Welcome to the online platform and blog of the ERC Starting Grant Project Going Viral. Music and Emotions during Pandemics (1679-1919) that started on 1 September 2022 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw). The project examines the connections of music, emotions and pandemics in history from a wide range of disciplines, including both the humanities and the social and natural sciences. Thus, this blog aims to attract an equally widely interested audience and hopes to provide deeper discussions and insights into questions that many of us have asked ourselves in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic that has shaped our lives for much too long.
To narrow them down to just a few: What role has music had in the emotional landscapes of pandemics? Has this always been the same? And finally, can knowledge about musical-emotional dimensions of past pandemics help to shed new light on our experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the other way around?
The purpose of this blog is to share the project’s research findings, inform about events, publications, talks and other dissemination projects. It will also contain book reviews and short opinion pieces that are linked to the topic of the project. It targets both academic and public audiences who are interested in the historical interrelation between music, emotions and pandemics, in the historiography of music and emotions and in how to approach it conceptually, theoretically and methodologically. It is also meant to provide a platform for collecting, presenting and informing on further research on related issues as well as a reference point for researchers who are looking for an introduction into the study of music and emotions, and in particular in times of health crises.