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Research Network for Transcultural Practices in the Arts and Humanities

Dr. Lisa Gaupp

Dr. Lisa Gaupp, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization

Institutional affiliation:

- M. A. in Applied Cultural Studies, Leuphana University of Lueneburg

- Dr. phil. in (Ethno-)Musicology, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Study

Center for World Music (Prof. Dr. Raimund Vogels)

- Research Assistant, Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization (Prof. Dr. Volker

Kirchberg), Leuphana University of Lueneburg

Short CV:

Dr. Lisa Gaupp studied cultural studies, intercultural & international studies and

ethnomusicology at the universities of Lüneburg, Barcelona and Hanover as a fellow of the

German National Academic Foundation. Her doctoral thesis focuses on mechanism of

“othering” in “intercultural” policies in the field of music

(Open Access: https://www.uni-hildesheim.de/bibliothek/publizieren/open-accessuniversitaetsverlag/


In her postdoc research she analyzes curatorial strategies regarding cultural diversity at

transnational Performing Arts festivals. Lisa Gaupp lived in the USA, Haiti, Guatemala and

Spain and was the Executive Manager of the 2009 Hannover International Violin

Competition (Stiftung Niedersachsen).


The title of proposed presentation:

Transcultural Arts Education – Curating Diversity at Transnational Arts Festivals


The planned paper takes a look at how different notions of diversity are curated at

renowned trans-/international arts festivals while analyzing the respective meanings of

diversity. The focus will be set on curatorial strategies as discursive social practices, which

(de-)construct identities, symbols and relations. ‚The curatorial’ therefore is understood as a

complex field in the arts of different intermingling practices, persons and institutions where

dominant ideologies, terminologies, habits etc. are (re-)produced.

The presented case studies serve as a basis to ask how, in general, trans-/international arts

festivals are curated in regard to which concepts of culture and which institutional or social

assumptions are applied and by that reinforced. Likewise, the epistemological foundations of

these concepts will be shown in order to demonstrate how a ‚transcultural’ perspective can

reveal an alternative view in curatorial practices. The analysis leads to the conclusion that

arts education teaching about these concepts should and need to adapt to the realities of

today’s post-migrant social processes. Thus, the possibilities of a transcultural arts education

rather than of an international arts education will be sketched.