Tagung | Transnational Perspectives on Music, Sound and (War) Propaganda (1914–1945) (online)

Die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und die Universität Zürich laden am 21. und 22. Oktober 2021 ein. Die Konferenz findet in englischer Sprache und online über Zoom statt – Zugangsdaten siehe unten.


Conference Organization

Diego Alonso (Humboldt University, Berlin)

Christian Koller (Swiss Social Archives and University of Zurich)

Steffen Just (University of Potsdam) 

Programme Committee

Esteban Buch (Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris)

Silvia Martínez (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Rebecca P. Scales (Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY)

Melanie Schiller (University of Groningen)

Luis Velasco-Pufleau (University of Bern)

Conference Programme

(all times in Central European Time – CET)

Thursday, 21 October 2021 

9.00 – 9:15 / Welcome Words  

9:15 – 10:15 / KEYNOTE:  Jens Gerrit Papenburg (University of Bonn): Sound Systems and Propaganda. A Sound and Music History of the Summer Olympic Games 1936

10:30 – 12:45 / PANEL 1:  Radio and Recordings as Propaganda and Diplomacy Tools

Chair: Christian Koller

  • Acker, Yolanda F. (Australian National University, Canberra, AUS) – Robeson, Stradivarii and Loudspeakers: The Radio and Public Broadcasting in Madrid During the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) 
  • Palazzetti, Nicoló (La Sapienza University of Rome, ITA) & Thomas, Jonathan (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, FRA) – Propaganda, Diplomacy and Ideological Crisis: Sonic Cultures and Italian Fascism During the Early 1940s 
  • Tazaki, Naomi (Kyoto Women’s University, JPN) – Cooperation for propaganda: French Policies on Radio and Music in Different Institutions from the Popular Front to the Vichy Regime (1936-1944) 
  • Lisak-Gębala, Dobrawa (University of Wroclaw, POL) – Polish Wartime Poems as a Part of Radiophonic Propaganda During WWII 

12:45 –14:00 BREAK  

14:00 – 15:45 / PANEL 2: Music and Sound Systems as Technologies of Power, Discipline and Terror  

Chair:  Steffen Just

  • Zmiejewski, Weronika (Institute of Iranian Studies, Academy of Sciences, Vienna, AUT) – The Phonogrammarchiv’s Nazi Period Recordings with Soviet Citizens from Central Asia and the Caucasus 
  • Calero-Carramolino, Elsa (University of Granada, ESP) – The Exercise of Power Through Sound Technology in Franco’s Prisions
  • Naliwajek, Katarzyna (University of Warsaw, POL) – Nazi Sound Propaganda in Occupied Poland
  • Anderton, Abby (City University of New York, USA) – Collective Sonic Trauma: Composing the Air Raid Sirens of the Second World War​

16:00 – 18:15 / PANEL 3: The Role of Radio in Intercontinental Propaganda

Chair:  Esteban Buch

  • Henning, Phillipp (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, GER) – Creation of Authenticity Through Voice and Sound. Strategies of Inculturation in Nazi Germany`s Arab-Language Broadcast Propaganda in World War II
  • Mitra, Nabanita (Women’s Christian College, Kolkata, IND) – Exploring Sonic Dictatorship Through Wartime Indian Radio
  • Shih, Matthew (University of Toronto, CAN) – Broadcasting German National Interest in Wartime Shanghai
  • Stein, Danielle (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) – Affective Voices in the Wilderness of Mirrors: Utilizing Tableau to Examine Gender in the Office of Strategic Services Clandestine Recordings

Friday, 22 October 2021 

9:00 – 11:15 / PANEL 4: Transnational Music Practices, Repertoires and Organizations

Chair: Luis Velasco-Pufleau

  • Diamantouli, Eirini (University of Cambridge, UK) – ‘We Fight and We Sing’: Echoes of the Russian Revolution in Songs of the Greek Resistance 
  • Corbera Jaume, Amadeu (Universitat de les Illes Balears, ESP) – When the Scum Sings: the Catalan Choir from Le Vernet Prisoner’s Camp (1941). 
  • Mullen, John (Université de Rouen, FRA) – Reinforcing War Priorities Through Popular Song in Britain and France 1914-1918: Why Were the British and French Repertoires so Radically Different?
  • Graff, Peter (Denison University, Cleveland, USA) – Staging Patriotism and Propaganda: Cleveland’s German-Language Theater and the Great War

11:30 – 13:45 / PANEL 5:  Propaganda on the Road: Musicians’ Tours and Travels

Chair: Elizaveta Willert

  • Reichard, Tobias (Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, GER) – German-Italian Music Relations During World War II
  • Fontelles-Ramonet, Albert (EESA/CPD Institut del Teatre, ESP) – The European Tours of Cobla Barcelona (1936-1937): Music Against Fascism During the Spanish Civil War.
  • Pestel, Friedemann (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, GER) – Mobile Propaganda: The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Touring National Socialist “New Europe”, 1940‒1944 
  • Ceriani, Davide (Rowan University, New Jersey, USA) – Italian Instrumental Music as Fascist Propaganda in the United States During the Interwar Period 

13.45 – 14.30   BREAK 

14.30 – 16.15 / PANEL 6: Classical Music and the Musical Canon as Propaganda

Chair:  Diego Alonso

  • Christoforidis, Michael & Murray, Ken (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, AUS) – In the Wake of Granados: Framing “Spanish Music” as Propaganda in London and Madrid (1916-1919)  
  • Benoit-Otis, Marie-Hélène & Prud’homme, Gabrielle (Université de Montréal, CAN) – “Ein Zusammenklang von seltener Art”: Performing Mozart’s Requiem in Fascist Italy (1941) 
  • Messing, Scott (Alma College, Michigan, USA) – The Politics of a Schubert Year (1928): Vienna and Beyond

16:30 – 17:30 / KEYNOTE: Anne C. Shreffler (Harvard University, USA): ‘Forward But Not Forgotten’:  The Rise and Fall of Musical Agit-Prop During the 1930s.

17:30 – 18:15 / Future Perspectives: Open Discussion & Concluding Thoughts



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