The Music of German Emigrants Outside Europe in the 18th and 19th Centuries

The Music of German Emigrants Outside Europe in the 18th and 19th Centuries

International Conference
Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil
Departamento de Música
4–6 May 2016

Call for Papers

The musical practice of German emigrants outside Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries has already been the subject of musicological research – although not substantially from within Germany itself. The musical practice of the Moravians or Pennsylvania Dutch, for example, has already been well documented, reconstructed and contextualized; the musical life within German settlements in Southern Brazil during the late 19th century has been the focus of several master theses at local universities. Furthermore, the musical activities of missionaries in the colonial history of the German Empire in Africa has been investigated.

All these examples have, however, two problems in common: First, they have not yet been considered together in comparison in order to recognize and discuss similarities and differences with regards to the shape of musical practices of German emigrants within their new, culturally divergent surroundings. Second, a reference back to musical practices and developments ‘at home’ together with a contextualization of emigrated music and its agents as part of German music history is still missing.

The international conference “The Music of German Emigrants Outside Europe in the 18th and 19th Centuries” will focus on these desiderata and for the first time invite researchers to an interdisciplinary exchange on the conference topic. The possible thematic priorities are:

  • German settlement colonies as places of emigrated musical practice: foundations (with reference to the settlements in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Australia, China, and the German political colonies)
  • The music practice of German emigrants in the 18th and 19th centuries: protagonists and networks
  • Works, styles, genres, instruments: transfer and transformation
  • Musical culture as a factor for integration and acculturation: processes and events
  • Musical culture between segregation and pan-germanism
  • The German political colonies and dependencies: special forms of politically controlled immigration and music practice?
  • Church music in the parish service and in the practice of evangelization

Please send abstracts of circa 250 words (in Word-Format) and a short biography before September 30, 2015, to the following e-mail addresses: and Notification of acceptance will be made by October 15, 2015.

The conference language is English. Selected papers will be published in German, English or Portuguese.

Dr. Christian Storch (UDESC Florianópolis / JGU Mainz)
Prof. Dr. Marcos Holler (UDESC Florianópolis)