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POSTPONED - Visiting Scholar - Prof. Antonio Baldassarre


Salomania in Nineteenth-Century Western Visual Culture

Start Date

28th Sep 2016 5:30pm

End Date

28th Sep 2016 6:30pm


Room 113, Conservatorium of Music; 5 Sandy Bay Road, Hobart

We wish to advise that due to circumstances beyond our control, Prof. Antonio Baldassarre is unable to join us to present his scheduled public lectures at the University of Tasmania. We are currently in negotiations with Prof. Baldassarre for the public lectures to be presented at a later date. We will advise details once known.

The University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music in association with the Tasmanian Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia


Salomania in Nineteenth-Century Western Visual Culture

a public lecture by Prof. Antonio Baldassarre

5.30pm - 6.30pm | Wednesday 28 September 2016
Room 113, Conservatorium of Music
5 Sandy Bay Road, Hobart


About this public lecture:
Dance and music, as two of the most expressive signifiers of femininity in the European history of ideas, are crucial to understanding the narrative structure of the story of the beheading of John the Baptist as told in the Gospel of Mark (Mark 6:14-29). This narrative unfolds as a parable with a strong Oriental-Hellenic flavour. Its core context is the challenge to the male worldly order by the female. This lecture explores the multiple and intricate transformations the story underwent in European culture, with a special emphasis on nineteenth-century Salomania, and the function of dance and music within this process. All these transformations first and foremost are variations of the male imago of an Oriental-Jewish woman who threatens the male order of life with her dancing, and thus amalgamates the outwardly contradictory elements of “dance”, “music” and “violence.” This complex interplay was essential for the fascination that Salome exposed in nineteenth-century visual culture, and which eventually made her the epitome of the femme fatale, desired and vilified simultaneously. The lecture will explore the proposition that both the nineteenth-century fascination for Salome, and the concept of Salome as femme fatale, are closely but not exclusively linked to nineteenth-century Orientalism, taking into account that Salome is a cultural product and daughter of her many fathers’ imaginations.

Antonio Baldassarre is Professor and Head of Research and Development of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Music, and is appointed Guest Professor at the Facultad de Música of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and PhD Advisor at Boston University. He is a board member of numerous national and international scientific and learned societies, including his role as President of Association Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM) and as Member of the Directorium of the International Musicological Society. He holds a PhD from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and has held research and teaching positions as Research Fellow, Lecturer and Visiting Professor at the Research Center for Music Iconography, the universities of Basel and Zurich, the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade, and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He has extensively researched and published on topics of music history from those of the Renaissance to contemporary music, music iconography, visual culture, performing studies, music historiography and the social and cultural history of music.