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Singing like Germans: Black Musicians in the Land of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms

Kira Thurman, University of Michigan

November 10, 2020 · 12:00 pm-1:20 pm · virtual

Center for Collaborative History

Modern Europe Workshop

Registration is required to attend.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a unique link to join the meeting. If there is a pre-circulated paper, it will be distributed to those who registered approximately one-week prior to the workshop

Kira Thurman is an assistant professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and History at the University of Michigan. A classically-trained pianist who grew up in Vienna, Austria, Thurman earned her PhD in history from the University of Rochester with a minor field in musicology from the Eastman School of Music. Her research, which has appeared in German Studies Review, Journal of the American Musicological Society (JAMS), Opera Quarterly, and Journal of World History, focuses on two topics that occasionally converge: the relationship between music and German national identity, and Central Europe’s historical and contemporary relationship with the Black diaspora.

Her book, Singing Like Germans: Black Musicians in the Land of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press.

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