Denise Petzold, researcher at MCICM, receives PhD

On 4 July 2023, Denise Petzold successfully defended her PhD at the Aula in Maastricht. Petzold’s research as part of the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music, a collaboration between Maastricht University, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and philharmonie zuidnederland as well as the financial contribution of Province Limburg.

Denise’s book titled ‘Archives of Change: An Art Conservation Studies Approach to Innovating Classical Music’ explores the relationship between innovation and tradition in classical music, and the broader question of how to conserve its artistic heritage for the future. Petzold argues that innovation and tradition are not a priori contrasts but rather aims to show how they intertwine practically in a classical music context. In doing so, Petzold turns to the contemporary art museum – particularly its conservation department – as a role model for approaching the tension between conservation and change both on a theoretical and a practical level.

Denise Petzold’s research was supervised by Prof. dr. Peter Peters and Prof. dr. Karin Bijsterveld.

Denise Petzold is postdoctoral lecturer at the Philosophy Department of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the ‘Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music’ (MCICM). Denise has a background in science and technology studies (STS), contemporary art conservation studies, museum studies, and classical music. Her research interests revolve around the role of technology in artistic practice and heritage conservation, ephemeral materials and new materialisms, as well as processes of craftsmanship and making. She also teaches in various BA and MA programmes at the faculty.

‘Archives of Change: An Art Conservation Studies Approach to Innovating Classical’ is available for download.