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Bringing together humanities, sciences and practice within musicology and psychology. Richard Parncutt University of Graz, Austria 25th anniversary conference of the German Society for Music Psychology, 12-14 September 2008 This file was revised and extended following the presentation.
University of Graz, Austria
25th anniversary conference of the German Society for Music Psychology, 12-14 September 2008
This file was revised and extended following the presentation.
Musicology: the study of music
Psychology: the study of soul, self or mind
(e.g. via behavior and experience)
any study of any soul, self or mind
Object of research
Context of object
The subject (speaker/writer)
women: the Other sex
non-western: Other peoples
humanities: Other disciplines
(the Other musicology)
(the Real musicology)
(the Real study of human behavior)
(the Other study of human behavior)
In modern British and American English, “science” implies “positivist” scholarship
“Humanities” and “sciences”
are mutually exclusive categories!
Wissenschaft = scholarship, research, academe
wissenschaftlich = scholarly, research-based, academic
1. the research object itself (Geist / Natur)
2. distance between researcher & research object
3. agreement among researchers
Subjectivity is considered…
Exposes musicological prejudices against:
Seems unaware of prejudice against:
Contents page could have included:
Two sources of long-term resentment:
(natural, social, formal)
biased answers to central questions
myopic academic culture
Interdisciplinarity must be directly promoted!
Subjective classification based on main content of abstract
Other = methods, pedagogy, software development, analysis…
We need a better balance of:
Needed: English translation of the best chapters
Plausible expertise in both humanities and sciences is no longer possible!
Collaboration is inevitable!
democratic professorial selection procedures tend to
not only one person, one vote
but also explicit promotion of minorities & interdisciplinarity
(“explicit” = financial!)
If interdisciplinary collaboration is necessary, collegiality is also necessary! But we cannot take it for granted:
mutual trust and respect
Sharing of responsibility in
Reformation universities (16th C.) trained humanism:
Walter Rüegg (Ed., 1992). A history of the university in Europe, Vol. 1: Universities in the Middle Ages. Cambridge University Press.
Fascism (especially Nazism) is based on:
Historical, sociological, evolutionary evidence:
Fascism is latent in all cultural groups incl. countries & disciplines*
Antifascism is necessary in all countries & disciplines
Antifascism is based on:
* cf. Kenneth Westhues: academic mobbing
psychological identification with institution
openness; diversity of opinions/approaches
willingness to perform and serve
improved research and teaching
recognition of university and its members
attractivity for external academics and students
in (music) psychology: