Thematic History of Music in Portugal and Brazil


The project “Thematic History of Music in Portugal and Brazil” is devoted to the study of music and musical practices in Portugal, Brazil and the southern Atlantic as a significant, influential part of Western cultural history. Through a meticulous examination of this network of musical exchanges, a narrative that has received limited scholarly attention is gradually unfolding.

This project aims to:

1) develop a large-scale, team-based musicological narrative from the earliest documented records to the present day, covering a geographical area that encompasses European Portugal, its Atlantic islands, its commercial or colonial outposts throughout Central and Western Africa (not restricted to post-colonial borders nor to Lusophone countries), and Brazil, in accordance with historical approaches informed by recent critical debates among the international community;

2) conceive the research do be undertaken from a new perspective, a thematically structured History of Music, placing in relief superimposed chronologies, the dialectics of space, means of transmission, circulation and cultural exchange over the current linear and spatially static paradigms;

3) write a History of Music from the perspective of Portugal and the Atlantic margins of Africa and South America, including, as far as possible, the contribution of non-Western cultures, taking into account post-colonial critique.


References: Manuel Pedro Ferreira, “Beyond Nations: a Thematic History”, Muzikologija / Musicology (Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts) nº 27 (2019), pp. 163-86. DOI: 10.2298/MUZ1927163F


Manuel Pedro Ferreira


Volume Coordinators:

Ideas – Paulo Ferreira de Castro e Diósnio Machado Neto

Cults – João Pedro d’Alvarenga e Fernando Lacerda Duarte

Stages – David Cranmer e Márcio Páscoa

Cerimonials, Learning and SociabilitiesLuísa Cymbron e Alberto Pacheco

Music Media and MediationsPaula Gomes Ribeiro e Heloísa Duarte Valente

Encounters – Manuel Pedro Ferreira e Rogério Budasz


Executive Team:

Alberto Medina de Seiça

Caio Priori dos Santos

Juliana Wady Lopes

Luciano Botelho


Editorial assistant:

Luísa Fonte Gomes