Vienna’s music university gives degrees in gender studiesNews
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The University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW) is granting an honorary doctorate to Evelyn Torton Beck, ‘a pioneer in women’s and gender studies’ who lives in Washington DC. MDW, a world-leader music and theatre conservatoire, now has a Gender Studies institute. Why does a conservatory need such a faculty? Has ideology triumphed over music and musicology?
The Rector, Ulrike Sych, has devised a programme called ’50/50 in 2030′ to achieve 50-50 male-female equal numbers in student enrolment. To launch the programme she invited Marin Alsop to give a masterclass only for female students of the Institute für Musikleitung. The Rektorin is a gender activist. Music, in these circumstances, must take second place.