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Durham University’s Department of Music has a distinguished tradition of musicological scholarship stretching back over a century, and today plays host to a productive variety of musicological sub-disciplines and approaches, from the cultural-historical to the analytical, from theatre studies to trauma studies.  Our internationally-renowned musicologists publish widely in leading music and interdisciplinary journals, collaborate with partners around the globe, and win prizes and grants for cutting-edge research; they are also active outside the academy through reconstructing and editing works for performance and recording, giving pre-concert talks and writing programme notes, and working with local ensembles and schools. We have a particular concentration of expertise relating to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a focus on music and musical life in the German-speaking world, France, Japan, Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Empire. We maintain close links with several of the University's interdisciplinary research institutes and centres (including the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, and the Institute for Medical Humanities) and a number of national and international research networks, amongst them the group of the British Association for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies.   The department regularly hosts major international conferences and workshops, with notable recent events include Trauma Studies in the Medical Humanities (2018); The English Musical Renaissance and the Church (2018); The Nineteenth-Century Archive as a Discourse of Power (2019); and the department will host the Royal Musical Association Annual Conference in 2022.

Postdoctoral and postgraduate scholars are an integral part of the Department, participating in our regular research fora and study groups. We would be delighted to hear from prospective postdoctoral fellows, PhD and Masters students. Collaboration with academics in other departments is possible for PhD supervision and post-doctoral mentoring: we currently have doctoral students working between Music and Theology, and between Music and Modern Languages and Cultures, for example. You can read more about Research Supervision here.

Musicology Staff

Find out more about our Musicology staff research interests

Dr Molly Barnes

The intersection of social idealism with the burgeoning art music culture of United States during the mid-nineteenth century
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Professor Jeremy Dibble

British music of the Victorian and Edwardian periods. English church music.
Professor Jeremy Dibble playing piano

Dr Austin Glatthorn -Honorary Fellow

Eighteenth-century music theatre, media, and mobility; music for winds; reception studies; music and early modern cultural history
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Dr Katherine Hambridge

French & German music culture between Revolutions;voice & song; music & politics;popular music theatre;discourses of high/low art;genre & performance
Dr Katherine Hambridge

Dr Amanda Hsieh

Late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German opera, in both German-speaking Europe and East Asia (specifically Japan)
Amanda Hsieh

Professor Julian Horton

Music of Bruckner, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert, the history of the symphony, and the 19th-century piano concerto
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Dr Erin Johnson-Williams

Nineteenth-century British music and empire; music and mission; decolonisation; music education; trauma studies, gender and maternity.
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Professor Max Paddison

Adorno and Critical Theory; aesthetics and sociology of music; concepts of the avant-garde, modernism and postmodernism; Marxism and music
Professor Max Paddison

Dr Daniel Walden

Global history of music in the 19th/20th centuries ; music and history of science, technology, and society; decolonial critique; performance practice
Dr Daniel Walden

Professor Bennett Zon

Music, religion and science in long 19th- and 20th century- culture; music theology; Anglican and Catholic liturgical music and musical cultures
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