Jewish Music in South Germany—History, Exile, Continuance
Abstr. due: 01.02.2019
Dates: 11.07.19 — 12.07.19
Organizing comittee e-mail: symposiumHMTM2019@gmail.com
Organizers: Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
The first known settlement of Jews in the south of Germany can be traced back to 906 C.E., documented in the toll regulation of Passau, the city of three rivers which was conveniently situated for those using trade routes to Hungary, southern Russia, and northeastern Germany. But it was not until the end of the 17th century that communities formed that had a lasting presence in the region. In the 18th century flourishing communities grew in Fürth and Ansbach, both associated with important musical practices. In the course of the 19th century Jews began to absorb (or reject) the vast changes and developments that took hold of Central Europe: emancipation and acculturation, the Reform movement, Zionism, and anti-Semitism—all of which had significant influence on musical practices and expressions.
This two-day symposium “Jewish Music in South Germany—History, Exile, Continuance” concerns itself with the music of Jews who called South Germany their home, from the earliest times to the very present. Indeed, there was and is continuance: Although the shoah marked a severe rupture of civilization and in history, after World War II thousands of Jews assembled in Displaced Persons camps in Bavaria and new communities formed as well. Today Jewish music is heard on German soil in various and ever-expanding contexts.
We are inviting papers in German and English that address the multi-faceted topics related to Jewish music in South Germany drawing upon the methodologies of ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music theory, cultural studies, and anthropology. We particularly welcome Jewish studies scholars. Encouraging a variety of topics, we hope to inspire twenty-minute presentations leaning on the following larger subject categories:
The Early Modern Period
Responses to Nazism
Displaced Persons Camps
The Postwar Era
Please submit a title with an abstract of 300 words maximum, and include contact information (address, affiliation, and e-mail).