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Dr Florian Scheding

As a cultural historian, my main interest of research is music and migration, especially the displacement of European musics and musicians caused by the extreme political upheavals and catastrophes that characterise the 20th century. I suggest that an approach to music through the lens of migration can challenge and enrich socio-cultural understandings of music as well as conceptions of music historiography.

My publications address topics such as avant-garde musics of migrant composers during World War II, music by émigrés for film, cabaret of diasporic communities, and historiographies of exile studies. More recently, I have done extensive research on the Jewish musical modernity and its relation to issues of place, mobility, and migratory heterotopia, focussing on the music of figures such as Mátyás Seiber, István Anhalt, György Ligeti, and Hanns Eisler, including a recent contribution to the Ruth A. Solie award winning volume Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture (ed. Tina Frühauf and Lily Hirsch, 2014). 

My book, Music and Displacement: Diasporas, Mobilities and Dislocations in Europe and Beyond, co-edited with Erik Levi, was published in 2010 by Scarecrow Press in the Europea series edited by Martin Stokes and Philip V. Bohlman and was voted as “Outstanding Academic Title 2010” by Choice Magazine. My monograph on migratory music culture in mid-20th-century London is in progress.