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Department of Music Studies


Professor of Ethnomusicology-Musics of the Mediterranean

Sector: Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology

Tel.:0030 2107277935

Room: 925

Floor: 9th




Maria Papapavlou is Professor of Ethnomusicology-Musics of the Mediterranean at the Department of Music Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She was born in Switzerland and studied piano and music theory at the National Conservatory of Athens. She holds a degree from the Department of Philosophy and Social Studies of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Crete (1994) and a PhD from the Institut für Ethnologie of the University of Leipzig, Germany (2000).


Academic Career

She is being teaching at the University of Athens since 2005 and has taught in several Universities in Greece (University of Thrace, University of Thessali, University of Crete and abroad (University of Leipzig, Germany and Norwegian University, Trondheim).


Research interests

Maria Papapavlou conducted extended fieldwork among Gitanos and non Gitanos flamenco artists in Andalusia (Spain). She also conducted fieldwork in the city of Rethymno in Crete investigating the relations between emigrants and the local community, as well as the role of carnival music and dance in the construction of identities. In Athens she conducted field research at Syntagma Square during the 2011 occupy movement focusing on the role of music with contemporary social movements. Her current research interests include the relationship between music and the transcendental, the phenomenology of music and sound, and the historical and ethnographic interactions of Musics of western Mediterranean.



Undergraduate:  Music Cultures of the Mediterranean: South Europe, Music and Politics, Music Cultures of the Mediterranean: North Africa and Musics of the World

Graduate: Graduate Program “Ethnomusicology and Music Anthropology” of the Dept. Music Studies: Methodological Issues



Papapavlou, M. 2022. Music, Sound and Mysticism in the monotheistic traditions of the Mediterranean, Athens: Nissos Editions (in Greek)

Papapavlou, M. 2015. The Experience of Syntagma Square: Music, emotions and new social movements, Athens: Editions of Colleagues (in Greek) 

Papapavlou, M. and Lalioti,V. 2010. ‘Because it’s in our blood’. From Ancient Greek Drama to Flamenco. Returning Anthropology to the field of experience, Athens: Editions Kritiki (in Greek)

Papapavlou, M. 2000. Der Flamenco als Präsentation von Differenz. Gitanos und Mehrheitsbevölkerung Westandalusiens in ethnologischer Perspektive. Cuvillier Verlag, Göttingen.


Publications (selection)

Papapavlou, M. 2013. Music and Trance in Morocco: A critical review, in Ethnologia 15: 227-242 (in Greek)

Papapavlou, Stigga 2013. Le ‘sacré’ et le ‘profane’ dans les musiques marocaines et kabyles, in Music: Function and Value, eds. Malecka, T. and Pawlowska, M. Krakow: Akademia Muzyczna Krakowie, pp.719-737

Papapavlou, M. 2011. Zigeuner in Griechenland. Eine kritische Literaturübersicht, in Tsiganologische Mitteilungen, Griechenland Spezial, 1-13 

Papapavlou, M. 2010. Folklore and folklorism. Convergences and divergences, in Folklore and tradition. In Pavlos Kavouras (ed.), Folklore and tradition. Athens: Editions Nisos (in Greek) 

___________.2010. Mediterranean Music or Musics of the Mediterranean: Ethnomusicological perspectives in the age of globalization. In: A Festschrift in Honor of Yiorgos Amaryianakis, Athens: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Music Studies (in Greek) 

Papapavlou, M. 2009. More Favorite ethnographies, review of the Last Word. Women, Death and Divination in Inner Mani, By N.C.Seremetakis (1991), in American Ethnologist 

_____________.2007. The carnival of Rethymno: an anthropological perspective. In E.  Avdikos (ed.), Crete: Traditional Culture: Localities, resistances, synthesis. Athens: Taxideutis.  229-445. (in Greek) 

_____________. 2006. Book Review of Panopoulos, P. (ed.) (2005). From Music Sound: Anthropological Perspectives, Athens: Alexandria in Diavazo (461):88-9 (in Greek)

______________.2006, Book review of Walter O. Weyrauch (ed.), Gypsy Law: Romani Legal Traditions and Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. 298 pp. ISBN 0–520–22186–9 (pbk), in European Journal of Cultural Studies (9):251-253 

______________2005.Interdisciplinary contacts: The contribution of Anthropology in Education Sciences, Education Sciences 1: 19-38. (in Greek) 

______________ 2004. Contemporary anthropological theory and its contribution in dance studies: From dance as a dance-social event to dance as performative cultural process.  Archaeology and Arts 92 :11-16 (in Greek) 

_______________2004. Culture, Aesthetics and the performance of Gitano identity in the flamenco context of Andalusia.  In E. Avdikos, E. Loutzaki, Ch. Papakostas (eds.), Dance Controversials. Athens: Ellinika Grammata. 39-50. (in Greek) 

_______________ 2003. The City as a Stage: Flamenco in Andalusian Culture. In Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe 3 (2): 14-24.

______________2003.Flamenco y Jerez de la fronteras socioculturales. In Revista de Antropologia Social 12:  143-157. (in Spanish) 

________________.2002. An interdisciplinary approach to the study of sentiments, senses  and aesthetics. Ethnologia 9: 215-240. (in Greek) 

______________, Kopassi, E. 2002. Gypsies and Gypsy Studies: Discourses on Alterities, An Introduction. Ethnologia 8: 9-24. (in Greek) 

________________2001.Flamenco Dance and the Negotiation of Oral History. In A. Raftis  (ed.),  Dance and Oral History.  International Organization of Folk Art. 41-52


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