Halina Goldberg is a professor and the chair of musicology in the Jacobs School of Music, and an affiliate of the Borns Jewish Studies Program, Polish Studies Center, Institute for European Studies, and Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, all at IU Bloomington. Her interests focus on the interconnected Polish and Jewish cultures. She also directs the digital project, Jewish Life in Interwar Łódź.
Much of her work is interdisciplinary, engaging the areas of cultural studies, music and politics, performance practice, and reception, with special focus on 19th- and 20th-century Poland and Central/Eastern Europe, Chopin, and Jewish studies. She is the author of “Music in Chopin’s Warsaw” (Oxford University Press, 2008; Polish translation, 2016) and editor of “The Age of Chopin: Interdisciplinary Inquiries” (Indiana University Press, 2004), “Chopin and His World” (Princeton University Press, 2017; with Jonathan Bellman), “Polish Jewish Culture Beyond the Capital: Centering the Periphery” (Rutgers University Press, forthcoming 2023, with Nancy Sinkoff) and of a special issue of The Musical Quarterly “Jewish Spirituality, Modernity, and Historicism in the Long Nineteenth Century: New Musical Perspectives.”
Goldberg’s article “Chopin’s Album Leaves and the Aesthetics of Musical Album Inscription,” in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, received the 2021 H. Colin Slim Award from the American Musicological Society.
Areas of Expertise
Poland; Eastern Europe; 19th and 20th centuries; Polish/Jewish music, culture and history; music and politics; women and music; Chopin; performance practice; reception studies.