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16.12.2022 | 15:00 | Universidade Nova de Lisboa | Rectory's Auditorium 
The Founder and President Emerita of the Etnomusicologia - Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco will give her "Last Lesson" on December 16.

The last lesson marks the retirement of the Full Professor from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon. The ceremony will take place at the Rectory of the New University of Lisbon at 3 pm in the Auditorium.

Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. She received her doctorate from Columbia University, was Assistant Professor at New York University (1979-1982), visiting professor at Columbia University, Princeton University; Tinker Professor at the University of Chicago, Overseas Visiting Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge University and Gulbenkian Visting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Carried out field research in Portugal, Egypt and Oman resulting in publications on: cultural politics, musical nationalism, identity, music media, modernity, heritagization, and music and conflict.


Main publications include: “Sustainability, Agency and the Ecologies of Music Heritage in Alentejo, Portugal” in Huib Schippers and Anthony  Seeger and, Music, Communities and Sustainability: Developing Policies and Practices, New York: Oxford University Press (2022); Transforming Ethnomusicology  (co-editor and author with Beverly Diamond) New York: Oxford University Press (2021); Portugal and Spain: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (co-author with Susana Moreno Fernández). New York and London: Oxford University Press (2019); “Jazz, Race and Politics in Colonial Portugal: Discourses and Representations (1924-1971),” with Pedro Roxo, in Philip Bohlman and Goffredo Plastino (eds.) Jazz Worlds/World Jazz, Chicago: Chicago University Press (2016); “The Politics of Music Categorization in Portugal” in Philip Bohlman (ed.) The Cambridge History of World Music, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2013); Enciclopédia da Música em Portugal no Século XX (4 vols) (ed.), Lisboa: Círculo de Leitores/Temas e Debates (2010); Music and Conflict. (co-editor with John O’Connell and author of the Epilogue), Urbana:  Illinois University Press (2010); Traditional Arts in Southern Arabia: Music and Society in Sohar, Sultanate of Oman (with Dieter Christensen), Berlin: VWB Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung (2009).


Past academic responsibilities and awards include: President of the International Council for Traditional Music (2013 – 2021); Vice President of the Society for Ethnomusicology (2007 – 2009) and of the International Council for Traditional Music (1997-2001 and 2009-2013); Vice Chancellor of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2007-2009). Recipient of the Scientific Merit Award of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2022), the Merit Award of  INATEL, Portugal (2021);  the Cultural Award of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Egypt  (2019); the Glarean Award for music research of the Swiss Musicological Society (2013), the Gold & Silver Medals for Cultural merit of the City Halls of Lisbon and Cascais, respectively (2012 & 2007), the Pro-Author Award of the Portuguese Author’s Society (2010).

The Ceremony is free of charge, with registration and limited to the capacity of the auditorium. Confirmations must be made by December 12.