It’s full of energy and with a corresponding degree of enthusiasm for our jubilarian Ludwig van Beethoven that we begin the new calendar year with this issue of mdw Magazine—where you can get a look at Beethoven from a very broad range of standpoints, learn why a contemporary perspective on his diverse musical legacy can be worthwhile, and find out about the mdw’s artistic and research-related projects and events that are addressing “the Beethoven phenomenon” throughout this year.

On 10 December of last year, the mdw marked its second observance of Human Rights Day with a panel discussion, and this issue contains a detailed rundown of the current debate on themes such as human rights, equal treatment, and anti-discrimination as addressed by that event.

Ulrike Sych © Inge Prader, 2017

You can also read about the mdw’s successful completion of its audit, the opening of its new Music and Minorities Research Center (MMRC), and its receipt of the Meritus Award—an honour of which we’re particularly proud, since it recognises our University’s commitment to LGBTIQ concerns and diversity management.

Furthermore, you can find out just why the Max Reinhardt Seminar treats dying as something that has to be learned as well as how students at Film Academy Vienna recently developed a miniseries. And finally, the ways in which an artistic estate winds up at the mdw and what happens next is something you’ll learn about not only here, but also as part of the Long Night of Research on 8 May at the mdw’s Centre, located in our building on Lothringerstraße.

I hope you’ve had a great start into 2020 and wish you much enjoyment reading mdw Magazine this year, as well!

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