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Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas | Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av. de Berna, n.º 26 C
1069-061 Lisboa
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Maria Teresa Lacerda is a musician and PhD candidate at the Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos de Música e Dança (INET-md). Previously, she worked as a music teacher (piano and musical expression) in different music schools. In 2015, she earned a degree in Musicology at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA FCSH). A few years later, she completed her Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology (2020) at the same institution, with the dissertation “Music and tourism in Estado Novo: Musical activity in Vidago, a thermal village (1933-1974)“. Currently, she is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at NOVA FCSH. Her dissertation, entitled “«A cidade está deserta»: Ecologias da música ao vivo em tempos de crise” (2021.07820.BD), explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Lisbon’s live music scenes. She was part of the team of research projects such as Timbila, Makwayela and Marrabenta: one century of musical representation of Mozambique (PTDC/CPC-MMU/6626/2014), Sounds of Tourism (PTDC/ART-PER/32417/2017) and YouSound (EXPL/SOC-SOC/0504/2021).
Doctoral Project
«The city is desert»: ecologies of live music in times of crisis
This is a research project on music and crises. In Portugal's recent history, two economic recessions impacted cultural and artistic circles: the sovereign debt crisis from 2010 to 2014 and the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020 to 2022. This ethnography, centered in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, adopts an ecological approach to study live music in an urban context. It identifies the sector's main challenges, aims to ascertain its resilience (James, 2015), reflects on its sustainability (Titon, 2009), and portrays the effectiveness of the cultural policies targeting it. Through dialogue with interlocutors from different musical scenes (Bennett & Peterson, 2004), including burlesque, classical, fado, jazz, street music and pop, multiple facets of everyday life in crisis emerge, such as work, financial and housing challenges, creativity, perception of temporality, gender and sexuality issues (Carmo & d’Avelar, 2020; Kern, 2022; Koskoff, 2014).

Keywords: Live music, COVID-19, City, Cultural policies, Resilience, Sustainability


Funding: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, ref. 2021.07820.BD