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Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas | Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av. de Berna, n.º 26 C
1069-061 Lisboa
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Rui Cidra is an anthropologist and hired researcher at the Instituto de Etnomusicologia, Centro de Estudos de Música e Dança, of the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. His work reflects on the ways expressive culture participates in the making of the postcolonial social relations between African and Portuguese populations. It addresses particularly the power relations and the boundaries of difference framing the production of music and dance. In his PhD. dissertation, “Music, Power and Diaspora: an Ethnography and History between Santiago, Cape Verde, and Portugal” (2011) he focused on the Cape Verdean music and dance genre funaná and the production of the santiaguense Cape Verdean subjectivity across the lines of race, gender (especially masculinity) and national belonging in Cape Verde and in the diaspora location of Portugal. His present research questions how Cape Verdean music and dance have articulated a critique of persistent colonial legacies in a conjuncture characterized by three main social forces: nation building; diaspora, especially to the former metropole; and the commodification of difference brought about by the global music industry. He was adjunct editor of the Encyclopedia of Music in Portugal in the Twentieth Century (2010), a work in which he has also collaborated as writer of entries and articles on historical and social processes, musicians and music and dance genres of the diasporas of Lusophone Africa and pop rock produced in Portugal. He has taught postgraduate courses in Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism (2004-2011) and Ethnomusicology (2011-2018) at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Post-Doctoral Project
Cape Verde Music, Nation and World Music: post-colonial poetic and aesthetics
Cidra PD
Fellow Reference
The project reflects on the relationship between the contemporary aesthetics of the music of Cape Verde, the political processes associated with the process of construction of the Cape Verdean nation´s diaspora and the performances of the global cultural economy, including the international music industry and the cultural production domain defined as world music.