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Research group LABO XIX&XX focuses on music culture in Antwerp, and by extension in Belgium. The abundant music archive in the Royal Conservatoire’s library forms an important source of inspiration for research projects. Through a variety of subjects, ranging from 17th century Christmas carols to jazz in the harbour docks of Antwerp, LABO XIX&XX enters into a dynamic dialogue with a continuously evolving history. The research group takes a multi- and interdisciplinary perspective, seeking the intersections between musicology, literature, theatre studies, music analysis, performance practice, and archive and library studies. This results in a fresh look on the past, improved knowledge, and plenty unexplored repertoire to be newly interpreted in a proper context.

Focus: Stage culture in Antwerp and Belgium. Music archive in context.

Team: Hannah Aelvoet (chairwoman), Pauline Lebbe (coordinator), Jan Dewilde, Piet Stryckers, David Vergauwen, Eline Jans, Philippe Cortens, Simon De Paepe, Ann Cnop, Bram Fournier, Stijn Saveniers, Nicholas Cornia and Anne Pustlauk

Contact: Pauline Lebbe -