WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production



The WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production was established in 2015 as an endowed chair with the help of the WÜRTH Foundation and the Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft. Martin Tröndle has been holding the chair since then.

The chair’s research and teaching activities focus on cultural organisations and their visitors as well as non-visitors, cultural policies and funding, as well as on the effect different performance and exhibition formats have on their audiences. The close integration of research, teaching and practice is central to this work and at the core of the national and international research projects Martin Tröndle is carrying out with various teams and practice partners. These include:

Tröndle, Martin
Tröndle, Martin Prof Dr

Topics and Activities

The Chair’s Thematic Profile

The research of the chair focuses on the following topics: Concert and museum studies, visitor and non-visitor research, cultural management and cultural policy research as well as artistic research.

Doctoral Studies at the WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production

The chair is hosting a range of dissertation projects and post-doctoral projects that explore the various thematic fields of the chair. The chair is also part of the doctoral programme "FEINART.

Teaching and Didactical Concept: Bridging Research and Teaching | Teaching and Research

Throughout the courses offered by the chair, the approach of research-based learning is applied to encourage independent thinking and enthusiasm for scientific problem solving among students.

Transfer | Making Science Effective

With the concept of research-based teaching, teaching is hybridised, with the keyword ‘transfer’ we aim to hybridise research. In order to make science effective, the designs and results of scientific research must move closer to society.

Participations and Additional Formats

Center for Cultural Production

The WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production is part of the Center for Cultural Production at Zeppelin University, which also includes the Zeppelin University’s artsprogram and the Laboratory for Implicit and Artistic Knowledge (LIKWI).

Research Cluster “Arts Production and Cultural Policy in Transformation”

Since 2019, Martin Tröndle is the speaker of the research cluster “Arts Production and Cultural Policy in Transformation (ACPT)”, which deals with the transformation of cultural production in the context of social change.


Martin Tröndle is a beneficiary of “FEINART – The Future of European Independent Art Spaces in a Period of Socially Engaged Art”, funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme within the framework of Horizon 2020.


Martin Tröndle | Prof Dr

Since 2015, Prof Dr Martin Tröndle has held the WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production in the Faculty of Communication and Culture at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen. His work deals with a large variety of topics, all revolving around the production, distribution, and reception of the arts. Tröndle was the principal investigator of eMotion – Mapping Museum Experience (2008–14), supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. eMotion experimentally analysed the experiences of museum-goers, looking primarily at the museum architecture, art objects, and curatorial design and how these effect and affect the behaviour of museum visitors. Tröndle is now principal investigator of Experimental Concert Research (2018–), supported by the Volkswagen Foundation and others, a project that experimentally analyses the concert experience. Since 2014, Tröndle has been Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Zeitschrift für Kulturmanagement: Kunst, Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft / Journal of Cultural Management: Arts, Policy, Economics, and Society. Among others, he is the editor of the two-volume concert studies reader Das Konzert: Neue Aufführungskonzepte für eine klassische Form (2011, 2nd ed.) and Das Konzert II: Beiträge zum Forschungsfeld der Concert Studies (2018).

Weining, Christian | MA

Weining, Christian
Weining, Christian
Project Member „Experimental Concert Research (ECR)“
Phone:+ 49 7541 6009-1314
Room:FAB 3 | 1.37

Christian Weining studied Communication and Cultural Studies at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen and the University of Latvia in Riga. From September 2017 to December 2018 he was a student assistant at the WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production, from October 2017 to June 2018 assistant at the Bodenseefestival and from June to August 2019 part of the concert organisation team of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Currently, he is working as project coordinator and research assistant for the interdisciplinary research project Experimental Concert Research (ECR), through which he is also completing his doctorate dissertation project.

Former Team Members

  • Hofste, Emma-Charlotte BA | Undergraduate assistant WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production / Experimental Concert Research
  • Stockmann, Nico BA | Graduate assistant
  • Research Cluster “Arts Production and Cultural Policy in Transformation” & WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production
  • Weden, Victoria BA | Graduate assistant, WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production
  • Vildosola, Alexandra Student assistant at the "Digital Concert Experience" project
  • Stockmann, Nico BA | Graduate assistant
  • Mamrud, Noa MA | PhD candidate, “FEINART” project
  • Schindler, Johanna Dr Phil | Research fellow
  • Stielow, Sophie BA | Undergraduate research assistant at the research project “Digital Concert Experience”
  • Schmitz, Jana BA | Undergraduate assistant
  • Steigerwald, Claudia Dr phil | Research fellow
  • Storch, Carolin BA | Undergraduate assistant
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