Historical and Cultural Studies in Music
- To develop a Cultural Studies perspective in the research on "art music" in Portugal and Brazil from the 16th century up to the present;
- To study musical ideas, genres and practices from an interdisciplinary perspective, including a wide range of approaches, such as Cultural History, Sociology, Anthropology and Musical Analysis;
- To carry out field and archival research on the music heritage and contemporary processes in Portugal and Brazil, focusing on a wide range of resources: historical and contemporary documents, scores, theoretical treatises, literary sources, iconography, recordings and audiovisual materials;
- To develop outreach activities aimed at the general public.
- The main Portuguese musical institutions and its repertoires from the 16th century up to the present;
- History of musical ideas in Portugal and Brazil from the Old Regime to modernity;
- Music in Portugal during the Old Regime, with a special focus on the royal and private patronage, the ceremonial models and the production and circulation of repertoires;
- Musical sociabilities in public and domestic spaces and the interaction between art, traditional and urban popular music,
- “Music and State”, focusing on the relations between Portuguese musical life and the creation and evolution of the State’s cultural policies, with two main areas: Music and the representation of royal power during the Old Regime and Music and politics during the Estado Novo;
- The social and professional status of musicians and its transformations;
- The history of musical genres in correlation with their contexts and performance practices, in coordination with the thematic line “Historical Approaches to Musical Performance”;
- The impact of the introduction and dissemination of technological mediation in Portuguese music (theatre, phonography, radio, cinema) in conjunction with the thematic line “Music and Media”.