Jason Weir

Research Interests

  • Late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music
  • Folk music and suburban experience in fin-de-siècle Vienna
  • Auditory culture and early modernism
  • Music, migration and cultural geography


Area of proposed thesis

Jason is currently in his second year of the DPhil course and his research, supervised by Prof. Daniel Grimley, focuses on the auditory culture of fin-de-siècle Vienna. One of his key research aims is exploring how the changing perceptions of sound were mediated through the unique development of suburban folk music, particularly in working class districts, and the effects of modernist urban development on the musical life of these communities.

By examining the contrasting phenomena of pseudo-folk traditions and street musicians, Jason hopes to shine a spotlight on the dramatic shift in Viennese sound culture between the early 1890s and 1911, and to explore the activities of noise abatement campaigns in relation to both folk and classical music.


Conference Presentations

‘Rioting beyond the Ring: suburban echoes in fin-de-siècle Vienna’                                                                     BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference (University of Sheffield, Jan 2019)

‘Blindness and Insight in Verdi’s Don Carlos.’                                                                                                                    ICTM-IE/SMI Postgraduate Conference (University College Dublin, December 2016)



Oxford-Leon E and Iris L Beghian Graduate Scholarship

Anglo-Austrian Society Doctoral Award and Otto Harpner Award (2019-20)

Music & Letters Award (2019)

AMS Professional Development Travel Grant (2019)


Subjects Taught

Modernism in Vienna 1900 – 1935

Pastoral Idylls: the Nineteenth-Century Symphony