Music, Nation and Region in the Iberian Peninsula:

(Re)Sounding History, Identity and Heritage

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce that our keynotes will be: Salwa el-Shawan Castelo-Branco and Francisco Cruces Villalobos.

Prof. Salwa el-Shawan Castelo-Branco (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)


Prof. Salwa el-Shawan Castelo-Branco is Professor of Ethnomusicology, Director of the Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal; President of the International Council for Traditional Music since 2013. She received her doctorate from Columbia University, taught at New York University (1979-1982), was visiting professor at Columbia University, Princeton University; Tinker Professor at Chicago University and Overseas Visiting Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge University. Carried out field research in Portugal, Egypt and Oman resulting in publications on: cultural politics, musical nationalism, identity, music media, modernity and music and conflict. Main publications include: Portugal and Spain: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. With Susana Moreno Fernàndez. Global Music Series. New York and London: Oxford University Press (in press); “Jazz, Race and Politics in Colonial Portugal: Discourses and Representations (1924-1971),” with Pedro Roxo (2016), in Philip Bohlman and Goffredo Plastino (eds.) Jazz Worlds/World Jazz, Chicago: Chicago University Press (2016); “The Politics of Music Categorization in Portugal” in Philip Bohlman (ed.) The Cambridge History of World Music, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2013); Enciclopédia da Música em Portugal no Século XX (4 vols) (ed.), Lisboa: Círculo de Leitores/Temas e Debates (2010); Music and Conflict. (co-editor with John O’Connell and author of the Epilogue), Urbana: Illinois University Press (2010); Traditional Arts in Southern Arabia: Music and Society in Sohar, Sultante of Oman (with Dieter Christensen), Berlin: VWB Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung (2009). Past academic responsibilities and awards include: Vice President of the Society for Ethnomusicology (2007 – 2009) and of the International Council for Traditional Music (1997-2001 and 2009-2013); Vice Chancellor of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2007-2009). Recipient of the Glarean Award for music research of the Swiss Musicological Society (2013), the Gold & Silver Medals for Cultural merit of the City Halls of Lisbon and Cascais, respectively (2012 & 2007), and the Pro-Author Award of the Portuguese Author’s Society (2010).

Prof. Francisco Cruces Villalobos (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)


Since 2004, Francisco Cruces has been a professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at UNED (Spain), of which he was Director between 2011 and 2015. Previously he taught Ethnomusicology at the Universidad de Salamanca (1997-2004). He has also served as a research fellow at the Universidad del Valle (Colombia) and UAM-I (México), and Visiting Professor at The University of Chicago, Institut Français d’Urbanisme (Paris III) and UCSD at La Jolla. He was president of the SIbE-Sociedad de Etnomusicología (1999-2002) and editor of its journal, TRANS-Transcultural Music Review. His research focuses on a variety of performance and symbolic expressions in urban settings (including music, but also political demonstrations, orality, ritual, formal organizations and domestic spaces), having conducted fieldwork in Madrid, Ciudad de México, Bogotá and Montevideo. He has co-authored Cosmópolis. Nuevas maneras de ser urbanos (Gedisa, 2016); Jóvenes, culturas urbanas y redes digitales. Prácticas emergentes en las artes, las editoriales y la música (with Néstor García Canclini et al., Ariel, 2012); Textos de antropología contemporánea (UNED, 2010); Símbolos en la ciudad (UNED, 2006); Las culturas musicales. Lecturas de etnomusicología (Trotta, 2001); El sonido de la cultura. Textos de antropología de la música (Revista Antropología,1998). At present, he coordinates the group Cultura Urbana, an initiative designed to articulate the ethnographic work of a dozen scholars around the cultural transformations going on in Madrid and other cities as global metropolis. There he conducts fieldwork on practices of intimacy-building and narratives of the Self among city dwellers.

%d bloggers like this: