Daniel Jütte is a historian of early modern and modern Europe. He is currently a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. He previously worked and taught at the Department of History at the University of Heidelberg, from which he earned his Ph.D. in 2010. He has been a recipient of various fellowships, including from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung), the Leo Baeck Institute New York, and the Daimler Benz Foundation. He has also been named an Honorary Starr Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Jewish Studies (2013).
Jews, Music, and Society. A Study in the Social and Cultural History of Music (1750–1900)
My project Jews, Music, and Society. A Study in the Social and Cultural History of Music (1750–1900) is an attempt to offer a fuller understanding and, to some extent, a reinterpretation of modern Jewish history through the lens of music history. By studying the practice and notion of music among Jews in Central Europe, especially Germany and Austria, I hope to introduce new perspectives on the process of Jewish embourgeoisement and acculturation. In other words, the project does not deal with the “contribution” of Jews to music, but rather with the contribution of music to the making and transformation of modern European Jewry.