João Romão

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow
Visiting Predoctoral Fellows are candidates for a doctorate at an accredited university who are externally financed by the home university or other fellowship.
Max Planck Research Group (Epistemes of Modern Acoustics)
MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
January 8, 2017 to February 29, 2020

João Romão is a PhD candidate in musicology at the Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Medienwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (advisor: Professor Sebastian Klotz). He holds a BA (2010) and MA (2013) in musicology from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH-NOVA). Since 2009, he has been involved in several research projects and research groups at the Research Center for Sociology and Aesthetics of Music (CESEM, FCSH-NOVA), on the sociology of music, music criticism, music and institutions of the twentieth century, and music and gender. He was president of the Portuguese Society of Music Research (SPIM) from 2013 to 2015, and from 2014 to 2015 he was on the editorial board of the Portuguese political magazine Rubra, where he frequently wrote opinion articles concerning cultural policies and institutions.

João Romão’s current research focuses on the interfaces between postwar New Music, technology, and natural sciences. Using the methodological tools of actor-network theory and media archaeology, he is reassembling the collaborative experimental systems of knowledge and creativity during the first decades of the WDR’s Studio für Elektronische Musik, Cologne. He embeds these in larger cultures and aesthetics of experimentalism in arts and science, moving to different spaces and historical times in order to enhance understanding of research on the perception, shape, and nature of sounds in the “modern Constitution.”


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science 
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14195 Berlin