isaScience 2019

7-11 August 2019

Interdisciplinary Conference of mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna


isaScience is mdw's international conference for interdisciplinary research on music and performing arts. We invite scholars, artists, and activists from various disciplinary and cultural backgrounds and academic levels to join our scholarly discourse(s) on isa's annual thematic focus. Since 2013 isaScience is part of isa, the international summer academy of mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria. From 2013 to 2017 Ursula Hemetek and Cornelia Szabó-Knotik organised the conference program.

Organisers of isaScience 2019:
Dagmar Abfalter, Marko Kölbl, Rosa Reitsamer, Fritz Trümpi

Conference date: 7-11 August 2019
Conference venue:
Hotel Marienhof, Hauptstraße 71-73, 2651  Reichenau an der Rax, Austria

Keynote speakers:

William Cheng
Department of Music, Dartmouth College (USA)

Sally-Anne Gross
Music Business Management, Westminster School of Arts (UK)

Rumya S. Putcha
Department of Performance Studies, Texas A&M University (USA)

William Weber
Department of History, California State University Long Beach (USA)


Registration open!

Participation in all events of isaScience is open to the public.
For organisational reasons, registration is obligatory. 

Registration fee:
€ 50,-

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Marienhof Photo: Stephan Polzer

isaScience Team (l. to r.): Fritz Trümpi, Rosa Reitsamer, Marko Kölbl, Dagmar Abfalter Photo: isaScience Team


isaScience Team 2018, Dagmar Abfalter, Marko Kölbl, Rosa Reitsamer, Fritz Trümpi with Rector Ulrike Sych, Artistic Director of isa Johannes Meissl, and Therese Kaufmann (Research Support)


Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


Opening by Rector Mag.a Ulrike Sych, isaScience 2018. Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


Chair: ao. Univ.-Prof. Cornelia Szabó-Knotik Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


In discussion (l. to r.): Marko Kölbl, Deborah Wong, Ursula Hemetek Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


In discussion Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


Keynote: David Hesmondhalgh Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


Keynote: Marsha Siefert Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


Keynote: Deborah Wong Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


Panel, ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Gerold Gruber. Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


Chair: Deborah Wong Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


Panelists Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


Last day at Schloss Reichenau Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


Our technician Robert Hofmann Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


View from Marienhof Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


View from the Loos Haus Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch


View from the Loos Haus Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch

isaScience since 2013

isaScience18: Participatory Approaches to Music & Democracy Report

isaScience17: Motion - Emotion - Movement, Report

isaScience16: Drama - Ritual - Cultic Acts

isaScience15: JUBILEE! Music and Cultural Memory

isaScience14:  Zeitenwenden

isaScience13: Skandal!?



CfP isaScience 2019

isaScience 2019 Flyer

Preliminary Program 2019

isaScience Outreach Program:

Book your free ticket ( for the isaMatinee on Sunday, 11 August 2019, 11 am at Schloss Rothschild!

Open-Air Cinema on Saturday, 10 August 2019, 8.30 pm at Schloss WartholzWALTER ARLEN'S FIRST CENTURY (Documentary, AT 2018, 94 min, Stephanus Domanig)


mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Anton-von-Webern Platz 1
1030 Vienna, Austria

Coordination: Karoline Feyertag & Slavomira Martišková


Cell phone: +43 664 88790872