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On Wednesday February 28 at 3:00pm, the Musicology Division cordially invites you to the first of three Steinhardt Lectures in the spring semester. Our guest speaker this time will be Dr. Jan Blüml, Fulbright scholar and Assistant Professor of Musicology at Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic. His presentation will examine the development of “popular music studies” in Czechoslavakia in the context of Central European Culture and Politics after 1945. The lecture will take place in Murphy Hall, Room 238.

In English-language scholarship it is usually claimed that the popular music studies discipline emerged between the mid-1970s and the early 1980s in Western Europe and North America, mainly on the initiative of young sociologists. The history of the field in communist Europe, which preceded the institutionalization of popular music studies in the West by about twenty years, is still almost unknown. The lecture will discuss the establishment of popular music studies in the context of Marxist musicology and communist cultural policy mainly on the example of post-war Czechoslovakia; it will look at this issue in a broader international context and show the social and political mechanisms that determine the emergence of an academic discipline and define its social significance.

Dr. Jan Blüml has been working in the position of assistant professor at the Department of Musicology, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, since 2014. His main academic interest lies in the history of popular music in East Central Europe with special emphasis on music in the former Czechoslovakia. He is co-editor of the monograph Popular Music in Communist and Post-Communist Europe (Peter Lang, 2019).

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