Prof. Diedrich Diederichsen
Author, critic and journalist
‘I am committed to the Institute because I believe that it operates with a broadened concept of pop music: one that is not reduced to merely music making and the mastery of technique and instruments.’
Prof. Diedrich Diederichsen, born in 1957, has worked on pop music, politics, cinema and visual art since 1979. He was the editor and publisher of music magazines (Sounds, Spex) in the 1980s, and in the ‘90s was a guest professor and assistant lecturer at universities in cities such as Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Pasadena, Offenbach, Munich, Weimar, Bremen, Giessen, Vienna, Gainesville (Florida), St. Louis, Cologne, Salzburg and Los Angeles. From 1998 to 2007, he was the Professor of Aesthetic Theory/Cultural Studies at the Merz Academy in Stuttgart, and since 2006 has been the Professor of Theory, Practice and Communication of Contemporary Art at the Institute for Fine Arts and Cultural Studies at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.Diedrich Diederichsen regularly publishes in the Texte zur Kunst and Theater heute magazines and in the Tageszeitung newspaper, and lives in Berlin and Vienna. He has released a number of books, the most recent being Über Pop-Musik, published by Kiepenheuer&Witsch in March 2014.
Prof. Dr. Christoph Jacke
Professor of Theory, Aesthetics and History of Popular Music
Dr. Christoph Jacke, Professor of Theory, Aesthetics and History of Popular Music in the Music faculty of the University of Paderborn. He studied journalism and communications, English philology and political science, and is head of the ‘Popular Music and Media BA/MA’ study programme.
He studied journalism and communications, English philology and political science, and is head of the ‘Popular Music and Media BA/MA’ study programme. Chair of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music IASPM D-A-CH (Germany/Switzerland/Austria, 2016-2021), spokesperson of the Institute for Art / Music / Textiles at the University of Paderborn (2018-2020, dep. 2020-2022), co-founder and spokesperson of the ‘Popular Culture and Media’ work group in the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (German Society for Media Studies, GfM, 2008-2017), member of the academic advisory boards of the Gesellschaft für Popularmusikforschung (German Society for Popular Music Studies, GfPM, 2011-2016), the Institute for Pop Music at the Folkwang University of the Arts (since 2013) and the IASPM D-A-CH (2012-2016).
He has also been a journalist for publications such as Frankfurter Rundschau, Testcard, Spex, De:Bug, Kaput, Intro, Rolling Stone and Die Aufhebung.
He has collaborated with Beate Flath, Charis Geor and Martin Zierold on the Transdisziplinäre Popkulturstudien / Transdisciplinary Studies in Popular Culture series publication (Transcript Verlag, since 2020, formerly Populäre Kultur Und Medien, LIT 2009-2018), as well as a number of other publications on pop.