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@wbkolleg.unibe.ch
I am a musicologist and sound artist. My work critically reflects on the relationship between sound, politics and violence in contemporary societies. In particular, I am interested in exploring the political dimension of musical practices, human voices and aural memories. I am currently a SNSF Spark researcher at the University of Bern (Walter Benjamin Kolleg / Institute of Musicology). As a researcher and sound artist, I am interested in exploring 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. Since 2020, I have been a member of the UNESCO Roster for Culture in Emergencies (UNESCO Rapid Response Mechanism for Culture in Emergencies).

Swiss Young Academy (elected member 2020-2025)
– International Musicological Society (IMS)
– Swiss Society for Ethnomusicology (CH-EM)

Editorial activities:
– Co-editor of the journal Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales
– Editor of the open access research blog Music, sound and conflict

Research fields:
– Music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
– Political ontologies of sound and music
– Sound, music and memory in conflict and post-conflict situations
– Music and politics in democracy and authoritarian regimes
– Music censorship / Music and war propaganda
– Aural Anthropology / Anthropology of sound