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Critical theory and communication

GTCC promotes interdisciplinary approaches to practices, processes and musical behaviors in a social sense – discussing the technologies, discourses and mechanisms of power that advise them -, as well as incorporating this inquiry into the frameworks of contemporary thinking within the social sciences. The group establishes itself as a forum for discussion, seeking to establish cross-disciplinary academic and artistic areas, and to promote the creation of internationally fracturing knowledge. Both inclusion and scientific support to young researchers, alongside with teamwork, are particularly valued. The team promotes the regular exchange of information among its members, who are invited to present and discuss their work at an annual meeting between April and July.

The production of the group is not restricted to a given historical period, to a geographic space, to a thematic area or to the use of a circumscribed set of methods. Its activities are defined by: the exercise of critical thinking; the use of advanced and interdisciplinary research methods and strategies within the social sciences; the diversity of objects of study; the informed intersection of approaches and points of view. All of them can be globally characterized by a dialogical and dialectical orientation.

Among other topics and issues, the group develops the study of discourse and musical representations as social and power mechanisms, as well as fracturing issues in the fields of sociology, semiotics, communication, iconography and music philosophy or artistic research (aimed at, among other aspects, vectors and expressions of culture – musical sound and visual -, sound and musical expressions in specific spaces and social arrangements, celebrity and fandom, Opera, intertextuality and intermedialidade, Multimedia, internet, television and cinema, gender, new creative industries, dynamic interactivity, cyberculture and internet, movement and musical communication…). The researchers that constitute the JSWG explore epistemological problems that also aim at musicological discipline, observing their practices and ideologies, institutional organization, paradigms and ways of building knowledge. The study of the phenomena of composition production and that of the relationship between music and the various arts, media and cultural practices, is central to the group’s concerns and can be found in several studies carried out or ongoing in the fields of literature, theater, dance, visual arts, cinema, video, cyber arts, video games, television, internet, opera, among others.

The researchers of the present team integrate themselves in networks of international academic cooperation and stimulate a diversity of actions of knowledge dissemination, as well as observable situations in the scientific and artistic productivity of the group.

Some areas, topics and research problems of the group are:

  • Music Philosophy
  • Music
  • Sociology
  • Musical Iconography
  • Music, media and communication
  • Music Semiotics
  • Intertextuality and music intermediate
  • Performance and artistic research
  • Cultural history of music
  • Music, literature, visual arts
  • Studies of sound and image as culture
  • Music, cyber-culture and cyber arts
  • Music in audiovisuals
  • Anthropology of music
  • Music, politics and power
  • Epistemology of musical sciences
  • Musical theater, multimedia, staging and drama
  • Music in video-games
  • Musical taste and social stratification
COORDINATOR: Paula Gomes-Ribeiro

Ana Brinca (Post-Doc FCT Fellow)

Ana Paixão

Bruno Soeiro

Fernando Fontes

Gabriel Rezende

Guilhermina Lopes

Heloísa Valente

Jelena Novak (Post-Doc FCT Fellow)

João Madureira

João Pedro Cachopo (Marie-Curie Fellow)

Katrin Stöck

Ladan Eftekhari

Luís Correia de Sousa

Luís Soldado (Post-Doc FCT Fellow)

Nuno Vieira de Almeida

Manuela Toscano

Maria João dos Santos das Neves

Mário Vieira de Carvalho

Paulo Ferreira de Castro

Ricardo Guerreiro

Tânia Valente


Andréa Luisa Teixeira

Bernardo Mariano

Bruno Caseirão

Cesário Costa

Daniel Bruno Schvetz

Edward Luiz Ayres d’Abreu (FCT Fellow)

Francisco Pessanha (FCT Fellow)

Helena Braga

Isabel Pina (Doctoral Programme Fellow)

Joana Freitas (Research Fellow)

João Romão (FCT Fellow)

João Quinteiro (FCT Fellow)

José Julio Lopes

Júlia Durand (PhD FCT Fellow)

Luís Miguel Santos (FCT Fellow)

Mariana Calado (FCT Fellow)

Ricardo Lopes

Rosa Paula Rocha Pinto

Rui Magno Pinto

Sónia Duarte


João Francisco Porfírio

José Brandão

Nicholas McNair


André Malhado (BI SociMus)

Bárbara Raposo

Fábio Rodrigues (BIC Fellow)

Filipa Cruz (Euterpe Project Fellow)

Inês Henriques

Lívia Sabag

Maria Fernandes

Marília Moledo

Rodrigo Lourenço

Vasco Completo


Nicola Bizzo

Pedro Macedo Camacho


João Tojeira (GTCC/SociMus intern)

Marcelo Franca (BIC Fellow)

Tiago Fonseca (GTCC volunteer)


Angela Portela

Hugo Paquete

Filipe Gaspar


Daniel Camalhão

Luís Espírito Santo

Teresa Ferreira (INET-MD)

Interns & Volunteers in Past Years

Beatriz Carvalho

Inês Crespo

João Pinto

João Romão

Manuel Cardoso

Minerva Martins

Rodrigo Lourenço

Sara Costa