Janine Wiesecke


Research Focus

  • Music culture of early modern England
  • history of music listening
  • music aesthetics
  • soundscapes
  • methods of verbalizing music-related experiences
  • ways of including empirical methods in historical research



Academic Education

Since 11/2011PhD candidate at the University of Potsdam, Music Department
10/2010Magister Artium (M.A. equivalent) in Musicology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with a thesis on amateur music making during the English restoration period
2004–2010Musicology and Media Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Royal Holloway (University of London)


Since 10/2013Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Music Department
12/2012–09/2013Research Assistant, University of Potsdam, Music Department
08/2011–11/2012Researcher, University of Potsdam, Music Department


Conference Papers 

»Pepys listens to music at the theatre: tracking changes in the verbalization of experience«
Conference: Listening to music: people, practices and experiences. A conference organised by the Listening Experience Database Project, 24–25 October 2015, Royal College of Music, London, UK

»Qualitative Inhaltsanalyse in der historischen Forschung. Pro und Contra am Beispiel von Tagebucheinträgen des 17. Jahrhunderts«
(»Qualitative content analysis in historical research. Pros and Cons using the example of diary entries from the 17th century«)
Conference: Annual Meeting of the German Society for Music Research, 29 September –  2 October 2015, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

»›To All Lovers & Practitioners of Musick‹: Musikdrucke und deren Bezug zu englischen Hörern im 17. Jahrhundert«
(»Music prints and their link to English listeners in the 17th century«)
Conference: Annual Meeting of the German Society for Music Research, 17–20 September 2014, Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald, Germany

»Music Listening Behind Closed Doors – and what Pepys, Evelyn and Wood had to say about it«
Conference: 16th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, 10–13 July 2014, Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria

»Music Listening in Early Modern London: Urban Musical Soundscapes from the Perspective of Wood, Evelyn and Pepys«
Conference: Early Modern Soundscapes. An interdisciplinary Symposium, 24–25 April 2014, Bangor University, UK

»Amateur Music Making in London during the Restoration«
Location: Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, April 2011


  • Lexicon of Writings on Music

    While lexicons of relevant texts have long been available in many disciplines, such tools are missing for the large range of writings on music. This is despite the fact that alongside compositions and musical practices themselves, texts about ...