Dieter Christensen

Professor Emeritus of Music (Ethnomusicology)

Columbia University

Columbia Office:
Department of Music MC1815
621 Dodge
Columbia University

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tel. (212) 854-3825; fax (212) 854-8191

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12047 Berlin-Neukoelln


1950-53 Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Berlin/Germany.
Violoncello; diploma
1953-57 Freie Universität
Berlin. Musicology (comparative musicology and historical musicology) and Anthropology;
Ph.D. (magna cum laude); Influential teachers: Kurt Reinhard, H.H. Dräger (musicology); Richard Thurnwald, S. Westphal-Hellbusch (anthropology)

Academic Positions:
1958-71 Consecutively Research Assistant, Assistant Curator, Curator, Director (from 1986), Dept. of Ethnomusicology = Berlin Phonogram Archives, Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin
1962-70 Adjunct Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter) in Anthropology and Ethnomusicology, Freie Universität Berlin
1970-71 Visiting Associate Professor of Music and Director, Field School in Turkey, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
1970-71 Visiting Associate Professor of Music, Columbia University
1971-75 Associate Professor of Music and Director, Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia University
since 1975 Professor of Music and Director, Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia University
1970-2003 Director, Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia University (Curator, Laura Boulton Collection)
1975-85 Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Music Department, Columbia University
1977 Visiting Professor, University of Hamburg, Germany
1978-80 Adjunct Professor, Hunter College, City University of New York
1978-84 Secretary, Music Department, Columbia University

.Other Professional Offices:
1967-81 Councillor, Society for Ethnomusicology
1968-72 Chairman, Publications Committee, Society for Ethnomusicology
1969 Chairman, Programme Committee, Edinburgh Conference of the International Folk Music Council
1971-81 Executive Board, International Folk Music Council
1975 Chairman, Programme Committee, Regensburg Conference of the International Folk Music Council
1981 Chairman, Programme Committee, 1st ICTM Colloquium, Kolobrzeg, Poland
1981-1992, 1995-2001 Executive Board, International Council for Traditional Music
1981- 2001 Secretary General, International Council for Traditional Music
1982-93 Board of Directors, UNESCO project "The Universe of Music- A History"
1983- Executive Committee, UNESCO Territorial Survey of Oceanic Musics
1988- Councillor, Borbad Foundation, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan
1990-1992 Adviser, Oman Centre for Traditional Music, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
1991- Advisory Board, Jaap Kunst Foundation - Amsterdam
1995- Editorial Board, Ethnomusicology Online

Editorial Work:
1968-71 Editor, Klangdokumente zur Musikwissenschaft. Museum für Völkerkunde Berlin
1968-77 Co-Editor (with Klaus P. Wachsmann and H.P.Reinecke), Horn- bostel Opera Omnia.
Den Haag: Gruyter
1972-77 Book Review Editor, Ethnomusicology
1975 Co-Editor (with Adelaida Reyes Schramm), Working Papers of 23rd Conference, International Folk Music Council, Regensburg 1975. Nos.1-6
1981-96 Editor, Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music
1982-2001 Editor, Yearbook for Traditional Music
1994-2001 Editor, UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music (Paris)
2001-2003 Co-Editor, World of Music

Field Work:
1955 Northern Norway: Lapps (Same); Turkey: Southern Anatolia
1956 Makedonia
1957 Hercegovina: Gabela
1958 Turkey: Hakkari Kurds
1960 Bosnia
1962 Bosnia, Hercegovina; Western Iran (Kurds, Lurs, Bakhtiyari)
1965 Turkey: Hakkari Kurds
1965-67 Mexico: Estado de Puebla
1968 Hercegovina: Gabela
1970 Turkey: Central Anatolia
1972, 1974 Hercegovina: Gabela
1985 Sultanate of Oman: Sohar
1990 Sultanate of Oman: Sohar
1991 Sultanate of Oman: Sur, Nizwa, Dhofar
1992 Sultanate of Oman: Sohar

2004 Turkey

2005 Sultanate of Oman

2006 Sultanate of Oman, Turkey

2007 - - Kurdish diaspora in Berlin, Germany

August 2010 - move to Berlin, Germany, to concentrate on Kurdish research incl. Kurdish diaspora in Europe


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