Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Network (IPN)

Associated Fellows

Dr. Luis Velasco-Pufleau

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow

Postal Address
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 relationships between music, ethics, and politics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He is also interested in examining the political dimension of sonic agencies, aural memories and wartime sonic environments. Before joining the University of Bern, he has conducted postdoctoral research at the EHESS (Paris) and University of Salzburg, and has been visiting scholar at Ircam (Paris), the University of Oxford and University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw). Luis Velasco-Pufleau is an elected member of the Swiss Young Academy (SYA), the editor of the open access blog Music, Sound and Conflict, and an editorial board member of the journals Transposition and Filigrane

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