nordic music politics

“Nordic Music“ – Resistance, Persecution, Collaboration, and Reintegration in Norway’s Music Life 1930-1960.


“Nordic Music Politics“ is an international research project located at the Institute for musicology, University of Muenster, and funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). In cooperation with Ass.-Prof. Arnulf Mattes (Grieg-Center Bergen) Prof. Michael Custodis and his colleagues  examine the complex dimensions of Norwegian music life during the German Occupation 1940-45.

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In March 2018 NORDIC MUSIC POLITICS hosted the international conference „The Nordic Ingredient“ at the Grieg-Research-Center in Bergen. The proceedings were published at Waxmann Verlag Münster and can be found open access here.

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For the first time Norway’s music life during the years of Nazi-Germany’s occupation (1940-45) was featured by an international and interdisciplinary conference, 26-27 March 2019 in Münster, covering the full spectrum of persecution, collaboration and resistance. Based on new archival findings leading scholars from Austria, Germany and Norway presented and discussed numerous case studies, for example about Nazi-cultural politics for the Nordic “Brudervolk”, troop entertainment and military music, the ideological “Gleichschaltung” of Norwegian institutions, unknown and controversial biographies, resistance work of Norwegian artists in their Stockholm exile, and prestigious projects of German-Norwegian cultural propaganda. Some more impressions can be found here.