Topics: Israeli Popular Music (from pre-statehood to contemporary); Israeli Classical Music (from the 1930s to the present); Jewish Music; Imagining Biblical Music; Music in the Holocaust; Jewish Music in the Concert Hall
Assaf Shelleg is the Schusterman Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology and Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He was previously the Efroymson Visiting Assistant Professor in the Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Washington University in St. Louis (2009-11). A Musicologist and a Pianist, Shelleg has earned his PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2008) on the mapping of modern Jewish art music in central and Western Europe.
He has published in some of the leading journals in both musicology and Israel Studies on topics ranging from the historiography of modern European Jewish art music to post modern Israeli opera, and contributes occasionally to Ha’aretz. His forthcoming book, tentatively titled Jewish Contiguities and the Soundtrack of Israeli History, discusses the dynamism of twentieth century Jewish art music from its emergence in Europe to post 1967 Israeli art music.