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I studied Musicology, Philosophy and German literature at the University of Cologne and graduated with my M.A. thesis on the semiotics of sound in recording studios. Since 2015, I am pursuing my PhD on Cape Verdean Music, specifically on the tradition of Kolá San Jon on the islands of São Vicente and Santo Antão.

For SONACT, I am working as a pre-doc researcher in the DFG-project "Sounding Memories: Nazi Persecution and Anti-Nazi Resistance in the Music of Contemporary Germany" at the University of Cologne in which I am responsible for the sub-project "Musical Memorializations of the Sinti und Roma Minority".


Research interests

Ethnomusicology, music of the Sinti and Roma, Cape Verdean music, popular music, music and cultural memory, music and globalization, rhythmanalysis


Fieldwork experience

Cape Verde (2015, 2016 and 2017)

Middle Europe, focussing on Sinti and Roma (2017 and ongoing)




(2017) "The culture of migration – Parallels between urban architecture and rock music in Cape Verde." Voices from around the world, 17(2).

(2015)"Killing the distance: Eine musikethnologische Untersuchung der Konstruktion von Nähe im Tonstudio." in Wolf-Dieter Ernst, Arno Mungen, Nora Niethammer und Berenika Szymanski-Düll (eds.), Sound und Performance: Positionen – Methoden – Analysen, pp 511-525. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann.