I am Professor of Musicology and hold the chair established for Carl Allan Moberg in 1947. My research is focused on historical musicology, especially the early modern period, and on theoretical and methodological problems in musicology and in the humanities in general. Since 2012 I am head of the Department of Musicology, and since 2014 Chairman of the Swedish Society for Musicology. 2016 I was elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Letters.
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In my research I work specifically with 17th century music history. I try to combine music analysis in the hermeneutic tradition with historical anthropology and the history of ideas. I also take interest in reception history. Since 2012 I am the coordinator of a research network financed by STINT, "Musical-cultural exchange in Early Modern Europe 1550-1750", together with Royal Holloway, London University and Bach Archiv, Universität Leipzig. I am also project leader for the project "The Royal Swedish court collection of French music from 1690-1726", financed by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond).
I am also a member of the following research networks:
- TraDiMus: "Tracking the Dissemination of Italian Music" (Fondazione Levi, Venice)
- "Shared Histories of Italian Opera in the Nordic Countries", NOS-HS
- "The Mandolin in Naples in the second half of 18th Century" (Bologna, Uppsala, Naples)
Apart from the early modern period I have also worked on art music and aesthetic debates in Sweden after the 2nd world war. I am also interested in the human voice, vocal performances and performativity.
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