Mario Dunkel appointed
Prof. Dr. Mario Dunkel, previously a junior professor at the Institute of Music, has been appointed Professor of Music Education with a Focus on Transcultural Music Education. Before coming to Oldenburg Dunkel was a research associate at the Institute for Music and Musicology at TU Dortmund University.
Dunkel earned a teaching degree in English and music at TU Dortmund. His studies included two extended stays at universities in the USA. In his dissertation in American Studies, completed in 2014, he examined the construction of jazz history between 1917 and 1956. Dunkel's main area of research is cultural and musicological aspects of jazz and popular music as well as the political dimension of music and music education. He is exploring possibilities for diversity-sensitive music teaching and has investigated music diplomacy during the Cold War, the role of jazz musician Charles Mingus in the US civil rights movement and the connection between popular music and populism, among other topics.