Kim Sauberlich

2016 Hellman Graduate Awardee

1st year PhD in Music
UC Berkeley

Kim Sauberlich is a first-year PhD student in Music History and Literature. Kim received her BMus and MMus degrees from King’s College, London before she came to Berkeley. So far, she has enjoyed researching the reception of Viennese classicism in Latin America in the early decades of the nineteenth century. Her Master’s thesis was about the circulation of a French biography of Joseph Haydn from Paris to Rio de Janeiro. Once a mass-produced document, then the first book about music to be published in Brazil, this biography is a complex text that can tell us about how musical knowledge operated across the Atlantic and back to Europe. Kim is interested in the ways in which music acquires meaning in new environments and aims to produce research that is informed by a recent body of work on cultural mobility. With a penchant for cultural history and critical theory, Kim’s work also seeks to address some of the complex interactions between musical production, verbal discourse and political practice.

“I am very grateful to have received a Hellman Graduate Award. The award recognises my efforts to this day and it will allow me to concentrate wholeheartedly on my research during the next few years at Berkeley.”