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Elias Berner studied musicology at the University of Vienna. From 2015 to 2017 he was Junior Fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies at the University of Linz, and from 2016 to 2017 he was an Associate Member of the Research Training Group: "Vergegenwärtigungen. Representations of the Shoah in Comparative Perspective" at the University of Hamburg. From 2017 to 2021 he was a researcher of the Digital Humanities Project "Telling Sounds" at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He received his doctorate at the University of Vienna in 2021 with the thesis "Commemoration, Comfort, Provocation: Music in Films about the Shoah". Through the Post-Doc Track Scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Musicology at the University of Vienna. From 2022 to 2024 Elias Berner has been co-director of the interdisciplinary Digital Humanities project "ACONTRA: The Affective Construction of National Temporalities in Austrian Postwar Radio (1945-55)" at the Institute of Musicology and Interpretation Research at the University of Music and Performing Arts. Furthermore, he is part of the editorial team of the journal Musicologica Austriaca since fall 2022. He is a regular lecturer at the Institute of Musicology, the Institute of Theater, Film and Media Studies and at the University of Music and Performing Arts. In 2024, Elias Berner was awarded with the Fellowship for Anti-Semitism research at the Institute of Culture Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. 


  • research on antisemitism
  • soundtrack, history of radio, history of music in the media in the 20th century “affective turn” and musicology, music and identity
  • digital humanities 




Music in Films About the Shoah: Commemoration, Comfort, Provocation, Palgrave Series for Audio Visual Culture. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan/Springer 2024 [forthcoming in August 2024]

Articles (8)

Articles (8)

The Sound of Austria in Films about the Shoah and National Socialism, in: Musicologica Austriaca - Journal for Austrian Music Studies: Special Issue: Austrian Music Studies: Topics, Perspectives, Concepts, 2023.

(with Birgit Haberpeuntner) A Death of Two Viennas: Counter-Temporalities in the Radio Live Coverage of the Signing of the Austrian State Treaty, in: Elias Berner and Matej Santi (eds.) Telling Sounds: Tracing Music History in Digital Media Archives, Wien: Hollitzer 2023, 81–94.

Die Zukunft, Boogie-Woogie und das Wienerlied im Sender Rot-weiß-Rot: ein Fallbeispiel, in: Karin Moser (ed.) Hearing is Believing: Radio(-Programme) als strategisches Propagandainstrument, Göttingen:Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2022, 207–222.

Falco and Waldheim 1986: Austria and its Past on the International Stage – But Where is the Music? in: Siegfried Beer und Waldemar Zacharasiewicz(ed.) Cultural Politics, Transfer and Propaganda: Mediated Narratives and Images in Austrian-American Relations. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften 2001, 373–392.

‘I’ve never understood the passion for Schubert’s sentimental Viennese shit’—Using metadata to capture the contexts of film music,in: Matej Santi and Elias Berner (eds.) Music – Media– History: Re-Thinking Musicology in an Age of Digital Media, Bielefeld: Transcript 2021, 197–216.

‘Alle Menschen werden Brüder?‘: Ein audiovisuelles Dokument aus dem Nationalsozialismus in den sozialen Medien,in: Stefanie Acquavella-Rauch, Andreas Münzmay and Joachim Veit (eds.) Musikwissenschaft: Aktuelle Perspektiven : Band 3 – Brückenschläge zwischen Musikwissenschaft und Informatik, Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar der Universität Paderborn und der Hochschule für Musik Detmold: Detmold 2020, 211–222.

‘Remember me, but forget my fate’: The use of music in Schindler’s List and In Darkness, in: Holocaust Studies, 27(2) Special Issue: Contemporary Film (August 2019), 156–170. DOI: 10.1080/17504902.2019.1637490

collected volumes (2)

collected volumes (2)

(with Matej Santi) Telling Sounds: Tracing Music History in Digital Media Archives Wien: Hollitzer, 2023. 

(with Matej Santi) Music – Media– History: Re-Thinking Musicology in an Age of Digital Media. Bielefeld: transcript. 2021.