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Buchcover "Facetten von Flucht aus dem Nahen und Mittleren Osten"Order publication

New Book Publication:

Facetten von Flucht aus dem Nahen und Mittleren Osten.

Edited by Susanne Binder & Gebhard Fartacek, 2017.
320 pages, paperback. ISBN 978-3-7089-1452-7

This reader contains first research results of the Phonogrammarchiv-project:
The personal backgrounds of and prospects for Syrian war refugees in Austria: an interview project

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-- online seit 22.3.2017 --



Indian Recordings (Exner 1904–05, Archive 1918)order CD

New publication in the series “The Complete Historical Collections 1899–1950”:

Series 15/1:
Indian Recordings (Exner 1904–05, Archive 1918)

Editors: Ulla Remmer, Christian Liebl, Gerda Lechleitner.
Comments and preparation of texts: Ulla Remmer.
OEAW PHA CD 38, 2016.

Series 15/1 of the Indian Recordings comprises two audio CDs with the oldest sound documents of Indian origin preserved in the Phonogrammarchiv; those dating from 1929 (Schomerus Collection) will be published as Series 15/2 in due course. The first of the two collections in the present edition was compiled by the meteorologist Felix Exner in the course of his research trip to India in 1904–05; its total of 68 recordings contain primarily samples of recitation of Sanskrit and Vedic literature, but also a few works in Malayalam, Telugu, Marathi, Hindustani and Tamil. In 1918, another eight recordings were made in the Phonogrammarchiv in Vienna; they feature Har Dayal and Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, two outstanding personalities in the anti-colonial movement of India, reciting literature in Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, Braj Bhasha and Awadhi.

With the present edition, the historical Indian holdings of the Phonogrammarchiv are for the first time made publicly audible. The enclosed documentation provides information about the context of the recordings and the texts chosen as well as about the Indian reciters and other persons or institutions involved.

Visit our Audio Publications site for a selection of sound samples from this publication..

-- online since December 22, 2016 --



Jahrbuch 6 des Phonogrammarchivs

“Old recordings in a new outfit”

Písně moravských Chorvatů

La Grande Bande, Praški fržoni

In 1910, the ethnologist František Pospíšil visited three villages in South Moravia, then still inhabited by a Croatian-speaking minority: Guttenfeld (Dobro Polje/Dobré Pole), Neu Prerau (Nova Prerava/ Nový Přerov) and Fröllersdorf (Frielištof/Frélichov). 106 years later, the recordings of songs and stories he had made with the Archiv-Phonograph were “rediscovered”. These historical recordings, preserved in the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, were released in 2009 as part of the CD edition The Complete Historical Collections1899–1950 (Series 11/1: Croatian Recordings 1901–1936). In order to remind the Croats of that time and their culture, the composer Matěj Kroupa “used” the old songs to create new versions.

-- online since April 12, 2016 --



Jahrbuch 6 des PhonogrammarchivsJahrbuch 6 bestellen

Hot from the press – Volume 6 of the Phonogrammarchiv’s Yearbook!

The Phonogrammarchiv collects, documents and preserves unique audio and video recordings which were created in the course of research, without disciplinary or regional restrictions, and serve as sources for further study. How do such recordings come about, and what does it mean to include them into the archival holdings? In order to shed more light on such questions, the central theme of the present volume is devoted to methods – in field research, in archival practice and in technical safeguarding – ranging from the research idea to the methodological discussion at the desk, in the field and then in the archive, where the audio-visual findings are turned into documented sources, as it were. Progressing from the general to the specific, methods are essential in both field research and the archive. This methodological tour d’horizon looks at the Phonogrammarchiv and its holdings from a very special perspective.

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-- online since April 12, 2016 --



"al-hudud al-khamsa"

New FWF Project (P 28736):

Death & Life: Local Conceptions of Reincarnation Among the Druzes in the Middle East

On November 30th 2015, the board of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) approved funding for a research project submitted by the Phonogrammarchiv and dedicated to the Druze conceptions of the transmigration of the souls/reincarnation (taqammus). Funded with a total of EUR 271.645,40 over the course of three years (April 1st  2016 ­– March 31st  2019), the project will create a corpus of narrative interviews with Middle Eastern Druzes about the phenomenon of the transmigration of the souls/reincarnation (taqammus). The project thereby pursues goals that are at once anthropological, Islamological, and philological.

Scientific Abstract...
Project website...

-- online since April 12, 2016 --


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