The Swiss Musicological Society: Diplomacy, Neutrality and Understatement

Urchueguía, Cristina (23 November 2018). The Swiss Musicological Society: Diplomacy, Neutrality and Understatement (Unpublished). In: KVNM Conference: Musicological Societies as Intermediaries between Society, Musical LIfe and Academia. Utrecht, Niederlande. 22.-24.11.2018.

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The Swiss Musicological Society (Schweizerische Musikforschende Gesellschaft, SMG) has been active since 1899. Although it is a tiny society it could exert influence on international musicological movements because of Switzerland's neutrality since the Viennese Congress 1815. Particularly the position of Switzerland in both World Wars in the 20th century made it possible for the SMG to foster international networks in the aftermath of the wars. On the one hand members were always aware of the diplomatic implications of their scholarly networks, on the other hand they tried not to compromise themselves politically. The commitment of the SMG will be discussed taking into account that Swiss music history itself has never been on the spot of the big narratives of music historiography.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Musicology

UniBE Contributor:

Urchueguía, Cristina


700 Arts > 780 Music
900 History > 940 History of Europe




Maria Cristina Urchueguía

Date Deposited:

21 Jan 2019 12:31

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:23

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Musicology, Scientific Societies, Switzerland


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