Vossius Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences

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prof. dr. J.J.E. (Julia) Kursell

Muziekwetenschap
  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Muziekwetenschap
  • Visiting address
    Universiteitstheater
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18  
  • Postal address:
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat  16-18
    1012 CP  Amsterdam
  • J.J.E.Kursell@uva.nl

Julia Kursell is professor and chair of the Institute of Musicology at the University of Amsterdam. She studied musicology, Slavic philology and comparative literature in Munich, Moscow and Los Angeles, and completed her doctoral studies at Munich University with a thesis on music in the early Russian Avant-Garde. Before coming to Amsterdam, she was assistant professor at the Slavic Department of Munich University, and research fellow at the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies, Berlin. From 2004 to 2011 she worked as research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where she was a member of the research group “Experimentalization of Life”. In 2013, she received the Habilitation (professorial degree) in musicology and history of science from Technical University, Berlin, for the thesis “Ohr und Instrument: Zu Hermann von Helmholtz’ physiologischer Grundlegung der Musiktheorie”. Her research interests include 20th and 21st-century composition, the history of musicology and the relation between music and science. She is co-director of the UvA's Vossius Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences (http://vossius.uva.nl) and editor of the journal History of Humanities (http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/hoh/current). 

 

New

"Alexander Ellis's Translation of Helmholtz's Sensations of Tone", in: Isis 109/2: 339-345.

https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/698239

"Carl Stumpf and the Beginnings of Research in Musicality", in: H. Honing (ed.), The Origins of Musicality (pp. 323-346). Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.

https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/origins-musicality

 

Recent

"Electronic music for radios by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Michael Snow"
Paper with Armin Schäfer at "Radiophonic Cultures" 
7 - 9 May 2018, Museum Tinguely, Basel
International Conferency by the group "Sonic Environments and Archivs in Hybrid Media Systems"
https://www.tinguely.ch/en/ausstellungen/ausstellungen/2018/radiophonic-cultures.html

Experimentelle Geduld – Komponieren und Forschen bei Chaya Czernowin und Enno Poppe
Lecture at 72. Frühjahrstagung des INMM, Darmstadt

http://www.neue-musik.org/2017/06/01/tagung-2018/

Conference "Forgetting Knowledge" – a cooperation of Vossius Center for History of Humanities and Sciences, Amsterdam, Huygens ING – KNAW, Descartes Centrum, Utrecht, and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/de/veranstaltung/forgetting-knowledge 

Conference "Betwixt and Between: Sound in the Humanities and Sciences"
in collaboration with the Max Planck Research Group "Epistemes of Modern Acoustics"

https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/research/projects/working-group-betwixt-and-between-sound-humanities-and-sciences-0

 

Selected publications

2017 (ed. by Netzwerk "Hör-Wissen im Wandel" http://www.hoer-wissen-im-wandel.de). Wissensgeschichte des Hörens in der Moderne. Berlin: De Gruyter.

2015 (ed. with Rens Bod). Forum Session "The Humanities and the Sciences". Isis106 (2), 337-340.

2013 (ed. with Alexandra E. Hui and Myles W. Jackson). Music, Sound, and the Laboratory, From 1750 – 1980, Osiris 28, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2009 (ed. with Pnina Avidar and Raviv Ganchrow). Immersed. Sound and Architecture. OASE Tijdschrift voor Architectuur / Journal for Architecture, vol. 78.

 

 

2018

  • Kursell, J. J. E. (2018). Carl Stumpf and the Beginnings of Research in Musicality. In H. Honing (Ed.), The Origins of Musicality (pp. 323-346). Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
  • Kursell, J. (2018). Alexander Ellis’s Translation of Helmholtz’s Sensations of Tone. Isis, 109(2), 339-345. DOI: 10.1086/698239  [details] 

2017

  • Kursell, J. (2017). Experimental Cylinders: Experiments in Music Psychology around 1900. Journal of Sonic Studies, 13. [details] 
  • Kursell, J. (2017). Fine-Tuning Philology: Helmholtz’s Investigation into Ancient Greek and Persian Scales. History of Humanities, 2(2), 345–359. DOI: 10.1086/693318  [details] 

2016

  • Bod, R., Kursell, J., Maat, J., & Weststeijn, T. (2016). A New Field: History of Humanities. History of Humanities, 1(1), 1-8. DOI: 10.1086/685056  [details] 
  • Bod, R., Kursell, J., Maat, J., & Weststeijn, T. (2016). Going Global. History of Humanities, 1(2), 211-212. DOI: 10.1086/687970  [details] 
  • Kursell, J., & Schäfer, A. (2016). Microsound and Macrocosm: Gérard Grisey’s Explorations of Musical Sound and Space. In Y. Kaduri (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of sound and image in Western art (pp. 192-213). New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199841547.013.18  [details] 

2015

  • Bod, R., & Kursell, J. (2015). Introduction: The Humanities and the Sciences. Isis, 106(2), 337-340. DOI: 10.1086/681993  [details] 
  • Kursell, J. (2015). A third note: Helmholtz, Palestrina, and the Early History of Musicology. Isis, 106(2), 353-366. DOI: 10.1086/682003  [details] 

2013

  • Kursell, J. (2013). Experiments on Tone Color in Music and Acoustics: Helmholtz, Schoenberg, and Klangfarbenmelodie. In A. Hui, J. Kursell, & M. W. Jackson (Eds.), Music, Sound, and the Laboratory From 1750 to 1980 (pp. 191-211). (Osiris; No. 28). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2017

  • Kursell, J. J. E. (2017). Klangfarbe um 1850: Ein epistemischer Raum. In Netzwerk "Hörwissen im Wandel" (Ed.), Wissensgeschichte des Hörens in der Moderne (pp. 21-39). Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Kursell, J. J. E. (2017). Mit dem Hören komponieren: Kombinationstöne in der Musik von Enno Poppe. Musik-Konzepte. Neue Folge, 175, 113–126.
  • Kursell, J. J. E. (2017). Musikwissenschaft am Berliner Institut für Psychologie: Carl Stumpf und der Interferenzapparat. In W. Auhagen, W. Hirschmann, & T. Mäkelä (Eds.), Musikwissenschaft 1900-1930: Zur Institutionalisierung und Legitimierung einer jungen akademischen Disziplin (pp. 73-90). Hildesheim, Zürich, New York: Georg Olms Verlag.
  • Kursell, J. J. E. (2017). Notenlesen. In F. Balke, & R. Gaderer (Eds.), Medienphilologie: Konturen eines Paradigmas (pp. 172–195). Göttingen: Wallstein.

2016

  • Kursell, J. (2016). Experimentalisierung des Hörens: Musik und Medien um 1900. In M. Saxer (Ed.), Spiel (mit) der Maschine: musikalische Medienpraxis in der Frühzeit von Phonographie, Reproduktionsklavier, Film und Radio (pp. 29-50). (Musik und Klangkultur; No. 11). Bielefeld: Transcript. DOI: 10.14361/9783839430361-003  [details] 

2014

  • Kursell, J. (2014). Carl Stumpfs Versuche mit Unmusikalischen = Carl Stumpf's Experiments with the Nonmusical. Trajekte, 29, 43-47. [details] 
  • Kursell, J., Azzouni, S., Brandt, C., Gausemeier, B., Schmidgen, H., & Wittmann, B. (2014). Eine Naturgeschichte für das 21. Jahrhundert Hommage à / zu Ehren von / in Honor of Hans-Jörg Rheinberger. Berlin: Alpheus Verlag.

2016

2015

  • Kursell, J. (2015). [Review of: V. Smyrek (2013) Die Geschichte des Tonmischpults: die technische Entwicklung der Mischpulte und der Wandel der medialen Produktionsverfahren im Tonstudio von den 1920er-Jahren bis heute]. Isis, 102(2), 491-492. DOI: 10.1086/682813  [details] 

Book editor

  • Kursell, J. J. E., & Netzwerk "Hör-Wissen im Wandel" (Eds.) (2017). Wissensgeschichte des Hörens in der Moderne. De Gruyter.
  • Hui, A., Kursell, J., & Jackson, M. W. (2013). Music, sound, and the laboratory from 1750 - 1980. (Osiris; No. 28). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Journal editor

  • Bod, L.W.M. (editor), Kursell, Julia (editor), Maat, J. (editor) & Weststeijn, M.A. (editor) (2016-): History of Humanities (Journal).

Others

  • Holzapfel, Andre (organiser), van Kranenburg, Peter (organiser), Kursell, Julia (organiser) & Volk, Anja (organiser) (2017): Computational Ethnomusicology (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Dupré, S.G.M. (organiser), Harris, Anna (organiser), Kursell, Julia (organiser), Lulof, P.S. (organiser) & Stols-Witlox, M.J.N. (organiser) (2017): Lorentz Workshop Re-enactment, Replication, Reconstruction (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Stols-Witlox, Maartje (organiser), Lulof, P.S. (organiser), Dupré, S.G.M. (organiser), Kursell, J.J.E. (organiser) & Harris, Anna (organiser) (12-6-2017 - 16-6-2017): Re-enactment, Replication, Reconstruction (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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