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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@unibe.ch
I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the Institute of Musicology and Walter Benjamin Kolleg at the University of Bern, and at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. My current research project ONTOMUSIC focuses on the relationship between music, ethics and politics in the music of the twenty-first century. I am also interested in examining the political dimension of aural memories and wartime sonic environments. As a researcher and musician, I explore innovative forms of writing at the crossroads of artistic creation and research in the humanities and social sciences. After completing my PhD in Music and musicology at Sorbonne University in 2011, I have conducted postdoctoral research at the EHESS (Paris), University of Salzburg, University of Oxford and University of Fribourg. I am an elected member of the Swiss Young Academy (SYA) and a member of the UNESCO Roster for Culture in Emergencies (UNESCO Rapid Response Mechanism for Culture in Emergencies).

Full list of publications: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1330-974X

Research fields:
– 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
– Music censorship / Music and war propaganda
– Ontology of music and sound

Memberships:
– Swiss Young Academy (co-leading the research project The Future of Human Rights)
– International Musicological Society (IMS, Study group Music and Violence)
– Swiss Society for Ethnomusicology (CH-EM)
– Swiss Society for Musicology (SSM)

Editorial activities:
– Co-editor of the journal Transposition
– Editorial Board member of the journal Filigrane
– Editor of the open access research blog Music, Sound and Conflict

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