University of Cambridge
Dalck and Rose Feith Family Fellowship

Research Topic

Communist Jews and Jewish Memory in the Musical Culture of the German Democratic Republic


Golan Gur is an affiliated researcher and previously Newton International Fellow in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. He specializes in music aesthetics and social history of music, with a particular emphasis on nineteenth and twentieth-century German and German-Jewish musical culture. A native speaker of Hebrew, he has additional expertise in Jewish ethnomusicology and Israeli art and popular music. He studied musicology and music theory at Tel Aviv University and at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He completed his doctoral studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He taught at Tel Aviv University, at Humboldt University and at Berlin University of Arts. His first monograph Orakelnde Musik: Schönberg, der Fortschritt und die Avantgarde deals with Arnold Schoenberg and philosophical notions of historical progress in the compositional aesthetics of 20th-century avant-garde music. His current book-in-progress focuses on politically-committed composers and music scholars of Jewish descent who remigrated to East Germany (GDR) after 1945. His work at the center will expand the scope of the research to include musical and intellectual connections with émigré and American Jewish musicians and scholars of socialist leanings in the USA.



Asking if and how Jewish history, culture, and experience offered new paradigms with which to engage the politicaland, conversely, how mainstream political theories might expand Jewish studies in new and productive directions.