The project provides the material and intellectual infrastructure for early career scholars to develop their dissertations and research projects. We are currently supervising/mentoring several Master’s and PhD dissertations.
Master’s dissertation | 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.
Sandra Crespo Pereira
Master’s dissertation | Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Som e paisagem: uma etnografia sonora do Jardim do Campo Grande
This project focuses on the study of the relationship established between Jardim do Campo Grande and its soundscape, which will be analyzed from a current and a historical perspective. From a current perspective, it was intended to perceive the sounds that constitute the sound environment of the garden, starting from a sound ethnography that comprised an attentive listening of the space, with the support of listening walks and listing of all its sounds. Given that the garden it is located in the center of intense traffic routes and close to Lisbon’s Airport, the most present sounds on the garden’s sonic environment were the sounds of traffic, the noise of airplanes flying at low altitudes over the park and the chirping of birds. Another focus of this study was to determine how the visitors of this park relate to their space and with the sounds that coexist in that area. This was achieved by taking short questionnaires to 61 users that sought to know how often these visitors go to the park and how long they stay, how they use the garden, what was their favorite sound and why. It was concluded that the garden served as a pathway for many of the users. It is also used for activities like resting or walking, practicing sports, walking the dog, social activities or just as a shortcut to get to nearby places. The most preferred sound was the chirping of the birds (30 of the inquiries), followed by the sound of the breeze passing through the leaves of the trees (6) and silence (4). Justifying their choice, most of the reasons named by the garden’s users were related to evoking the feelings of tranquility and memories of nature that were associated with those sounds. From an historical point of view, it was intended to trace the history of the sound of Jardim do Campo Grande, from the moment that it was only a rural open space, in the XVI century, to the present day as an urban garden, comprising all the spatial changes that were carried out and the uses and functions that this garden has gathered during this period of time, as well as the ones that it currently holds.
PhD dissertation | Universidade Nova de Lisboa
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.