The main tasks of the department are research, teaching and publication within the range of folk music research and ethnomusicology:

  • Research into music and dance in contexts which are traditional, which result from traditional contexts, or which go beyond these – in Austria, Europe and in selected areas outside Europe
  • Conveying theoretical knowledge about traditional musics via teaching
  • Practical teaching of dance, vocal music and instrumental music in specific traditional styles
  • Raising sociopolitical awareness as for minorities, transculturality, gender/queer in relation to music and dance
  • Carrying out musical fieldwork, development of transcription and analysis
  • International cooperation
  • Organization of symposia, lectures and seminars
  • Publishing