 6 p.m. NB – NEW DATE!
Dr. des. Dean Cáceres will present his research on military associations in
instrumental music for children during the 19th century. His writing on this
topic will be included in the MCS book project entitled "Little Drummer Boys:
Children, Music and the Military from Antiquity to the Present Day".
Both presentations will be in German and are part of the Department of
Musicology’s regular research colloquia. They will take place in the Lecture
Theatre (Hörsaal) of the Dept. of Musicology, Kurze Geismar Str. 1, 37073
2. MCS RESEARCH MEETINGS IN JANUARY 2011
The last two research meetings of the winter semester are dedicated to the
topic of the role of music in torture, in preparation for the Music Torture
workshop that will be held on the 29th of April, 2011.
January 10, 2011:
General introduction to the subject of torture.
Recommended reading preliminary to the session: "Was ist Folter?",
Additional further reading: Heiner Bielefeld, “Menschenwürde und
Folterverbot”, available at :
January 24, 2011:
Guido Fackler, “Lied und Gesang im KZ”, Lied und populäre Kultur / Song and
Popular Culture, 46. Jahrg., (2001), pp. 141-198
Suzanne G. Cusick, "Music as Torture / Music as Weapon",
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any difficulty accessing the
texts, both of which are also available in the library of the Department of
The meetings will take place from 18:15-19:30 in the Lecture Room (Hörsaal)
of the Department of Musicology, Kurze Geismarstrasse 1, 37073 Göttingen.
3. INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP "MUSIC AND TORTURE: RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES"
The aim of the workshop is to establish the current state of research into
the use of music as an instrument of torture, and to establish research
priorities for the future. A full programme will be published early in the
Five places have been reserved for students and colleagues of the University
of Goettingen. Due to the limited number of places available, we ask that
those who wish to attend register with us as soon as possible by sending an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are cordially invited to attend all events!
Further information is available under
The Research Group "Music, Conflict and the State"