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Lecture: Music as a Strategy of Cultural Policy in Nazi Germany


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About the Event:

On September 5, the young Austrian historian Bernhard Achhorner will discuss in his lecture the role of music as part of the Nazi regime’s propaganda strategy to create and articulate national identity. The event is part of the commemoration series of the ACF Washington to mark one of the most painful and darkest moments in our history, the so-called “Anschluss” of Austria to Nazi-Germany in 1938, and the horrific events that followed.

In 2011, a public debate questioned the cultural identity of an Austrian province, Tyrol. The Tyrolean public was deeply divided: recent academic outcomes have demonstrated that several cultural events and rituals in Tyrol/Austria, in which particularly music played an important role in their execution, were merely invented or misused by the fascist regime of Nazi Germany and thus, became an unwanted heritage. Accordingly, this lecture tries to determine the role of music as part of the regime’s propaganda strategy to create and articulate national identity.

About the Speaker:
Bernhard Achhorner studied musicology and anthropology at the University of Innsbruck. His research focuses on the intersections between music and identity, music and politics, as well as intermediality and performance studies. For the academic year of 2017/18 he was a visiting research fellow at the “Center Austria: The Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies” at the University of New Orleans. Currently he is working on the topic of “Inscribed Physicality: Musical Gesture in Manuscripts and Prints” as a research assistant at the University of Innsbruck for the DACH-project Writing Music. Iconic, performative, operative, and material aspects in musical notation(s).
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2018-09-05 19:00:00 2018-09-05 21:30:00 America/New_York Lecture: Music as a Strategy of Cultural Policy in Nazi Germany European Union Delegation in the US: Lecture: Music as a Strategy of Cultural Policy in Nazi Germany Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court Northwest, , Washington, DC European Union Delegation in the US delegation-usa-info@eeas.europa.eu
September 5, 2018

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Austrian Cultural Forum,
3524 International Court Northwest, ,
Washington, DC 
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