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Popakademie Talks: Music and environment

06. October 2022

This winter semester, the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg is once again offering exciting insights into current topics with its "Popakademie Talks" talk series. The latest editions will take place from October to December under the heading "Music and Environment - Influence of the Environment on Musical Processes". The guests are Prof. Dr. Maria Sonevytsky, Julia Nagele and Fine Stammnitz.

At the "Popakademie Talks" talk series initiated in 2021, guests from the music and culture sectors speak on various current topics. The talks are open to the public, and online participation is usually possible. The talks are moderated by Prof. Dr. David-Emil Wickström, program director for the Pop Music Design B.A. and World Music B.A. programs.

In the winter semester 2022/2023, the Popakademie Talks will deal with the topic "Music and Environment - Influences of the Environment on Musical Processes".

Prof. Dr. Maria Sonevytsky will kick things off on Tuesday, October 11. She is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Music at Bard College, Lewis Lockwood Award-winning author, and founder of the "Chornobyl Songs Project: Living Culture from a Lost World." Prof. Dr. Sonevytsky will speak about the impending extinction of Ukrainian musical culture due to nuclear threats in her lecture "IRRADIATED FOLKLORE: Chornobyl Songs and the Nuclear Threat to Ukrainian Culture."

Musician Julia "Jules" Nagele (listentojules) is involved in "Music Declares Emergency" (Germany), as a project leader of musicBWwomen* and in the committee of MusicWomen*Germany. On November 8, she will report on her musical engagement with the issues of climate crisis and environmental protection as well as her activities with Music Declares Emergency.

Fine Stammnitz will talk about "Environmental Protection in the Music Industry" on December 6. After completing her bachelor's degree in music business at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, she dealt intensively with this topic as part of a scientific thesis. As founder and director of the Green Touring Network, co-founder of Music Declares Emergency in Germany and part of the Aktionsnetzwerk Nachhaltigkeit, she works in various projects to activate the potential of the music industry to make an active contribution to the fight for climate justice.

Registration for Popakademie Talks and current dates can be found here: