nordic music politics

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

Conference 26-27 March 2019 – „Music in the Reichskommissariat“

For the first time Norway’s music life during the years of Nazi-Germany’s occupation (1940-45) will be featured by an international and interdisciplinary conference, covering the full spectrum of persecution, collaboration and resistance. Based on new archival findings leading scholars from Austria, Germany and Norway will present and discuss 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.

The conference is open to the public (please register by mail to, the main conference language is English.

Date: 26-27 March 2019

Place: Alexander-von Humboldt-Haus, Hüfferstr. 61, 48149 Münster

Host: Prof. Dr. Michael Custodis – Institute for Musicology, WWU Münster, in cooperation with Ass. Prof. Dr. Arnulf Mattes – Centre for Grieg Research, University of Bergen