Dr. Alexander Wilfing

Research Focus

  • Methodology of Musicology
  • Musical aesthetics
  • Musical criticism
  • Music and emotion
  • Austrian Studies

Vita

Academic Eduacation

2010–2016Doctorate at the University of Vienna (Eduard Hanslick’s Reception in English-Language Discourse)
2004–2010Magister Artium in Musicology and Philosophy at the University of Vienna

Career

2021–2023Principal Investigator at Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Masaryk University, and the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
2017–2021Postdoc researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute of History of Art and Musicology and Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
2017Postdoc-Track-Program by the Austrian Academy of Sciences and part-time lecturer (Department of Musicology, University of Vienna)
2014–2017

Doctoral researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute of History of Art and Musicology

2012–2013part-time lecturer (Department of Musicology, University of Vienna)

Publications

Monographs

Wilfing, A. (2019). Re-Reading Hanslick’s Aesthetics: Die Rezeption Eduard Hanslicks im englischen Sprachraum und ihre diskursiven Grundlagen. Wien: Hollitzer. https://e-book.fwf.ac.at/o:1277.

Edited Books

Wilfing, A., Landerer C. & Wilfing-Albrecht, M. (Eds.) (2020). Hanslick im Kontext: Perspektiven auf die Ästhetik, Musikkritik und das historische Umfeld von Eduard Hanslick / Hanslick in Context: Perspectives on the Aesthetics, Musical Criticism, and Historical Setting of Eduard Hanslick. Wien: Hollitzer.

Articles and Chapters (selected)

Wilfing, A. (2020). Hanslick’s Kantianism? Johann Heinrich Dambeck, Christian Friedrich Michaelis, and Hans Georg Nägeli. In A. Wilfing, C. Landerer, & M. Wilfing-Albrecht (Eds.), Hanslickim Kontext: Perspektiven auf die Ästhetik, Musikkritik und das historische Umfeld von Eduard Hanslick / Hanslick in Context: Perspectives on the Aesthetics, Musical Criticism, and Historical Setting of Eduard Hanslick (pp. 61–86). Wien: Hollitzer.

Wilfing, A. (2019). “Absolute” Aesthetics in Context: The Sociopolitical Fundamentals of Eduard Hanslick’s Scholarly Activities; Towards a Cultural Turn in Hanslick Scholarship. International Review for the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 50 (1–2), 179–90.

Wilfing, A. & Landerer, C. (2019). Eduard Hanslick. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. https://www.iep.utm.edu/hanslick/.

Wilfing, A. (2018). Autonomania und Ideology of Autonomy: Die Autonomie-Diskussion in der analytischen Musikästhetik und der New Musicology. In N. Urbanek & M. Wald-Fuhrmann (Eds.), Von der Autonomie des Klangs zur Heteronomie der Musik: Musikwissenschaftliche Antworten auf Musikphilosophie (pp. 179–210). Stuttgart: Metzler.

Landerer, C. & Wilfing, A. (2018). Eduard Hanslick’s Vom Musikalisch-Schönen: Text, Contexts, and Their Developmental Dimensions; Towards a Dynamic View of Hanslick’s Aesthetics. Musicologica Austriaca: Journal for Austrian Music Studies. http://www.musau.org/parts/neue-article-page/view/51.

Wilfing, A. (2018). Hanslick, Kant, and the Origins of Vom Musikalisch-Schönen. Musicologica Austriaca: Journal for Austrian Music Studies. http://www.musau.org/parts/neue-article-page/view/47.

Wilfing, A. & Landerer, C. (2017). Eduard Hanslick und der Hegelianismus. Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft 62 (2), 307–328. https://doi.org/10.28937/1000108018.

Wilfing, A. (2016). Hermeneutik, Interpretation, Rezeption: Friedenstag von Richard Strauss – Ein nazistisches Bühnenstück? In G. Gruber & O. Panagl (Eds.), Mythos – Metamorphosen – Metaphysik (pp. 167–88). Heidelberg: Winter.

Wilfing, A. (2016). Tonally Moving Forms: Peter Kivy and Eduard Hanslick’s “Enhanced Formalism.” Principia:prismakoncepcyjne z filozofii i socjologii teoretycznej 63, 5–35. http://www.ejournals.eu/Principia/2016/Tom-63-2016/art/9686/.

Awards & Grants

Awards & Grants (selected)

2021–2023Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship, funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF (J4529)
2020Advisory board member of the Institute of Austrian and German Music Research (Surrey, ongoing)
2020

Participant in the Mentoring Programme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

2018editor-in-chief of Musicologica Austriaca: Journal for Austrian Music Studies (ongoing)
2018Award for the best dissertation of 2015 and 2016 by the “Verein der Freunde des Instituts für Musikwissenschaft der Universität Wien”
2017Postdoc-Track-Program by the Austrian Academy of Sciences
2014Doctoral scholarship by the University of Vienna

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