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Estelle Joubert

Associate Professor Musicology; Associate Director Graduate Studies and Research; European Studies - Cross Appointment


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Fountain School of Performing Arts

Email: estelle.joubert@dal.ca
Phone: 902.494.1826
Fax: 902.494.2801
Mailing Address: 
Room 525, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Musicology
  • Eighteenth-century music
  • Opera and political theory
  • Opera and the musical canon
  • Mozart studies
  • Music and landscape
  • Education
  • ARCT (Piano Performance)
  • BMus (Toronto)
  • MA (Toronto)
  • DPhil (Oxford)

Research & creative activity

Estelle Joubert joined Dalhousie in 2009.  Her research focuses on music, affect and politics in Europe.  In particular, she is interested in opera and political thought of the Enlightenment, music and identity politics in Europe, music's engagements with neurophysiology to effect political change, and music in the global eighteenth century.  Her forthcoming monograph, German Opera and the Politics of Sensation, 1750-1815, makes that case that eighteenth-century operatic genres were designed to play a crucial role in the formation of modern liberal-democratic ideals.  She is also principal investigator for a new large-scale study entitled Opera and the Musical Canon, 1750-1815 funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant.  Joubert has served as assessor for various research granting agencies, including SSHRC, FRQ (Fonds de recherche du Québec), DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), and FWF (Austrian Science Fund). She held a Balzan International Research Visitorship at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford (Trinity term 2014) and was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Department of Music, UC Berkeley for 2015-2016.

Selected publications

Awards and honours

  • 2015-2018 SSHRC Insight Grant, PI ($154,850), Opera and the Musical Canon, 1750-1815
  • 2015:  DAAD Faculty Research Grant, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • 2014: Balzan International Research Visitorship, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford.
  • 2010-2011 John M. Ward Fellow in Music and Dance, Houghton Library, Harvard University
  • 2007-2009 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto
  • 2007 Osgood prize University of Oxford for ‘New Music in the Office of Thomas Becket in Trier’, now published in Plainsong and Medieval Music
  • 2007 DAAD (Deutsche Akademischer Austausch Dienst) fellowship on ‘Operatic States: Imagining Community in Music Drama’ led by Arthur Groos at Cornell University
  • 2002-2007 Clarendon Scholar, University of Oxford