Visiting Fellows

Dr Christine Dettmann

After studying Music and Philosophy at the University of Music and the University of Rostock/Germany, I completed my Masters degree of Ethnomusicology in Lisbon/Portugal at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa with Prof. Dr. Salwa El-Shawan. My PhD thesis was focused on local Brazilian musicians in Lisbon under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Britta Sweers. In 2009, I have also worked as an assistant for Cultural Anthropology of Music at the University of Berne/Switzerland. After my work at the University of Essex (2010-13), I'm now holding a chair in ethnomusicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich (Germany).

Current research

My current research is closely linked to my interests in the music of Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) Cultures and the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira. In the  AHRC-funded project "The Angolan roots of Capoeira", I was part of the international and interdisciplinary team. As an ethnomusicologist, I am contributing to the analysis of the fieldwork and film material collected in Angola. Besides this exciting study, my academic interests lie in Applied Ethnomusicology, the study of music in migrational contexts and in questions about how to theorize qualitative research in ethnomusicology.



Ein anderes Gesicht: Lokale brasilianische Musiker in Lissabon (Another face: Local Brazilian Musicians in Lisbon), (Berlin: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 2012).


‘History in the Making: An Ethnography into the roots of Capoeira Angola’, World of music 2:2 (Issue ‘Transatlantic flows in the Lusophone World’, Berlin: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 2013, pp. 73-98).

'Krieger und Musiker - Geschichte(n) verändern', Musik, Kultur, Wissenschaft: Rostocker Schriften zur Musikwissenschaft und Musikpädagogik, Hebt man den Blick, so sieht man keine Grenzen: Grenzüberschreitung als Paradigma in Kunst und Wissenschaft. eds. Oliver Krämer and Martin Schröder (Essen: Die Blaue Eule, pp. 23-34). 

‘Aus Beobachtung Wissenschaft machen: Empirisch begründete Theoriebildung in der Ethnomusikologie‘, Musik, Kultur, Wissenschaft: Rostocker Schriften zur Musikwissenschaft und Musikpädagogik, Band 1/ Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock, eds. Harmut Möller & Martin Schröder, (Essen: Die Blaue Eule) pp. 235-255.

'Through a glass darkly: Making sense of the empirical data of performance', Journal of Ethnography and Folklore/ Revista de Etnografie si Folclor vol. 55, no 1-2, (Romanian Academy, 2010), pp. 43-56.

'Ohne Hemmung: Lieder der Capoeira im Musikunterricht' ('To hell with the mistakes: Capoeira songs in musical instruction'), Musik und Bildung, vol. 40, no. 4 (2008), pp. 16-23.

' 'Isso é também criar': Os covers no repertório de músicos brasileiros em Lisboa' (' 'Here, I create, too': cover version in the repertoire of Brazilian musicians in Lisbon'), Etno-Folk: Revista Galega de Etnomusicoloxía vol. 3 (2008), pp. 137-147.


'Samba', 'Capoeira', 'Akanga: Westafrikanische Musik und Tanz', CD-ROM Polyphonie der Kulturen: Weltmusik beats aus Rostock, eds. L. Fassnacht and B. Sweers, (Rostock: Bunt statt braun e.V./ Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock, 2008), LC 01795 [52 pages].

Conference Papers

’Joga bonito!`: The challenge of the game in Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira”. 40th Annual Meeting of ASP, entitled “Performing under Pressure”, 29-31/05/2014 Munich.

'Anchoring our research: Transatlantic / interdisciplinary challenges”, Music around the Atlantic Rim. Joint Conference: British Forum for Ethnomusicology and The AHRC Research Networking Project 'Atlantic Sounds: Ships and Sailortowns'. Cardiff University School of Music, October 2013.

'A bow across the ocean: Research on the Afro-Brazilian musical bow berimbau, past and present', Thinking about Comparative Research, Global Histories and Cultural Exchange through Orchestras, IMR, Workshop London, June 2013.

‘Playing the game: A Brazilian Capoeira Mestre in Angola, British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Annual Conference, March 2012.

'Getting the picture: Reflections on filmmaking', British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Annual Conference, April 2011.

'Through a glass darkly: Making sense of empirical data', 25th European Seminar of Ethnomusicology (ESEM), Milton Keynes/UK, September 2009.

'Keeping it real: Possible conflicts between theory and practice in Ethnomusicology', 24th European Seminar of Ethnomusicology (ESEM), Warszawa/Poland, September 2008.

'Get original(s)! Musical models in European Samba Schools and Capoeira groups (Portugal/Germany)', 39th World Conference of the International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM), Vienna/Austria, July 2007.

'Doing 'ethno'? Reflections on being within and outside of the discipline', National Graduate Conference for Ethnomusicology, University of Cambridge/UK, July 2006.

' 'Uma face diferente': Brazilian musicians in Portugal', 22nd European Seminar of Ethnomusicology (ESEM), Jokkmokk/Sweden, July 2006.


Website Review: ‘British Library Archival Sound Recordings: World and Traditional Music [URL:]’, the world of music (new series) vol. 1/1 (2012), (, pp. 189-191.

Review essay: 'Cultural Diversity in the Urban Area: Explorations in Urban Ethnomusicology', eds. U. Hemetek and A. Reyes (Wien: Institut für Volksmusikforschung und Ethnomusikologie, 2007, incl. two audio-CDs) // 'Music from Turkey in the Diaspora', eds. U. Hemetek and H. Sağlam (Wien: Institut für Volksmusikforschung und Ethnomusikologie, 2009, incl. one Audio-CD), in Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft (, vol. 13 (2010), pp. 19-37.

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