Rim Irscheid


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Music
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Biographical details

Rim Irscheid is an ethnomusicologist and curator working on contemporary and experimental practices in the Middle East and its diasporas. Her postgraduate research is 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 Master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Oxford and a joint honours BA in Musicology and Psychology from the University of Heidelberg.

Contact: rim.irscheid@kcl.ac.uk

Research interests

Rim Irscheid is a doctoral candidate in the Music Department at King's College London working on experimental music, curatorial discourse, and the cultural policies of 'world music' festivals in Europe. Combining ethnographic research, policy-in-practice, and curatorial theory, her PhD is looking at the social and cultural implications of musical collaborations across Beirut, Berlin, and Mannheim.

The project aims to find out how artists in emerging cross-border networks produce, showcase, and experience experimental music in places that facilitate and amplify affective encounters between artists and curators with shared beliefs and value systems marked by antagonism against narrational strategies of 'world music' productions at European festival sites.

Focusing specifically on representations of difference, movement, and uncertainty in collaborative music projects, this project aims to shed light on the significant role of mediated audience engagement and the sonic reclaiming of physical and digital spaces as a pedagogical tool to contest 'world music' narratives. This includes the textual analysis of images and video material used in the marketing of these projects with regard to cultural representations of Arab musicianship in German media texts.  

Education/Academic qualification

Ethnomusicology, Master of Studies, Franco-Arabic acid house and cross-cultural music production, University of Oxford

Oct 2017Jul 2018

Award Date: 18 Jul 2018

Musicology (major), Psychology (minor), Bachelor of Arts, Reinventing the Concept of Cultural Identity in Contemporary Arabic Music Tradition and Transnationality in the Music of Yasmine Hamdan and Soap Kills, Heidelberg University

Oct 2013Jun 2017

Award Date: 28 Jun 2017


  • M Music
  • world music
  • cultural industries
  • festivals
  • improvisation
  • collaborative practices
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • migration
  • anthropology
  • middle east
  • interculture
  • ethnography
  • diaspora studies
  • communication
  • cultural production
  • cultural policy


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