Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco is Professor of Ethnomusicology, Director of the Instituto de Etnomusicologia (Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal) and President of the International Council for Traditional Music since 2013. She received her doctorate from Columbia University, taught at New York University (1979-1982), was visiting professor at Columbia University, Princeton University; Tinker Professor at Chicago University and Overseas Visiting Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge University. Carried out field research in Portugal, Egypt and Oman resulting in publications on: cultural politics, musical nationalism, identity, music media, modernity, heritage, and music and conflict. Past academic responsibilities and awards include: 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 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), and the Pro-Author Award of the Portuguese Author’s Society (2010).

Contact: secb@fcsh.unl.pt

Main publications:

With Susana Moreno Fernàndez, Portugal and Spain: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture, Global Music Series, New York and London, Oxford University Press, forthcoming (2018).

With Pedro Roxo, “Jazz, Race and Politics in Colonial Portugal: Discourses and Representations (1924-1971)”, 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.

With Dieter Christensen, Traditional Arts in Southern Arabia: Music and Society in Sohar, Sultante of Oman, Berlin, VWB Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 2009.