About us

CESEM–Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music is a research unit based at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. CESEM is devoted to the study of music and its correlation with other arts, culture and society, incorporating various approaches and making use of the latest perspectives and methodologies in Social and Human Sciences.

These are the general aims of CESEM:

  • Create a suitable environment for teamwork, organised to tackle the identified scientific needs and priorities;
  • Support the research interests of its members and their participation in international professional venues, and the publication of the research results;
  • Promote new collaborative research projects that deepen the knowledge and dissemination of Portuguese, Iberian and Latin American themes;
  • Create new research tools, applications, and databases, allowing the international academic community to study local repertoires and other little explored objects as well as promoting the role of Music in contemporary Portuguese life;
  • Foster a renewed atmosphere of research and debate, bringing its members together in a dynamic musicological community capable of maintaining excellence in postgraduate studies in Music.

CESEM does not privilege, benefit, prejudice or deprive of any right, nor exempts from any duty any members and collaborators based on their heritage, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family circumstances, economical status, level of education, ethnic origin or social condition, genetic heritage, limited capacity – handicap, chronic disease – nationality, spoken language, religion, political and ideological convictions or union membership.

The Early Music Studies Research Group of CESEM currently brings together 35 senior and junior researchers and graduate students from seven different nationalities as integrated members and collaborators. It focuses on music up to the early eighteenth century, known, performed or preserved in the Iberian Peninsula and former overseas colonies, particularly that related to Portugal, with the aim of integrating knowledge of it in international musicological consciousness and discourse on early music. This includes the identification of relevant historical sources, musical or non‐musical, and their comprehensive study, making materials available through traditional media or the Internet and publishing musical collections and specific repertories. It also implies an assessment of their social, cultural and geographical contexts, research into related aesthetic, theoretical and interpretative issues and the recovery of these repertories for performance. The group also fosters interdisciplinary training at an advanced level leading to an understanding and treatment of the sources and their contents. The working ethics of this group is based on the promotion of national and international cooperation, as well as open access to sources collected and the results of research.



General Coordination

Manuel Pedro Ferreira


Organising Committtee

João Pedro d’Alvarenga

Océane Boudeau

Zuelma Chaves

Esperanza Rodríguez-Garcia

Andrew Woolley


Programme Committee

Luísa Correia Castilho

Elsa De Luca

Maricarmen Gómez

Bernadette Nelson

Filipe Mesquita de Oliveira

Santiago Ruiz-Torres

Alberto Medina de Seiça

Pedro Sousa Silva


Management Team

Vera Inácio

Cristiana Vicente


Technical Coordination

Rui Araújo