Choral societies

Between 17 and 19 February 2011, NISE and SPIN (Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms) cojointly organised Choral societies and nationalist mobilization in nineteenth-century Europe. This workshop was held in the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (Faculty of the Artesis University College) and was made possible with the additional support of ADVN, Koor&Stem, research unit Political History (Department of History, Antwerp University) and University of Amsterdam.

After a choral performance of a selection of patriotic nineteenth-century songs on the opening night, specialised historians and musicologists from all over Europe analysed the phenomenon of choral movements and their nationalist aspirations into great detail. It was the first time that a comparative approach of this theme was undertaken.

The program listed different sessions, during which both the cultural transfers and the parallel developments were investigated. Debates based on precirculated papers generated new insights in the dynamics of the social en political function of music. The workshop followed the formula of a masterclass, with restricted participation only.

Conference manager was Andreas Stynen (

Papers and debates will result in a publication, edited by SPIN.