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Rebekah Ahrendt

Visiting Scholar (Nov 2019-Jan 2020)

PhD, Associate Professor of Musicology, The Netherlands

Rebekah Ahrendt is Associate Professor of Musicology in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. Prior to joining Utrecht’s faculty, she was Assistant Professor in the Yale University Department of Music and a Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University. A specialist in music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, though with interests across the longue durée, Ahrendt’s scholarship proposes thinking about mobility musically, by tracing the processes by which ideas, people, and practices are transposed. Much of her recent work has focused on the interactions between music and international relations, including the co-edited book Music and Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and the chapter “The Diplomatic Viol” in International Relations, Music and Diplomacy: Sounds and Voices on the International Stage (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Ahrendt is also a co-director of the internationalresearch project Signed, Sealed, & Undelivered. Designed to explore the limits of archival inquiry, the project brings together humanities scholars with conservation, imaging, and materials scientists. A graduate of the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, Ahrendt continues to perform and record on the viola da gamba. 

 

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Instruments of God: Toward a Metaphysics of Music Theory

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