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Anna Rauscher

PhD Candidate

Lansstraße 5-9
14195 Berlin

Anna studied English and American literature and linguistics, German literature, linguistics and medieval studies, and Slavic languages at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Oxford University and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She joined the department as a doctoral candidate in October 2018.

"Counterpointing Quiet Diplomacy”. Classical Music, Human Rights and Political Activism (1960-2000). (Dissertation Project)

Dissertation in History

Mentoring team:
First supervisor: Prof. Jessica Gienow-Hecht PhD
Second supervisor: n/n
Third supervisor: n/n

My dissertation focuses on articulations of emotional concern in reaction to human rights issues in the last quarter of the last century. The goal of the research project is to elucidate an alliance between classical music and human rights advocacy in the US (1960-2000 appr.). Drawing on recent positions concerning the history of emotions in American human rights history and the political history of classical music in the US, the dissertation seeks to explore ruptures and continuities in the emotional repertory informing musical human rights activism before and after the end of the Cold War. In my thesis I combine systematic analyses of conceptual convergences within the discourse about human rights and classical music and a diachronic investigation of the moral and emotional language used by human rights advocates and non-state actors connected to the field of classical music (e.g. orchestras, conductors and organizations representing musicians’ interests). The thesis seeks to explain the intentions and emotions that make musicians play their instruments for human rights.

Key terms: history of emotions, history of human rights, musical diplomacy, social history of classical music, music and emotion, history of humanitarianism, history of ethics, media history, digital humanities/ digital archives, universality, harmony, practice, performance

Dahlem Research School
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft