Music, Sound and Conflict is a research blog that examines the political dimension of music and sound in contemporary societies. The blog articles analyse the role of sonic and musical practices in dynamics of violence and processes of resistance. Through the examination of the relationship between listening, sound and political rituals, Music, Sound and Conflict explores the ways in which human societies see themselves, build their collective memory and envisage their futures.
Editor: Luis Velasco-Pufleau

Music, Sound and Conflict est un carnet de recherche qui explore la dimension politique de la musique et du son dans les sociétés contemporaines. Les textes publiés analysent le rôle des pratiques sonores et musicales dans des dynamiques de violence et des processus de résistance. À partir de l’étude des liens entre écoute, son et rituels politiques, Music, Sound and Conflict interroge les façons dont les sociétés humaines se pensent, construisent leur mémoire collective et se projettent dans le futur.

Luis Velasco-Pufleau
ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-1330-974X
Email: luis.velasco-pufleau@faculty.unibe.ch
I am an affiliate professor at the University of Montreal and a research affiliate at the University of Bern. As a musicologist with interdisciplinary interests, my research focuses on the relationship between music, ethics and politics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I am also interested in exploring sonic agencies and the political dimension of aural memories and wartime sonic environments. As a composer and musician, I am active in the experimental post-rock collective Mad Song and explore innovative forms of writing at the crossroads of artistic creation and research in the humanities and social sciences. After completing my PhD in musicology at Sorbonne University in 2011, I have been a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the University of Bern and McGill University, and have conducted postdoctoral research at the EHESS (Paris) and University of Salzburg. Additionally, I have taught in the music departments at McGill University, Bordeaux Montaigne University and University of Salzburg, and have been visiting scholar at Ircam (Paris), the University of Oxford and University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw). I also serve as an elected member of the Swiss Young Academy and an editorial board member of the journals Transposition and Filigrane.

CV and full list of publications:

Research fields and interests:
– Music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
– Music and politics in democracy and authoritarian regimes
– Sound, music and memory in conflict and post-conflict situations
– Philosophy of music and sound
– Qualitative methods in music research
– Sound archives

Editorial activities:
– Editorial board member of the journals Transposition and Filigrane
– Editor of the open access academic blog Music, Sound and Conflict

Artistic activities:
– Member of the post-rock and experimental music collective Mad Song

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