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I am a senior lecturer in Music in the School of Arts, English and Languages. My main area of research is the history of political music and song. I am the editor and main author of Protest Song in East and West Germany since the 1960s (2007). In my early career I published widely on the relationship between political song and censorship in the former GDR. I also have a strong interest in the folk song traditions of Scotland, Ireland and America. My latest research has focussed on the role of cultural memory and the reworking of tradition in the present. I was primary investigator in an AHRC and DFG-funded collaboration with the University of Freiburg on the history of reception of songs of the German 1848 revolution (2009-12). At present I am forming a wider research network dealing with the expression of European Identity in song.
I joined Queen’s in 1999 as a lecturer in German Studies. Since 2012 I have been convening the MA in Arts Management while also teaching courses in Music and Drama. My modules include ‘Politics in Popular Song’, 'Songwriting' and 'Work Placement’. I also contribute to 'Music in History, 'Introduction to Music' and 'Dissertation'
I am a bouzouki-player and previously recorded and toured internationally as a member of the Scottish folk group Rua (1986-88). As a singer/songwriter I toured as support for the Proclaimers on their Sunshine on Leith tour (1988), and also performed at many festivals including Reading (1990). I have released four albums of original songs, Capture an Image (1991), Prussian Blue (1996), Star in the Morning (2005), and Ingo and the Bouncy Castle (2011 – with the Corncrakes)
01/08/2008 → 17/12/2019
Robb, D., Jan 2017, German Pop Music: A Companion. Schutte, U. (ed.). Berlin: De Gruyter, (Companions to Contemporary German Culture; vol. 6).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review
Robb, D., Dec 2016, Popular Music in Eastern Europe: Breaking the Cold War Paradigm . Mazierska, E. (ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 109-128 20 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile156 Downloads (Pure)
Ernst Busch, Rio Reiser, and Gerhard Gundermann: Examples of Proletarian Narrative Role-Play in German Political SongRobb, D., 21 Dec 2016, In : Lied und populaere Kultur. 60/61, p. 227-246 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile425 Downloads (Pure)
Mobilising of the German 1848 Protest Song Tradition in the Context of International Twentieth Century Folk RevivalsRobb, D., Oct 2016, In : Popular Music. 35, 3, p. 338-359 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)1704 Downloads (Pure)