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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ralf M. Jäger (Ph.D. 1993: “Turkish Art Music and its Manuscript Sources from the 19. Century”, Habilitation 1999: “Europe and the Ottoman Empire in Music, ca. 1500 to 1800”) is Professor of Ethnomusicology and European Music History at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.
He started his academic career in 1999 as visiting professor of Musicology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. From 2000 until 2004 he deputized the chair of Musicology at the WWU Münster and from 2005 to 2009 he was Lecturer and Senior Researcher both at the Musicological Department of WWU Münster (since 2008 Professor) and University of Music "Franz Liszt" in Weimar. From 2009 to 2011 Prof. Jäger held the Chair of Ethnomusicology at the Department of Music Research, Julius-Maximilians-Universitaet Würzburg. He has been lecturing in Göttingen, Istanbul, Mainz, Saarbrücken, Zürich and Athens.

Since 1995 Jäger is head of the Dissertationsmeldestelle (Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology) of Gesellschaft für Musikforschung (GfM); 2000 to 2004 he was vice-president of the German national committee of the International Council for Traditional Music; 2002 to 2005 Jäger acted as deputy chair of the study group Ethnomusicology (German Musicological Society). He directed the projects of the GfM in the Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Musikwissenschaft (ViFa Musik).

In 2005 Prof. Jäger was awarded with the “Hendrik Casimir-Karl Ziegler Research Grant” by the North-Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.

Since 2015 Prof. Jäger is director of the international and interdisciplinary DFG (German Research Foundation) long-term research project “Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae (CMO): Critical Editions of Music Manuscripts from the Middle East” which is based in Münster, Bonn, and Istanbul.

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