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Franziska Schroeder

Dr Franziska Schroeder

Senior Lecturer

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Franziska Schroeder is a saxophonist, theorist, and a senior lecturer at the School of Creative Arts and a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy in the UK). She serves on the peer review panel for the UK's AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) and is a registered expert for the EU's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

Franziska was awarded her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2006, and has since written for many international journals, including Leonardo, Organised Sound, Performance Research, Cambridge Publishing and Routledge. She has published a book on performance and the threshold, an edited volume on user-generated content and in 2014 a book on improvisation entitled "Soundweaving".

Franziska has performed with many international musicians including Joan La Barbara, Pauline Oliveros, Stelarc, the Avatar Orchestra, and Evan Parker. Franziska has released two CDs on the creative source label, a CD with Slam records, and a 2015 album (entitled 'Barely Cool" with improvisors from Brazil) on the pfmentum label.

Franziska is on the steering committee for the DRHA (Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts) conference, for which she was the Program Chair in 2010. She was the Artistic Director of the 2012 Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, and is the initiator for the annual symposium series that runs alongside the Sonorities Festival.

Franziska was an AHRC Research Fellow between 2007-2009, where she investigated network performance environments, and is currently a Lecturer at the School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast. In 2013 Franziska was awarded 1 of 5 prestigious HEA Prof Sir Ron Cooke International Fellowships to carry out work on improvisation in Brazil.

Research Statement

Franziska' research interests include the intersection of critical theory and digital performance, the role of the body in the age of technological change, as well as free improvisation practices.


BMus Module Convenor for Single/Double Recital Modules and MA (performance) modules.
School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast. All academic and administrative tasks.
Chair of the School's Events Committee, programming all research seminars and creative events.
Co-ordinator for the Music Performance Programme, guiding over 145 performance students and liaising with around 40 tutors instrumental specialists and several community organisations.



Languages: German (native), French and Portuguese (fluent)

Kodály musicianship training: 1995 - 1998 and 2008 Intensive summer course

Advanced Video and Audio Editing Skills

Knowledge of Max/MSP and Lisa (Steim Software)


Music and Running

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Frequent Journals

  • Contemporary Music Review

    ISSNs: 0749-4467

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1477-2256


    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.179 SNIP 0.362


  • Performance Research

    ISSNs: 1352-8165

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-9990

    Taylor and Francis Ltd.

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.216 SNIP 0.545


  • Organised Sound

    ISSNs: 1355-7718, 1355-7718

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-8153

    Cambridge University Press

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.272 SNIP 0.961


  • Psychology of Music

    ISSNs: 0305-7356

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1741-3087

    SAGE Publications Ltd

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 1.078 SNIP 1.318


  • AI and Society

    ISSNs: 0951-5666

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1435-5655

    Springer London

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.171 SNIP 0.462


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