For the mdw, this summer’s climax was doubtless the conferral of the prestigious Wittgenstein Award upon the ethnomusicologist and ICTM Secretary General Ursula Hemetek for her outstanding achievements in the field of minority research. This issue of mdw Magazine provides insights into the topics covered at the ICTM Joint Symposium held by the Study Group on Music and Minorities and the Study Group on Music and Gender, for which experts from around the world convened at the mdw this July.

Ulrike Sych
Ulrike Sych ©Inge Prader, 2017

isaScience 2018—headed for the first time by Dagmar Abfalter, Marko Kölbl, Rosa Reitsamer, and Fritz Trümpi—gave rise to interesting and critical contributions as well as discussions on the conference theme of “Participatory Approaches to Music & Democracy”.

The new academic year of 2018/2019 brings with it numerous event highlights at the mdw. This mdw Magazine issue also looks at how contemporary music has developed at the University, what it has to do with the notion of tradition, and what concerts you can look forward to in conjunction with the mdw’s collaboration with the festival Wien Modern.

With this issue, we also celebrate several anniversaries: 20 years of the Wiener Edition Alter Musik, 25 years of the mdw Archive, and 15 years of the mdw’s Centre for Further Education. To all three, we extend our congratulations!

And as the semester begins, you can also read about how character development is taught and trained at the Max Reinhardt Seminar, what students learn in the Digital Art – Compositing master’s degree programme at Film Academy Vienna, and how the mdw is presenting music-related contemporary history during Austria’s commemorative year of 2018 with the project Wie klingt Österreich.

I wish you a great start to the new academic year and interesting reading!

Unterschrift Sych

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