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Mr Petr Nuska

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Awards & achievements

Award: SEM Ethnomusicology Student of the Month (Jan 2020)
Scholarship: Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships (Oct 2017)
Grant: The Charles University Grant Agency (Apr 2015)


Petr Nuska is a visual ethnomusicologist and ethnographic filmmaker. Master’s degrees in Anthropology and New Media Studies (both from Charles University in Prague) have provided particular training in qualitative ethnography, interviewing and participatory research methods, as well as in theories of digital media and visual art. Since 2011, he has been involved in many projects around the world in the field of documentary and ethnographic film, educational and activist videos, and music clips for independent musicians. Films in which he participated have been screened at various international film festivals. Petr’s contemporary research involves Romani musicians in central Slovakia and examines transmission of musical skills in this context. The project challenges a common myth that Romani musicians have "music in their blood," instead building a detailed picture of a unique system of music education through which people grow into their music culture and become musicians. 


More information about the research:


Selected filmography:

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Research Interests

  • Bi-musicality and participative apprenticeship
  • Ethnographic filmmaking and Participatory video
  • Ethnomusicology and Anthropology of music
  • Formal and informal music education
  • Music of Central and Eastern European Roma


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