Interdisziplinäres Forschungs- und Nachwuchsnetzwerk (IFN)

Assoziierte Fellows

Dr. Luis Velasco-Pufleau

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow

Universität Bern
Phil.-hist. Fakultät
Walter Benjamin Kolleg
CH-3012 Bern

Luis Velasco-Pufleau

Luis Velasco-Pufleau is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the Institute of Musicology and Walter Benjamin Kolleg at the University of Bern, and at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. His research focuses on the relationship between music, ethics, and politics in the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He is also interested in exploring the political dimension of aural memories and wartime sonic environments. He is the editor of the open access research blog Music, Sound and Conflict, an editorial board member of the journal Transposition and a member of the Swiss Young Academy.

Research Project

Political Ontologies of Music: Rethinking the Relationship between Music and Politics in the Twenty-First Century (ONTOMUSIC)

ONTOMUSIC provides an innovative and interdisciplinary theoretical framework to analyse the political and ethical dimensions of contemporary art music in the twenty-first century. It explores the relationship between composers’ ontological assumptions, political thought and ethical concerns. Ontological assumptions are defined as personal or collective assertions about the nature and means of music, which reveal our beliefs on what music is as well as what music can do or accomplish. ONTOMUSIC argues that integrating composers’ ontological assumptions into the exploration of their political or ethical commitments makes possible the study of a broader range of living composers and their views about ethical issues such as social justice, human rights and the environment.

Project website: ONTOMUSIC


Dr. Luis Velasco-Pufleau
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow
University of Bern / McGill University
Research blog Music, Sound and Conflict