About author : VEITL Anne


Born in 1966, Anne Veitl has conducted since 1986 interdisciplinary research in music, combining approaches from the humanities and the social sciences. Particularly mobilizing two of the great interdisciplinary fields, history and political science, she has specialized in the study, in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and predominately in France, of :

- public policy and the social organization of music

- the link between technology, the sciences, and the practice of musical composition


Her first research efforts studied the history of the guitar (the instrument with which, as a child, she began the study and practice of music) in France in the eighteenth century, carried out in the course of her advanced studies in political science at the Institut d'études politiques of Grenoble. Already, Veitl applied an interdisciplinary approach which associated the different transformations concerning the manufacture, the repertoire and the modes of writing for the instrument with the places and socio-political contexts within which it was practiced.

For her doctoral thesis in political science, at the University of social sciences of Grenoble, she began research on the music of the twentieth century. She focused her work on the activities, locations and policies of “recherche musicale”, using the term put forward by Pierre Schaeffer in 1958 to identify the new domain then taking shape at the crossroads of musical creation, scientific research and the technological domains of communications and information.

After obtaining her doctorate in 1993, Veitl has pursued her studies of “recherche musicale”, and of public policy related to music in general. Since 2000, she has intensified her interdisciplinary approach to the practices of musical composition by simultaneously conducting research on the most concrete aspects of musical practice and on music as a symbolic activity.

From this point of view, she is particularly interested in the grand partition between writing and orality, and in the tools of musical notation. An independent researcher, a part of her activities have been conducted since 2002 under the aegis of the observatory Tscimuse, an organization specializing in the history and current status of relations between technology, the sciences and contemporary music. Her research has been supported by grants and study projects from the French Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Culture, the SACEM and the Singer-Polignac foundation.

Anne Veitl was born, grew up and resides in the Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France.

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