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Rim Irscheid

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  • Research Associate (Curation of New Music in MENA Region), Music

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    Biographical details

    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.


    Her 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.

    Please see Dr Irscheid's PhD thesis here

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    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, 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
    • Ethnography
    • music and race
    • Performance Studies
    • improvisation
    • experimental music
    • mixed media
    • GN Anthropology
    • diaspora studies
    • social anthropology
    • migration
    • citizenship
    • affect
    • HT Communities. Classes. Races
    • critical race studies
    • critical theory
    • Class relations
    • Lebanon, Iran, Syria