Women and gender studies
Development of gender studies in Europe and its roots in the discourse of musicology and cultural studies
The project „Music and Gender on the Internet” was created based on women studies, gender studies, and queer studies, a field first established in the U.S. that also experienced dynamic development in Europe. Music history, even today, is explored and documented as the history of authors and their works, rather than the history of cultural behavior. Subsequently many women musicians that were active in areas such as interpretation, music pedagogy and promotion are often overlooked, because they were not apparent to the public eye.
Questions regarding gender have until now been reviewed hesitantly within German musicology, partly due to the reservations towards the „new-musicology” movement in the U.S. with its theoretical underpinnings.
The distinct goal of the MUGI project is therefore to further develop the methodical aspects of women and gender studies and to integrate it into musicology studies in universities and conservatoriums.
Re-writing music history
Contribution to a „new” musical historiography and documentation of cultural behavior
It is the goal of the MUGI project to contribute to a „new” musical historiography, in which music will be understood as a means of cultural behavior. Aspects of interpretations that so far have been ignored should be included in future research, i.e. the history of interpretation, musical production and communication outside of the public domain, places of cultural activities, and the history of music education as part of a larger, more extensive history of music and its mediation.
Gaps in research
Raising awareness to the still existing gaps in research regarding musical activities of women
This new form of describing musical history becomes apparent in the MUGI „encyclopedia” (-> „Lexikon”), showing works of female performers, authors of music, patrons, organizers of musical Salons etc. and shedding light on an important but mostly unknown chapter of European cultural history that has existed from antiquity to the present. This database not only evaluates and interconnects today’s knowledge, but raises awareness to the still existing gaps in research regarding musical activities of women, and aims at initiating new fields of research.
Communication and networking
Building a network for musicologists, musicians, music students, and the public
The research-platform „Music and Gender on the Internet” serves as a communication and information network, and showcases material formerly unpublished or out-of-print and other resources previously unavailable to the public.
Forms of presentation on the internet
Development and implementation of multimedia formats in the mediation of music and the depiction of working contexts of musicians and gender specific issues
Individually designed multimedia presentations of women musicians, as well as related issues, make full use of the innovative possibilities of the internet (i.e. non-hierarchical and interactive structures). With the mediation of music and the depiction of women musicians in a working and living context MUGI makes an innovative contribution to a contemporary music mediation, thus reflecting the change towards today’s information society.
Enhancements in learning
User-friendly projects like the multimedia presentations or the digital archive for seminar preparation will enable students to gather experience with job specific use of the internet more efficiently
Making high school research and learning accessible to elementary school education
The use of the internet and multimedia presentations will make preparation and implementation of music lessons more attractive and is highly motivating for students, in turn contributing to a greater involvement with contemporary music.