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Dr Rim Irscheid

Dr Rim Irscheid

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research interests

  • Music

Pronouns

She/they

Biography

Dr Rim Irscheid is a postdoctoral researcher and curator working on the intersection of curatorial activism, diaspora music-making, and cultural policy across Lebanon and Germany. She is currently a Research Associate in the field of curation on the UKRI project 'Beyond 1932: Rethinking Musical Modernity in the Middle East and North Africa'. Since 2019, she organises installations, performances and panel discussions for the annual Planet Ears symposium for contemporary global culture in Mannheim, Germany.

Irscheid's doctoral research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council via the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, with additional support from the British Forum for Ethnomusicology. She holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology & Curatorial Practice from King's College London, a Master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Oxford and a joint honours BA in Musicology and Psychology from the University of Heidelberg.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Free Improvised Music
  • Intermedia Art
  • Curatorial Critique
  • Sound Studies
  • Diaspora and Migration
  • Critical Theory

Expertise and public engagement

Since 2019, Irscheid curates a public platform for exchanges between diaspora musicians, researchers and creative industry workers at Planet Ears Festival for Contemporary Global Cultures in Mannheim, Germany. She also regularly appears on radio shows and podcasts to speak about the working conditions and discourse around migrantised musicians working in Germany. With a keen interest in cultural policy, she advises institutions and funding juries on diversity-sensitive principles of curation that bring greater visibility to experimental sound and image outside orientalist narratives surrounding Arab musicians.

Selected publications

    Research

    Beyond 1932
    Beyond 1932 : Rethinking Musical Modernity in the Middle East and North Africa (1932 MUSCON)

    Investigating the 1932 Cairo Arab Music Congress.

    Project status: Ongoing

      Research

      Beyond 1932
      Beyond 1932 : Rethinking Musical Modernity in the Middle East and North Africa (1932 MUSCON)

      Investigating the 1932 Cairo Arab Music Congress.

      Project status: Ongoing