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Carmel Raz

Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Fellow, Society of Fellows, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (2015–2018)

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Carmel Raz is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows and a Lecturer in Music at Columbia University. She received her PhD in music theory from Yale in 2015, and holds a Masters degree in composition from the University of Chicago and a Diplom in violin performance from the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. Her research interests focus on the music and neural science of the early Romantic period, in particular the influence of different theories of cognition on musical works, instrument design, and aesthetics. She is also interested in eighteenth-century theories of attention, music theory in the Scottish Enlightenment, and the interaction between philosophical conceptions of volition and musical performance. Her academic work has been recognized and supported by the Theron Rockwell Field Dissertation Prize, a Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, a Mellon Graduate Achievement Award, and the Baden Württemberg Stiftung. Her book Sound and Sense in British Romanticism as published by Cambridge University Press in August 2023.

She has published articles in 19th-Century Music, Laboratoire italien, Current Musicology, the Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, and the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies. Her chapters have appeared or are forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century Opera and the Scientific Imagination, The Power of Music: Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Music, Emotions and Wellbeing, and Al-Andalus and its Jewish Diasporas: Musical Exodus. Starting in July 2018, she will be a Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, leading a group entitled “Histories and Practices of Musical Cognition.” As of summer 2024, she is starting as a tenure track assistant professor of music at Cornell University.