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Dr. Thomas Burkhalter is an ethnomusicologist, music journalist, and cultural producer from Switzerland. The founder and director of Norient, he published the book Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut (Routledge) and co-edited The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics, Modernity (Wesleyan University Press), Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World (Norient) and Out of the Absurdity of Life – Globale Musik (Norient/Traversion). He works as a researcher and project leader at the University of Basel and the University of Arts Bern (HKB), financed by the Swiss National Foundation (SNF). As the director of the Norient Musikfilm Festival, a documentary filmmaker and audio-visual performer, he places emphasis on transdisciplinary approaches between theory and practice.

See CV, publications, films and projects: Here

Hannes Liechti studied musicology and history in Bern and Munich. Currently he’s working on a Ph. D. on sampling in electronic pop music at the University of Bern and the Bern University of the Arts. He belongs to the Graduate School of the Arts (GSA) in Bern and is a member of the editorial board of Norient. In 2015 he co-published the second Norient book: Seismographic Sounds. Visions of a New World, and co-curated the corresponding exhibition on global pop. Since 2016 he’s national representative for Switzerland for the German branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-D-A-CH). See here for a detailed vita.

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