Professor Susana Zapke, married with four children, completed her degree in music and literature at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg im Breisgau and at the University of Cologne. In 1993, she received her PhD from the University of Hamburg before obtaining her Habilitation qualification from the University of Salzburg in 2009. Piano studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in San Sebastián and at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg im Breisgau together with double bass studies at the École Nationale de Musique in Bayonne complement her extensive portfolio of studies. Between 2010 and 2015, Susana Zapke worked as an employee and associated research assistant at the Institute for History of Art and Musicology and at the Institute for Mediaeval Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Since 1997, she has managed countless Austrian and overseas research projects approved by renowned science-related funding institutions. Zapke’s main research areas include Musical Mediaeval Studies (currently Vienna in the 14th - 15th century), the intellectual reference systems of the Viennese Fin de siècle and the imaginerie of modernity as well as music in the urban space (display and transformation of urban spaces, soundscapes and their socio-political implications, spatial policy and city images). She is currently the head of the Music Mapping Vienna research project Urban Experiences in the 20th-21st Centuries at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. To date, she has undertaken teaching duties at the Universities of Cologne, Stuttgart, Bremen, Salzburg, Salamanca and at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Between 2000 and 2004, Susana Zapke was the Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Bremen and the Director of the Goethe Institute in Madrid, as a member of the diplomatic service of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2003 to 2008, she was the Senior Researcher at the Foundation BBVA in Madrid. Since 2009, Professor Zapke has taught theory, analysis and the history of music at the Music and Arts University, where she worked in cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna to help develop the Master of Arts Education (MAE) course between 2010 and 2013 and the Master of Social Design (MASD) course between 2012 and 2013, when she was Vice-Director. In 2014, she was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Since October 2015, she has also been the chairperson of the Institute for Science and Research.
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