Luis Velasco-Pufleau is a musicologist, electroacoustic music composer and guitarist, specialised in the relationship between music and armed conflicts. He is currently postdoctoral researcher at the University of Fribourg and research fellow at the Center for World Music at the University of Hildesheim. In addition, he is a member of the research programme Sortir de la violence (ANR SoV) and the Humanitarian studies platform at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH, Paris). After completing his PhD in Music and musicology at Paris-Sorbonne University in 2011, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), and University of Salzburg, as well as a Balzan visiting fellow at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on political, historical, and aesthetics issues of music and musical practices, in particular related to conflict and violence. He is co-editor of the journal Transposition. Music and social sciences and editor of the open access research blog Music, sound and conflict.

He has been composer in residence at the Château de Lunéville and SCRIME of the University of Bordeaux. He has performed his works at several international contemporary music festivals, museums and contemporary art forums, such as Mixtur (Barcelona), ByPass (Toulouse), MACLA (Bordeaux), Sound/Image (London), the Havana International Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Lenbachhaus (Munich). As guitarist, he is part of the Khimaira Quartet (oud, guitar, acoustic bass and oriental percussion).

Research fields

  1. -Music and musicology of 20th and 21st centuries

  2. -Music in conflict and post-conflict situations

  3. -Music and politics in democracy and authoritarian regimes

  4. -Creative and collaborative practices in music

  5. -Music and identity in war propaganda

  6. -Anthropology of sound

Research and teaching experience

2018 -            University of Fribourg, post-doctoral researcher

2018 -            University of Hildesheim (Center for World Music), research fellow

2015 - 2016 - University of Oxford (Faculty of Music), Balzan visiting fellow

2013 - 2016 - University of Salzburg / FWF Austrian Science Fund, Post-doctoral researcher and part-time lecturer

2012 - 2013 - École des hautes études en sciences sociales (CRAL/EHESS), Post-doctoral researcher

2011 - 2017 - Bordeaux Montaigne University (Arts department), Part-time lecturer


2011 - Paris-Sorbonne University (in collaboration with the UNAM), PhD Music and Musicology

2006 - Bordeaux Montaigne University, MA - Arts

2005 - Bordeaux Montaigne University, MA - Music (Ethnomusicology)

2001 - University of Guadalajara (Mexico), Profesional Medio en Música

Music qualifications

2015 - Bordeaux Conservatory, Diplôme d'Etudes Musicales (DEM) in electroacoustic composition (Prix Sacem)

2008 - Ministry of Culture (France), Diplôme d’Etat (DE) de professeur de musique / guitare

2006 - Agen Conservatory, Advanced guitar degree (Diplôme de Perfectionnement - guitare)

2005 - Paris XVI Conservatory & Bordeaux Conservatory, Diplôme d'Etudes Musicales (DEM) in guitar -
            contemporary chamber music

Artistic projects                                                                                                                                 Publications

© Luis Velasco-Pufleau - 2011-2018

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