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Since 2020 I am Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Ionian University, Greece. I graduated from the department of Social Anthropology and Social Policy, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece and earned my MMUS in Ethnomusicology (with distinction) and PhD in Ethnomusicology from the Music Department, Goldsmiths’ College, University of London.
I started teaching in tertiary education in 2006 and my first post was directing a Master’s Course in Ethnomusicology at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick for 2 years. Since 2009 I have been teaching in the Greek Tertiary Education as Academic Associate (equivalent to the position of Assistant Professor in a music department, a social anthropology department and a department of tourism and culture. My teaching experience in music departments has made me to accept Cook’s famous conclusion ‘we are all musicologists now’ reformulated later as ‘we are all ethnomusicologists now’ that depicts the convergence of musicology and ethnomusicology, a concept that I apply in my academic work.
I have conducted numerous fieldwork studies in diverse political and cultural research backgrounds including Iran, former Yugoslavia, Ireland, and Greece. During my masters’ and doctoral studies, I conducted long term ethnographic fieldwork in Iran investigating issues related to music and politics, music censorship, music and human rights, embodiment and resistance, and performance and creativity in Iranian classical music. I have been involved in several large scale research projects undertaken by the National Centre for Social Research in 2013 and 2015, and have thus acquired a rich experience in working as a scholar as part of a highly skilled research team. My main areas of research interest include performance practice and theory, music creativity, organology, research methods, ethnography, embodiment in performance and research, auditory culture, applied ethnomusicology, music censorship, and music and politics. Music genres that I have researched, written and taught include the classical music of the Middle East (Arab, Iranian and Turkish), Balkan hip-hop, Greek popular music and Irish traditional music.
I have a strong passion for performance, as a music-making practice and artistic musical expression, as well as research technique and object of ethnomusicological research and have published several articles on this subject. My interest in performance is both scholarly and personal. I learned to perform on the tombak (goblet shaped drum) in Iran with the eminent Bahman Rajabi, among others; I also perform on various types of frame drums (daf, bendir/dayre) and have had long term collaborations performing music genres of the Middle East (Iranian classical music, Turkish classical music, Greek rebetiko music) with renowned musicians, including Ross Daly and his ensemble Labyrinth. Today I am member of the Intercultural Orchestra at the National Opera House, conducted by Harris Lambrakis.
I have a long-standing experience in organizing and managing events (lectures, seminars, workshops, music concerts, exhibitions, as a scholar and practitioner. I have also been involved as a practitioner in multiple and diverse projects run by international NGOs/NPOs, research centres, associations and international organizations. This experience in the non-governmental and non-academic sector has afforded me with many transferrable skills necessary for the post of the Associate Professor, such as organizational, leadership and managerial skills, as well as reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills.
Besides English and Greek, I speak Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slavic-Macedonian and Farsi (modern Persian).
Tel: +30 26710-92855