Editor in chief: Prof Dr Birgit Abels, Department of Musicology, Georg-August-University Göttingen (GER)
Birgit Abels is professor of cultural musicology at Georg-August-University Göttingen (Germany). Her personal research interests include neo-phenomenological and Pacific Indigenous approaches to the performing arts as well as music-making as an epistemological practice. The geographic foci of her research are the Pacific Ocean (particularly Micronesia), North India, and the Southeast Asian Island world. Her books include Sounds of Articulating Identity. Tradition and Transition in the Music of Palau, Micronesia (2008), which was recognized with the ICAS Book Prize (PhD) 2009, The Harmonium in North Indian Music (2010), and Music Worlding in Palau. Chanting, Atmospheres, and Meaningfulness (2022). She is the Principal Investigator of the ERC Consolidator project Sound Knowledge. Alternative Epistemologies of Music in the Western Pacific Island World and full member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Lower Saxony.
Co-editor: Dr Barbara Titus, University of Amsterdam (NL)
Dr Barbara Titus studied musicology at Utrecht University and gained her doctorate from Oxford University in the United Kingdom with a dissertation entitled ‘Conceptualizing music: Friedrich Theodor Vischer and Hegelian currents in German music criticism, 1848-1871.’ (Leuven University Press 2016). In 2013, she was appointed associate professor of cultural musicology at the University of Amsterdam. During two extensive field trips for her research into maskanda in 2008 and 2009, she was a visiting professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.