Dieter Christensen

Dieter Christensen, an eminent ethnomusicologist and a longtime faculty member of the Department of Music at Columbia University and Director of Columbia's Center for Ethnomusicology, passed away in Berlin, Germany on February 28, 2017.  Born on April 17, 1932 in Berlin, Professor (Emeritus) Christensen had a seminal role in advancing ethnomusicology in the United States and internationally, as a scholar, an editor, a teacher of graduate students, an archivist, and in particular as the longtime Secretary General of the International Council for Traditional Music (1981-2001) and editor of its journal, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, during the same period. Prof. Christensen -- known as "DC" to his colleagues and students -- was primarily trained by Prof. Kurt Reinhard at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he earned a PhD in 1957 in comparative and historical musicology and anthropology.  He went on work at the world-renowned Berlin Phonogramm Archiv at the Museum für Völkerkunde, at first under Reinhard and eventually rising to the positions of Curator and Director between 1958 and 1971, while also teaching at the Freie Universität and conducting important field research and recording work in Bosnia and Macedonia, Turkey and Iran (Kurdish music, Prof. Christensen's particular passion), Mexico, and elsewhere. 

 Prof. Christensen's archival expertise led to Columbia University hiring him in 1971, while he was in the US on a visiting appointment at Wesleyan University, as a consultant  to evaluate the recently acquired "Laura Boulton Collection of Liturgical and Traditional Music" and to advise the faculty in the early stages of a new PhD program in Ethnomusicology developed in the late 1960s by Prof. Willard Rhodes, Prof. Nicholas England, and Prof. Jack Beeson (Department Chair).  By 1972 his deep level of expertise led Columbia to hire him as a tenured Professor and as the first faculty member to Direct the (then) Center for Studies in Ethnomusicology (later "Center for Ethnomusicology") and to lead the fledgling PhD program in the discipline. 

For the next 30 years until his retirement to Germany in 2002, Prof. Christensen energetically made Columbia an important site for ethnomusicological research and communication, training a series of students as his direct advisees who went on to make major contributions to the field, including Adelaida Reyes, Barbara Hampton, (the late) Linda Fujie, Maria de Sao Jose Corte-Real, Dawn Norfleet, Janet Sturman, Salwa EL-Shawan Castelo-Branco, Joao Filipe De Carvalho, Lois Wilcken, Leslie Gay, John Murphy, (the late) Sviatoslav Podstavsky, and Luis Magalhaes (it is worth noting the remarkable diversity of this list during an era in which professional American academic musicology was overwhelmingly dominated by white males), and shaping the scholarship of many more, building the Center for Ethnomusicology into a distinguished institution in the field, and shaping the International Council for Traditional Music into the major force it has become, while editing its journal in collaboration with his wife Nerthus Christensen. (Nerthus, who passed away in 2003, and whom Prof. Christensen loved very deeply, was herself a vibrant presence at Columbia and in the discipline, and a friend to many students and faculty members and a lifelong collaborator with Prof. Christensen on his recordings and publications.)

Prof. Christensen, who combined expertise in musical theory and transcription with rigorous approaches to ethnography, social scientific theory, and intellectual history, published many works of primary field research and field recordings -- he was a passionate fieldworker and recordist -- and made major contributions to the intellectual history of the discipline(s) of comparative musicology and ethnomusicology, which was his other passionate scholarly interest, contributing an important international perspective and sense of historical consciousness to American ethnomusicology in its formative years. A list of his publications follows this obituary below. Most recently, in collaboration with his prominent student and longtime collaborator Salwa EL-Shawan Castelo-Branco, he published the 2009 book Traditional Arts in Southern Arabia Music and Society in Sohar -- Sultanate of Oman (Berlin: Verlag für Wissenchaft und Bildung) a magisterial long-term ethnographic study based on over 20 years of collaborative fieldwork, and the first major academic monographic study of Omani traditional music.  Prof. Christensen pursued new work in his final years on Kurdish music, a subject on which has has published over 20 papers over the decades, working both with refugees in Germany and in northern Iraq. As someone who had experienced a boyhood shaped by war and violence in 1940s Berlin, he was committed in his last years to challenging the oppression of Kurds both in their homeland and in their German diaspora, speaking out frequently on the subject in print and in person. 

The Center for Ethnomusicology, The Department of Music, and the community of Columbia ethnomusicology wish to express our condolences to Prof. Christensen's family, friends, colleagues, and collaborators. We do not have an address to which condolences may be sent, but if you wish to do so, please send them to "Center for Ethnomusicology, Department of Music, MC 1813, Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, NY NY 10027" and we will forward them on when we have more information. Electronic messages may be sent to Prof. A. Fox at aaf19 [at] and will be similarly handled. 

-- For those wishing to mark Prof. Christensen's passing, we suggest a donation in his name to the highly rated, non-partisan London-based NGO Kurdish Human Rights Project. 

-- Obituary written by Aaron Fox, please contact at aaf19 [at] with any corrections or suggestions.

Publications by Prof. Dieter Christensen

1957 Die Musik der Kate und Sialum. Beiträge zur Ethnographie Neuguineas. Berlin: Freie Univ. 126 pp., music.

1959 Heterogene Musikstile in dem Dorf Gabela (Herzegovina). Bericht über den 7. internationalen musikwissenschaftlichen Kongress Köln, 1958. pp.79-82.

1959 Notizen zur kurdischen Töpferei. Baessler-Archiv, N.F.7:351-59. (with Nerthus Christensen)

1960 Inner tempo and melodic tempo. Ethnomusicology 4:9-14.

1961a Kurdische Brautlieder aus dem Vilayet Hakkari, Südost-Türkei. Journal of the International Folk Music Council 13: 70-72.

1961b [Review of] Fritz Bose, Die Musik der Chibcha und ihrer heutigen Nachkommen. In: Internationales Archive fur Ethnographie 48,2,1958, pp.149-98. Baessler-Archiv, N.F.8: 261-62.

1962a Melodiestile am mittleren Sepik (Neuguinea). Baessler-Archiv, N.F.10: 9-44.

1962b [Review of] Erich Stockmann, Zur Sammlung und Untersuchung albanischer Volksmusik. In: Acta Musicologica 32, 1960. Journal of the International Folk Music Council 14:140.

1962c [Review of] W.-D. Hütteroth, Bergnomaden und Yaylabauern im mittleren kurdischen Taurus. Marburg 1959. Sociologus, N.F. 12:88-89.

1962d [Review of] Walter Salmen, Die Volksliedforschung in Deutschland und Österreich seit 1955. In: Zeitschrift fur Volkskunde 56, 1960. Journal of the International Folk Music Council 14: 139.

1963 Tanzlieder der Hakkari-Kurden. Jahrbuch fur musikalische Volks- und Völkerkunde 1:11-47.

1964a Old musical styles in the Ellice Islands, Western Polynesia. Ethnomusicology 8:34-40.

1964b [Review of] Ali A. Modjtabawi, Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft in Manutschehrabad. Studie über eine junge Dorfgemeinschaft in Luristan. Phil.Diss. Köln 1960. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 89:116-18.

1964 Die Musik der Ellice-Inseln. Berlin: Veröffentlichungen des Museums fur Völkerkunde Berlin. N.F.5, Abt. Südsee 2. 246 pp., music, 7" record. (with Gerd Koch)

1965a Kurdish folk music from Western Iran . New York : Ethnic Folkways Library FE 3103. LP with 19 pp.

1965b [Review of] Deutsche Gesellschaft für Musik des Orients. Mitteilungen Nos.1-3. Hamburg 1962-64. Journal of the International Folk Music Council 17, part 1:60.

1965c [Review of] Journal of the International Folk Music Council 15. 1963. Musikforschung 18:435-36.

1965d [Review of] Nouvelle Guinee. BAM EX 294. Nouvelle Guinee. No.2. Sepik. BAM EX 612. Journal of the International Folk Music Council 17, part 1:77.

1966 [Review of] Musik des Orients. UNESCO-Reihe, hrsg. v. Alain Danielou. Laos, Kambodscha, Afghanistan, Iran I, Iran II.Bärenreiter BM 30 L 2001-5. Jahrbuch fur musikalische Volks- und Völkerkunde 2:131-32.

1966 Die Töpferei von San Martin Totoltepec. Zeitschrift fur Ethnologie 91:248-86. (with Nerthus Christensen)

1967a Die Musik der Kurden. Mitteilungen der Berliner Gesellschaft fur Anthropologie, Ethnologie, und Urgeschichte 1: 113-19.

1967b Zur Mehrstimmigkeit in kurdischen Wechselgesängen. In: Festschrift Walter Wiora. Kassel: Bärenreiter. Pp.171-77.

1967c [Review of] Bruno Nettl, Folk and traditional music of the Western continents. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1965. Ethnomusicology 11:128-29.

1967d [Review of] Celila Celil, Kurdskie Narodnye Pesni (Kurdish Folk songs). Moskva: Izdatel'stvo Muzyka, 1965. Journal of the International Folk Music Council 19:131-32.

1967e [Review of] Deutsches Jahrbuch für Volkskunde vol.11,1 and 2, 1965, & vol.12,1, 1966. Journal of the International Folk Music Council 19:152-53.

1967f [Review of] Doris Stockmann, Wilfried Fiedler, Erich Stockmann, Albanische Volksmusik. Band 1. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1965.Jahrbuch für musikalische Volks- und Völkerkunde 3: 142-43.

1967g [Review of] Musikgeschichte in Bildern, Bd.1, Lieferung 1, Paul Col- laer, Ozeanien. Leipzig, 1965. Musikforschung 20:339-41.

1968a Musikwissenschaftliche Forschungen in Mexiko. In: Das Mexiko-Projekt der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft. Wiesbaden, vol. 1, pp. 131-38.

1968b Volks- und Hochkunst in der Vokalmusik der Kurden. In: Volks- und Hochkunst in Dichtung und Musik. Tagungsbericht Colloquium Univ. Saarbrücken 1966. Witterschlick bei Bonn. Pp. 128-31.

1968c [Review of] Wolfgang Suppan, Volkslied, seine Sammlung und Erforschung. Stuttgart, 1966. Ethnomusicology 12:162-63.

1968d Mikronesier (Gilbert-Inseln). Encyclopaedia Cinematographica. E 915-20. Göttingen. (Brochures for ethnographic films, with Gerd Koch.)

1969a On the preservation of Arab music. In: Report on the 2nd International Conference on Arab Music, Cairo.

1969b [Review of] Jahrbuch fur Volksliedforschung 12, 1967. Ethnomusicology 13:382-83.

1970a Lieder von Siar und Geraged, Neuguinea. In: Musik als Gestalt und Erlebnis. Festschrift Walter Graf. Wien: Bohlau. pp.15-23. (=Wiener Musikwissenschaftliche Beiträge 9:15-23.

1970b [Review of] Robert Stevenson, Music in Aztec and Inca Territory. Berkeley: U.of California Press, 1968. Musikforschung 23:227-28.

1970c [Review of] Yugoslav Folk Music. Lyrichord LLST 7189.[1968]. Ethnomusicology 14:198-99.

1970d Katalog der Tonbandaufnahmen M1-M2000. Berlin: Musikethnologische Abteilung, Museum fur Völkerkunde Berlin. 355 pp.

1971 [Review of] Jaap Kunst, Music in New Guinea. The Hague: Nijhoff, 1967. Yearbook of the International Folk Music Council 2:177-78.

1972 [Review of] Inter-American Institute for Musical Research. Anuario. Vols.1-3, 1965-67. New Orleans: Tulane University. Jahrbuch für musikalische Volks- und Völkerkunde 6:97-99.

1974 Oceanic Peoples, Arts of, Music and Dance. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th ed. (with Adrienne Kaeppler.)

1975a Ein Tanzlied der Hakkari-Kurden und seine Varianten. Baessler-Archiv 23:195-215.

1975b Musical style and social context in Kurdish songs. Asian Music 6: 1-6.


1975c Vorwort/Preface. Hornbostel Opera Omnia, vol.I. The Hague : Nijhoff. Pp. ix-xxii. (with Hans-Peter Reinecke and Klaus Wachsmann.)

1976a Der Ring aus Tlalocan: Mythen und Gebete, Lieder und Erzahlungen der heutigen Nahua in Verracruz und Puebla, Mexico (with Luis Reyes Garcia et alii). Berlin: Mann. 157 pp., 45 rpm disc.


1976b [Review of] Wolfgang Laade, Musik der Götter, Geister und Menschen. Baden-Baden 1975. Tribus 26:166-67.

1977a Kategorien mehrstimmiger Lieder des Dorfes Gabela, Herzegovina. Musikforschung 30: 30-42.

1977b Kategorien mehrstimmiger Lieder des Dorfes Gabela, Herzegovina. In: Essays for a Humanist. An Offering to Klaus Wachmann. New York: Town House Press, pp. 105-120.

1977c [Review of] Laurence Picken, Folk musical instruments of Turkey. London 1975. Notes 33:586-87.

1977d [Review of] Max Schneider, Musikwissenschaft und Kulturkreislehre. Bonn, 1976. Ethnomusicology 21:502-05.

1978a Kurdisk Musik. Solmann's Musiklexicon.

1978b [Review of] Max Peter Baumann, Musikfolklore und Musikfolklorismus. Winterthur, 1976. Yearbook of the International Folk Music Council9:112-13.

1978c El Anillo de Tlalocan. Mitos, oraciones, cantos y cuentos de los Nawas actuales. Berlin: Gebr. Mann. 157 pp., record. (with Luis Reyes Garcia et al..)

1979 On editorial policy. Ethnomusicology 23:504-06.

1980a Micronesia: Kiribati (Gilbert Islands). New Grove vol.12, pp.275-76.

1980b Polynesia: Tuvalu (Ellice Islands). New Grove vol.15, pp.69-70.

1983a In Memoriam George Herzog 1901-1983. Bulletin of the ICTM 63:2.

1983b [Review of] Max Peter Baumann, Bibliographie zur ethnomusikologischen Literatur der Schweiz. Winterthur, 1981. Yearbook for Traditional Music 14:138.

1984a In memoriam Klaus P. Wachsmann. Yearbook for Traditional Music 16:ix-x.

1984b [Review of] Rüdiger Schumacher, Die Suluk-Gesänge des Dalang im Schattenspiel Zentraljavas. München 1980. (NGOMA 7). Musikforschung 37:324-25.

1984c [Review of] "Jüüzli": Jodel of the Muotatal. Coll.CNRS/Musée de l'Homme. Le Chant du Monde LDX 74716. Yodel of Appenzell. Unesco Collection.Philips 6586044. Ethnomusicology 28:372-74.

1985 Archives of Traditional Music: their organization, and their roles in research, education, and the mass media. Symposium on Omani Traditional Music, Muscat, October 1985. Proceedings.

1987 Sootnozhenie mezhdy tradicionnim muzikalnim ispolneniem i stilem, syshshestvujushshee v vostochnoi chasti turcii. In: Tradicii Muzikalnix Kultur.Moscow: Sovietskii Kompozitor. Pp. 41-43.

1988a Afterword. In: Hol' my hand .....Kingston, Jamaica: Institute of Jamaica. Pp. 1890-91.

1988 The International Folk Music Council and 'the Americans': On the effects of stereotypes on the institutionalization of ethnomusicology. Yearbook for Traditional Music 20:11-18.

1990b Nase Pjesme. Music from Gabela, Hercegovina, Yugoslavia. Berlin: Staatliche Museen. (=Museum Collection Berlin 2). 28 pp., phono record.

1990 El Anillo de Tlalocan: mitos, oraciones, cantos y cuentos de los Nawas actuales de los estados de Veracruz y Puebla . Mexico: CIESAS - Fondo de Cultura Economica. 133 p., ill. 2nd ed. en espanol. (with Luis Reyes Garcia.)

1991a [Review of] Hassan Habib Touma, Die Musik der Araber. 1989. Ethnomusicology 35: 148-50.

1991b Erich M. von Hornbostel, Carl Stumpf, and the institutionalization of Comparative Musicology. In B. Nettl and Ph. Bohlman, eds., Comparative Musicology. Chicago: U. of Chicago Press. Pp. 201-09.

1991c Traditional music, Nationalism, and musicological research. In: M.P.Baumann, ed., Music in the Dialogue of Cultures. Wilmhelmshaven: Noetzel. Pp. 215-23. (=Intercultural Music Studies 2)

1992a Willard Rhodes 1901-1992. Yearbook for Traditional Music 24: xii-xiii.

1992b Worlds of Music, Music of the World. The case of Oman. In: M.P. Baumann, ed., World Music - Musics of the World. Wilhelmshaven: Noetzel. Pp. 107-122. (=Intercultural Music Studies 3)

1992c Preface. In: Alice M. Moyle, ed., Music and Dance of Aboriginal Australia and the South Pacific. Sydney: U. of Sydney Press. (=Oceania Monograph 41.)

1993 Traditional Arts of Oman . Compact disc with booklet.Paris: UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music.

1994a Oman, ethnomusicology, and the history of music. In: Publications of the Oman Centre for Traditional Music. Vol.1. Pp. 55-59. Wilhelmshaven: Noetzel.

1994b On ethnomusicology, multimedia, and epistemology. ERD 186: 49-123.

1994 Dictionary of Omani Traditional Arts, being a revised translation of Youssef Shawqi's Mu'ajam musiqa 'Uman al-taqlidiyah. Wilhelmshaven: Noetzel. (=Intercultural Music Studies 5.) 224 pp., 27 color plates.

1995 Music making in Sohar: Arts and society in al-Batinah of Oman. Publications of the Oman Centre for Traditional Music, vol. 2, pp.67- 80.

1996a [Review of] Collection Simon Jargy, A Musical Anthology of the Arabian Peninsula. Archives Internationales de la Musique Populaire AIMP 30-33. Ethnomusicology 40: 356-58.

1996b Ethnomusicologists' Innocence Lost. Yearbook for Traditional Music 28: iv-vi.

1996c Hakkari kürtlerinin dans şarkıiları. DANS MÜZIK KÜLTÜR ( Istanbul) 62: 245-280.

1996d Hakkari kürtlerinin dans şarkıiları. In: NEYAN, IYADI, TATSUMURA, MUTLU, POCHE, CHRISTENSEN, MOMITAS: KÜRT MÜZIGI (Istanbul: Avesta Yayinlari) pp. 71-108.

1997a On the post-Venitian music history of a village in the Hercegovina. Anthropological-ethnomusicological perspectives. Musica e Storia 5: 263-72.

1997b Hugo Riemann and the shaping of musicology: an ethnomusicological perspective, in Ch-H.Mahling and R.Seiberts, eds., Festschrift Walter Wiora, pp.34-43. Tutzing: Hans Schneider. (=Mainzer Studien zur Musikwissenschaft 35)

1997c Kurden. In: Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. 2nd Edition. Bd. 5, 626-35.Kassel: Bärenreiter

1997d On object and methodology in music research: Concepts of music and paths of inquiry in 'historical' and 'comparative' musicology, in Ch-H. Mahling and S. Münch, eds., Ethnomusicology and Historical Musicology. Tutzing: Hans Schneider.(=Mainzer Studien zur Musikwissenschaft 36)

1997e Musikethnologie. In: Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. 2nd Edition. Bd. 6, 1259-62, 1265-67, 1270-72, 1277-78. 1280. Kassel: Bärenreiter

1997f Cross-cultural processes in music: Directions of research. In S. E. Castelo-Branco, ed., Portugal and the World: The Encounter of Cultures in Music. Lisbon: Publicações Dom Quixote. Pp. 45-59.

1997g Omanische Musik.In: Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. 2nd Edition. Bd. 7, 626-35.

1998a Tuvalu. Garland Encyclopaedia vol. 9 pp. 828-31.

1998b Tempo. Garland Encyclopaedia vol. 9 pp. 290-91.

1998c [Review of] Solomon Islands: 'Are'are Panpipe Ensembles. Le Chant du Monde LDX-961.62. Yearbook for Traditional Music 30: 214.

1998d [Review of] Solomon Islands: The Sounds of Bamboo. Multicultural Media MCM-3007. Yearbook for Traditional Music 30: 215.

1999a Editor's Preface. Yearbook for Traditional Music 31.


1999b [Review of] Solomon Islands: 'Are'are Intimate and Ritual Music.  Le Chant du Monde CNR-274963               YTM 31: 184-5.

1999c [Review of] Sebastian Klotz, "Vom tönenden Wirbel menschlichen Tuns. Erich M. von Hornbostel als  Gestaltpsychologe, Archivar und Musikwissenschaftler. YTM 31: 127-28.

2000a  Erich M. von Hornbostel, Carl Stumpf und die Institutionalisierung der Vergleichenden Musikwissenschaft. In Artur Simon, ed., The Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv 1900-2000. Berlin: Verlag f. Wissenaft und Bildung. Pp. 141-50.

2000b  Song by a singer from Timbunke/Interlocking flutes. In Artur Simon and Ulrich Wegner, Music! The Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv 1900-2000.  Berlin: Museum Collection Berlin. CD and Booklet. SM1701. Pp. 48-5 

2000c  Qaside, in Artur Simon and Ulrich Wegner, Music! The Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv 1900-2000. Berlin: Museum Collection Berlin. SM1701 2. Pp. 130-31.

2000d  Qurbah. In Artur Simon and Ulrich Wegner, Music! The Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv 1900-2000. Berlin: Museum Collection Berlin. SM 1701 2. Pp. 203-05.

2000e  [Review of] Music of Islâm.Celestial Harmonies 13140-2 to 13156-2. 17-CD set. 1997-1998. Yearbook for Traditional Music32: 214-19,

2000f   Editor’s Preface. Yearbook for Traditional Music 32: xi-xii.

2001a  International Council for Traditional Music. New Grove 2nd ed. vol. 12, p. 493

2001b  Oman. New Grove 2nd ed., vol 18, pp. 403-407.

2001c  Kurdish Music New Grove 2nd ed., vol. 14, pp. 36-41.

2001d  Maqbali, Yusif (bin Khamis) al- . New Grove 2nd ed.

2001e  Talib bin Gharib (bin Mustehil)  New Grove 2nd ed.

2002a  Musical life in Sohar, Oman. Garland Encyclopaedia of World Music, vol. 6, pp. 670-83.

2002b  Kurdistan. Garland Encyclopaedia of World Music, vol. 6, pp. 739-52.

2002c  Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv: The First 100 Years. In: Gabriele Berlin & Artur Simon, eds,  Music Archiving in the World. Papers Presented at the Conference on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Berlin Phonogramm-Archive. Pp. 19-31, 491. Berlin: VWB Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung.

2002d  Batı Iranda Kürt Halk müziği. In: Mehmet Bayrak, Kürt Muziği, Dansları ve Şarkıları. Ankara: Özge. Vol. 1, pp. 101-107.

2002e  Kürtlerin Müziğinde Folklor ve Yüksek Medeniyet. In Mehmet Bayrak, Kürt Muziği, Dansları ve Şarkıları. Ankara: Özge. Vol. 1, pp. 127-130.

2002f      Güneydoğu Türkiyedeki Hakkari Vilayetinden Düğün Şarkıları. In Mehmet Bayrak, Kürt Muziği, Dansları ve Şarkıları. Ankara: Özge. Vol. 1, pp. 333-358.

2002g Obituary: Linda Kiyo Fujie, 1953-2002. World of Music 44 (2): 7-8.

2002h Musik und Gesellschaft in Zentralkurdistan um 1960. Kurdische Studien 2,2: 57-74.

2003a [Review of} Anna Czekanowska, Pathways of Ethnomusicology. World of Music 45: 173-4.

2003b Vocal Polyphony and Multisonance in Southeast Arabia . In: Proceedings, The First International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony. Tbilisi: State Conservatory. Pp. 223-242.

2005   Vocal Polyphony in Bosnia-Hercegovina in the Georgian and Mediterranean Context. In: Proceedings, The Second International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony. Tbilisi: State Conservatory. Pp. 81-101..

2006   Folk Music Research in Turkey: Comparative musicology, folklorism, and the State. In: Materials of the international and practical conference "Traditional Music of Turkic People: present and future." Kyzylorda: State University. Pp. 238-245

2007a Music in Kurdish Identity Formations. In: Congres des Musiques dans la monde d'Islam. Assilah, 8-13 Aout 2007.

2007b Public Performance, Professionalism and Patronage: Politics of cultural heritage in Southern Arabia. In: Congres des Musiques dans la monde d'Islam. Assilah, 8-13 Aout 2007.

2008a Klepa!  Reflections on the field experiences and directions of music research. In: The Balkan Peninsula as a Musical Crossroads. Skopje: SOKOM. Pp. 7-14.

2008b   Sound Archives, Technology, Research, State. In: Proceedings, The Third International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony. Tbilisi: State Conservatory. Pp. 533-546.

2009a   (with Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco and Khalfan bin Ahmed al-Barwani) Traditional Arts in Southern Arabia. Music and Society in Sohar, Sultanate of Oman. Berlin: Verlag Wissen und Bildung (= Intercultural Music Studies 14). 248 pp., 2 CDs and 1 DVD

2009b What is kurdish about makam kurdi? In: Proceedings of International Musicological Symposium "Space of Mugham".Baku: Şarq-Qarb. Pp. 107-111.

2009c Review of Vienna and the Balkans. Papers from the 39th World Conference of the ICTM, Vienna 2007. Edited by Lozanka Peycheva & Angela Rodel. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2008. In: Musicology vol. 9, Belgrade 2009, pp. 174-177.

2009d Preface. In: Proceedings, First Symposium of the ICTM Study Group for Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe. Skopje: COKOM. Pp 5-8.

2009e Agents of change. Musical practices in a village of the Hercegovina, 1957-1974. In: Proceedings, First Symposium of the ICTM Study Group for Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe. Skopje: COKOM. Pp. 89-101.

2010 Music and migration: Kurds in Berlin. In: MIGRAÇÕES JOURNAL. Special Issue: Music and Migration. Edited by Maria de São José Côrte-Real. Observatorio da Migracao, Lisbon, pp. 187-201.