Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ralf von Appen (Mag. Art.)
After graduate studies in musicology, philosophy and psychology at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, Ralf von Appen worked as a teaching and research assistant in Bremen and Giessen where he received a doctorate in musicology in 2007 and deputized the professorship for music pedagogy from 2017 to 2019. In 2019 he became professor for the theory and history of popular music at the mdw. He has published widely about the history, psychology, aesthetics and analysis of popular music and presented papers at conferences in England, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. Ralf von Appen has been elected chairman of the German Society for Popular Music Studies (GfPM). He is also a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and has been elected co-editor of the annual book series Beitraege zur Popularmusikforschung.