João Romão is a PhD candidate in musicology at the Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Medienwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (advisor: Professor Sebastian Klotz)
Currently, he is the recipient of a doctoral studentship from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Portugal (2017-2021). 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. More specifically, he is interested in tracing the knowledge transfers occurring in the first two decades of the WDR’s Studio für Elektronische Musik, Cologne.