The idea unifying all the WagnerWorldWide 2013 events will be an exploration of Wagner’s current meaning and worldwide significance, in the five areas of inquiry listed below. Individual contributions to these topics will be added to the appropriate category on an ongoing basis.

  Environment and Nature

Anno Mungen (University of Bayreuth): “Wagner-Scapes”

Thomas Bargatzky (University of Bayreuth): “Nature and Myth in Richard Wagner's Ring – An Anthropological Perspective”











Gender and Sexuality

 Eva Rieger (Vaduz/Liechtenstein): “Gender in Wagner's Music”














Media and Film

Emile Wennekes (University of Utrecht/Netherlands): “(Re)mediating Wagner: Productive Reception in Visual and Virtual Media”

Gundula Kreuzer (Yale University/USA): “Performance, Media, Authenticity: Technologies of (Re)production and the Metropolitan Opera's new Ring

 Anna-Catharina Gebbers (Berlin): “Christoph Schlingensief's Operndorf Afrika”

 Wolf-Dieter Ernst (University of Bayreuth): “Wagner and Distributed Aesthetics”







History and Nationalism


Susanne Lachenicht (University of Bayreuth): “When Nationalism Meets Cosmopolitanism – Ideas, Discourses and Mentalities in the Later 19th Century”













Globalization and Markets

 Nicholas Vazsonyi (University of South Carolina/USA): “The Global Marketing of Wagner”
[lecture starts around minute 30:00]

Barbara Mittler (Heidelberg University): “Wagner Goes East: Chinese Encounters with European Opera”

Anna-Catharina Gebbers (Berlin): “Christoph Schlingensief's Operndorf Afrika”