Prof. Dr. Christine Dettmann

Christine Dettmann


Christine Dettmann holds the equivalent of a Master’s degree in Music, Philosophy and Portuguese, which she obtained at universities in Rostock (Germany). She continued her studies in Lisbon (Portugal) at the Universidade Nova, where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology, whilst preparing her PhD project about migrant Brazilian musicians in the Portuguese capital. From 2010-13, she participated in an AHRC-funded interdisciplinary project organised by the University of Essex’s History department, through which she undertook fieldwork trips to rural Southwestern Angola as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2014, she embarked on a professorship in Ethnomusicology at the University of Music and Theatre in Munich (Germany). Since then, she has taught a wide range of music-related topics, and contributed to broadening the musical horizons of future musicians and music pedagogues who are studying Western classical music. Recently, Christine finished her manuscript, entitled “A Bow Across the Ocean: Ancestry, Capoeira and Angola” (2023) which, amongst other things, provides the first comprehensive overview of repertoires played on the Angolan gourd-resonated musical bow known as the mbulumbumba, locating them within a patriarchal world view of an agro-pastoral society. She is currently preparing an ethnography about traditional cultural expressions of Muhumbi agropastoralists, living in the province of Cunene.

Christine’s research and teaching interests include studies of sound, migration, sustainability, music and memory, decolonizing the (ethno)musicology classroom, unearthing sonic archives and resolving questions of ethnography in diverse settings and media.

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