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Department of Music Studies


Position: Laboratory Teaching Staff

Subject Area: Ethnomusicology and Cinema

Sector: Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthrpology

Laboratory: Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthrpology

Reception Days and Hours: By appointment

tel: 2107277383, 6976632050


skype: poulakis.nick


Dr. Nikolaos (Nick) Poulakis is a member of the Special Technical Laboratory Staff of the Laboratory of Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology. He teaches ethnographic film, music and cinema, ethnomusicological archives management, and applied ethnomusicology at the Department of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and serves as a tutor of the course “Greek Music Culture and Education” at the e-Learning Vocational Training Center. He is also an adjunct instructor at the Hellenic Open University, specialized on Greek music, dance, theatre and cinema. He has taught ethnomusicology, film music, ethnographic film and music multimedia at the Department of Popular and Traditional Music at the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus.

He has been a fellow of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Propondis Foundation and the Nippon Foundation. He is a peer reviewer for several academic journals as well as a member of the editorial board of the musicological periodical Polyphonia, the Hellenic Musicological Society, the Hellenic Society of Acoustic Ecology, the European Association of Social Anthropologists – Media Anthropology Network and the International Music and Media Research Group. He has participated in more than 25 research projects concerning music of Thrace, Eastern Macedonia, Corfu and Crete, music museums and archives, Western art music at the times of crisis, video life stories of migrants, internships of musicology students, kid songs analysis, digital music metadata, ethnomusicological films and restoration of musical manuscripts.

Nick Poulakis has participated in contemporary music concerts as an accordion player and a chorister and he has composed about 35 works for various music ensembles, many of which have been performed in Greece and abroad. He has worked as a music editor in major music publishing companies and cultural institutes, he has been teaching music in public and private education and he is artistic director of Iphigenia Manesioti Music School. His academic profile and research interests cover the interdisciplinary area of cultural studies, given special emphasis on music, media, identity and representation.


Selected projects

  1. 2013 – . Greek Folk Music and Culture. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
  2. 2011 – . Museum of Musicians in Crete. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
  3. 2014 – 2015. Western Art Music at the Times of Crisis: An Interdisciplinary Study of Modern Greek Culture and the European Integration. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
  4. 2012 – 2013. Video Life Stories of Migrants. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
  5. 2012 – 2013. Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe (ARIADNE). “Athena” Research and Innovation Center.
  6. 2011 – 2012. Connecting Archaeology and Architecture in Europeana (CARARE). “Athena” Research and Innovation Center.
  7. 2009 – 2011. Comparative Computational Music Analysis of Cretan FolkSongs. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
  8. 2006 – 2008. Canada Exchanges with the Mediterranean: Migration Experiences and their Impact on Nationalism, Trans-Nationalism and Identity. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
  9. 2004 – 2006. Serbian and Greek Music: A Comparative Study. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
  10. 2003 – 2004. Music in the Muslim Minority of Thrace. The “Friends of Music” Society.
  11. 2002 – 2003. Music and Ethnographic Film. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
  12. 1999 – 2003. Traditional Music and Dance of East Macedonia and Thrace. The “Friends of Music” Society.


Selected publications

  1. Poulakis, Nick. 2018. “Music and Dance”. In: Elaine Thomopoulos (ed.), Modern Greece. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. Forthcoming.
  2. Poulakis, Nick. 2018. “Cretan Music and Flows of Movement: From Migration to Download”. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies. Heraklion: Society of Cretan Historical Studies & Historical Museum of Crete. Forthcoming.
  3. Poulakis, Nick. 2018. “Nisiotika” & “Cretan Lyra”. In: Matthew Mihalka & Andrew Martin (eds.), Music around the World: A Global Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. Forthcoming.
  4. Loutzaki, Irene & Nick Poulakis. 2018. “Music and Dance in Old Fests of Kissamos (Crete): From Personal Memories to Museum Exhibits”. In: Proceedings of the 1st Conference on Kissamos. Kissamos: Orthodox Academy of Crete. Forthcoming.
  5. Loutzaki, Irene & Nick Poulakis. 2018. “Greece: Music in History, Culture, and Geography”. In: Janet L. Sturman (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. London & Thousand Oaks: Sage. Forthcoming.
  6. Poulakis, Nick. 2017. “Greek Music and Culture in Distance Education”. In: Learning Design: Conference Proceedings (vol. 6). Athens: Hellenic Open University. 232-239.
  7. Loutzaki, Irene & Nick Poulakis. 2017. “Museums of Intangible Cultural Heritage: Music and Dance Culture in the Service of Education and Local Development”. In: Local Government and Lifelong Learning: Education and Culture as Regional Development Pillars: Conference Proceedings (vol. A). Heraklion: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences. 350-357.
  8. Poulakis, Nick. 2017. “Music Ensembles and Cultural Organizations in Greece during the Economic Crisis: The Politics of Narration and the Construction of Success Stories”. In: Christiana Konstantopoulou (ed.), Narrations of the Crisis. Athens: Papazissis. 181-200.
  9. Poulakis, Nick. 2017. “A Touch of Spice: Postmodern Identities and the Construction of the Other through Film Music”. In: Mikela Fotiou & Tonia Kazakopoulou (eds.), Contemporary Greek Film Cultures from 1990 to the Present. Oxford: Peter Lang. 205-230.
  10. Poulakis, Nick. 2016. “Ethnomusicology in the Audiovisual World: Theoretical and Educational Applications”. In: Enrique Cámara de Landa, Leonardo D’Amico, Matías Isolabella & Terada Yoshitaka (eds.), Ethnomusicology and Audiovisual Communication: Selected Papers from the MusiCam 2014 Symposium. Valladolid: Universidad de Valladolid – Aula de Música. 157-168.
  11. Poulakis, Nick. 2015. “Video Life Stories of Migrants: Reflections on the Project”. International Sociological Association Visual Sociology Newsletter 10: 23-28.
  12. Poulakis, Nick. 2015. “Music, Language and Neo-colonialist Cinematic Discourse: A Critical Ethnomusicological Approach of Avatar”. Musicology 22: 340-347.
  13. Poulakis, Nick. 2014. “Observation Techniques, Ethnomusicology” & “Fieldwork”. In: William F. Thompson (ed.), Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. London & Thousand Oaks: Sage. 821-823 & 467-469.
  14. Poulakis, Nick. 2013. “Ethnomusicology, Anthropology and Cinema: On Two Filmic Representations of the Rebetiko”. Ethnology 15: 183-204.
  15. Poulakis, Nick. 2011. “Music and Image in Dialogue: Audiovisual Media as Multicultural Education”. Review of Artistic Education 1-2: 128-134.
  16. Poulakis, Nick. 2010. “Rebetiko: Folk Mythology and Ideology”. In: Vassilis Vamvakas & Panagis Panagiotopoulos (eds.), Greece in the 80s: Society, Politics and Culture Lexicon. Athens: Το Perasma. 507-509.
  17. Poulakis, Nick. 2008. “Musical Folklore in a Greek Mass Media:  A Case Study of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation”. In: Mirjana Veselinović-Hofman (ed.), Musical Folklore as a Vehicle? Belgrade: Signature. 187-194.


Personal webpages



  1. Ethnographic Cinema and Documentary
  2. Music and Cinema: Anthropological Approaches
  3. Organization and Management of Ethnomusicological Archives
  4. Applied Ethnomusicology