Modern Europe Workshop | "Singing like Germans: Black Musicians in the Land of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms"

Modern America Workshop
Event date: 
November 10, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:20pm
Kira Thurman
University of Michigan
Seminar Series: 
Modern Europe Workshop

Introduction of forthcoming book: "Singing like Germans: Black Musicians in the Land of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms"

Kira Thurman, University of Michigan

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Kira Thurman is an assistant professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and History at the University of Michigan. A classically-trained pianist who grew up in Vienna, Austria, Thurman earned her PhD in history from the University of Rochester with a minor field in musicology from the Eastman School of Music. Her research, which has appeared in German Studies Review, Journal of the American Musicological Society (JAMS), Opera Quarterly, and Journal of World History, focuses on two topics that occasionally converge: the relationship between music and German national identity, and Central Europe's historical and contemporary relationship with the Black diaspora.

Her book, Singing Like Germans: Black Musicians in the Land of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press.

Jeremy Teow
19th Century
20th Century