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Research interests

Florian's research focuses on music and migration, especially the displacement of European musics and musicians caused by the catastrophes that characterise the 20th century. He has published on migratory musics in all its forms, from functional to popular to art musics.

His book, Musical Journeys: Performing Migration in 20th-century Music explores concepts of migratory musical culture and aesthetics and links these to wider socio-cultural backgrounds. Zooming in on specific migratory moments, it tackles themes such as institutionalization, nationalism, displacement, modernism, and Jewishness, and uncovers the potential of seemingly marginalized migratory musics to inform dominant historiographical narratives. Musical Journeys received the inaugural Royal Musical Association/Cambridge University Press Monograph Prize 2020.

His book, Music and Displacement: Diasporas, Mobilities and Dislocations in Europe and Beyond, co-edited with Erik Levi and named Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, explores the significance of displacement for musical landscapes and music history from a wide variety of angles and case studies, incorporating art, popular, folk, and jazz music and interacting with areas such as gender and post-colonial studies, critical theory, migration, and diaspora.

External positions

Co-Editor, Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Migration Mobilities Bristol


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