Marko Kölbl

Music and Racism

Marko Kölbl teaches the Global Conservatoire course

Music and Racism.


Dr. Marko Kölbl is an ethnomusicologist and singer working as a senior scientist at the Department of Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna – mdw. After studies in classical piano education, he wrote his PhD thesis on Burgenland-Croatian and Croatian laments (2017).

Dr. Kölbl is specialized in music and dance of minorities and migrant communities with an interest in intersectional, queer-feminist and postcolonial perspectives. He regularly conducts fieldwork with the Croatian minority in Burgenland/Austria, and has done field research in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2016 he conducts fieldwork with Afghan refugee communities in Vienna, as well as in Teheran and Mashad/Iran.

His teaching covers theoretical approaches, especially fieldwork methodologies, ethnomusicological transcription and analysis, music and forced migration, music, gender and sexuality as well as artistic courses on South Eastern European traditional vocal music.

Marko Kölbl is chair of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Gender and CORD member of the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology. He is a member of the international advisory board of the MMRC (Music and Minorities Research Center) and acts as review editor of the journal Music & Minorities. Dr. Kölbl is part of the leading team of mdw’s annual scholarly conference isaScience and has organized numerous scientific conferences in various parts of the world. He has published peer reviewed publications in international journals and book volumes. Together with Fritz Trümpi he recently edited the volume “Music and Democracy. Participatory Approaches” (mdwPress 2021).