Effie Papanikolaou serves as Musicology Coordinator and Advisor for Graduate students in the Musicology/Composition/Theory area. She holds a B.A. in English Philology and Literature from the University of Athens, Greece; Music Theory Degrees from the National Conservatory of Athens; and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Historical Musicology from Boston University.
Her lectures and publications (from Haydn and Schumann to Liszt and Mahler’s fin-de-siècle Vienna) focus on the interconnections of music, religion, and politics in the long nineteenth century, with emphasis on the sacred as a musical topos. Other research interests include music and film, interdisciplinary, and dance studies. Her publications have appeared in Musica sacra, Prism(s): Essays in Romanticism, Naturlaut, Music in Art: International Journal for Music Iconography, the Choral Journal, the Journal of Political and Military Sociology (Music and Politics issue), MLA Notes, and the German Studies Review. Her essays discussing the music in The Last Temptation of Christ (“Identity and Ethnicity in Peter Gabriel’s Sound Track for The Last Temptation of Christ”) and the TV series Battlestar Galactica (“Of Duduks and Dylan: Negotiating Music and the Aural Space”) have been published in interdisciplinary book collections (Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s “The Last Temptation of Christ” Fifty Years On [Continuum, 2005] and Cylons in America: Critical Studies in “Battlestar Galactica” [Continuum, 2007], respectively). Forthcoming publications include book essays on Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, and Ken Russell’s film Mahler. She is currently writing a monograph on the genre of the Romantic symphonic mass.
Professor Papanikolaou has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences, both musicological and interdisciplinary in scope. In Fall 2010 she was awarded a Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship from BGSU’s Institute for the Study of Culture and Society. She has been the recipient of an NEH Summer seminar fellowship for work on opera, and a Technology Innovations Course Redevelopment Grant to from the Ohio Learning Network. She currently serves as chair of the AMS Committee on Membership and Professional Development (2010-2012), and treasurer of the AMS Midwest (2009-present). Her previous teaching appointments included Wellesley College, Longy School of Music, Miami University, and Harvard University (Teaching Fellow).