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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 sound and music in dynamics of extreme violence, armed conflicts, and propaganda, but also in processes of resistance and resilience. They pay particular attention to the sonic dimension of political and identity rituals deployed in both democracy and authoritarian regimes.

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 du son et de la musique dans des dynamiques de violence extrême, des conflits armés et des dispositifs de propagande, mais aussi dans des processus de résistance et de résilience. Ils portent une attention particulière à la dimension sonore des rituels politiques et identitaires déployés aussi bien en démocratie que dans des régimes autoritaires.

Luis Velasco-Pufleau
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Email: luis.velascopufleau@unifr.ch
I am a musicologist and electroacoustic music composer. My research focuses on political, historical, and aesthetics issues of music and sound, in particular related to conflict and violence. I am currently postdoctoral researcher at the University of Fribourg and associated research fellow at the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme in Paris (Humanitarian studies platform and research programme Sortir de la violence, ANR SoV). After completing my PhD in Music and musicology at Sorbonne University in 2011, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), and University of Salzburg, as well as a Balzan visiting fellow at the University of Oxford. I am co-editor of the journal Transposition. Music and social sciences and editor of the open access research blog Music, sound and conflict.

Research fields:
Music and musicology of the 20th and 21st centuries
Sound, music and memory in conflict and post-conflict situations
Music and politics in democracy and authoritarian regimes
Creative and collaborative practices in music
Music and identity in war propaganda
Aural Anthropology / Anthropology of sound