UCL European Institute


Song in Society

8 May 2024

New SELCS undergraduate module coming out of UCL Music Futures

Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)

Academics in UCL's School of European Languages, Cuture and Society have been inspired by discussions and collaborations fostered by the IAS and the European Institute’s joint initiative ‘Music Futures’ to create a new final-year undergraduate module on ‘Song in Society’

The module is convened by Annika Lindskog, a specialist in Scandinavian languages and cultures, who has been leading a ‘Music Futures’ project on ‘Listening to Geography: Cultural Situatedness in Nordic and British Songs’. Read about her fabulous related conversation-recitals in May 2024 here, and in June 2022 here.

The module will be team-taught, including contributions from Christina Anderson, Jeff Bowersox, Jane Gilbert, Jennifer Rushworth, and Lisa Sampson. The module will investigate song as a multilingual, cross-temporal phenomenon that mirrors broader socio-political issues. It will introduce students to different repertories of song from different periods, places, and languages and provide them with different methodological tools for analysing song and its connections to society.

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UCL Music Futures

Music Futures is an initiative dedicated to thinking, writing and performing music, jointly hosted by the UCL European Institute and the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, with support from UCL Grand Challenges. It has included a bespoke website, calls for proposals in 2021-22 and 2022-23, and a Music Futures Festival in June 2022. 

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Image: composer Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)