dissertations

The project provides the material conditions and an intellectually stimulating environment to early career scholars for the development of their dissertations and research projects. We are currently supervising/mentoring one Master dissertation and one PhD dissertation.


Mariana Pinho (NOVA FCSH)

Rave Culture, Psychedelism and Subjectivity: Genealogies of Electronic Dance Music in Portugal (1990-2000)

Taking the rave culture and the acid house phenomenon in Portugal as an object of study, this project draws on the concept of psychedelism as an operational category to think about politics. A space of shared performance, where desire, fantasy and self-projection intersect and relate to each other, enabling new forms of life and social relationships, rave culture is particularly relevant terrain for reflection in the contemporary political subject. Using a qualitative methodology, this research project seeks to trace the genealogy of rave culture in Portugal following the entrance of Portugal in the European Union, a period often dubbed as “Cavaquismo” (1990-2000). Ultimately, this project aims at producing new narratives about the development of the rave culture in Portugal to reflect critically about the new forms of political subjectivation of the post-dictatorship youth.


Jasemin Khaleli (University of Viena)

Queering the urban politics of transformation? Techno-spaces in Lisbon between precarisation and self-empowerment

As Lisbon like many European metropolises is characterized by increasing uncertainty and social segregation due to drastic urban changes of transformation, it has been also proven a fertile ground for generating do-it-yourself (DIY) music spaces – as an ethos of collective engagement for social change. Based on multi-sited ethnography, this study explores the ways in which the tension between neoliberal forces and a DIY or queer-feminist agenda is lived out in spaces of techno electronic dance music (EDM), particularly at ‘mina’, ‘suspension’ and ‘Galeria Zé dos Bois’. It examines issues of queer place and music-making, how urban settings affect the subjective experiences of precariousness in the creative urban industry, and how ongoing hierarchies and cultural authenticities are negotiated. Indeed, subjectivities are at the core of this project. Drawing on the feminist tenet of embodied knowledge and performativity, the study also attends to the concerns of doing and queering nightly ethnomusicology: From cultural capital as a set of tacit knowledge assets to sensual listening practices and the transformative bodily participation in techno-spaces, this study aims to convey the encounters of gendered, sexual and technologically mediated bodies in ethnographic work.