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Dr Laura Leante

Lecturer in Ethnomusicology in the Department of Music

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Dr Laura Leante is a Lecturer in Ethnomusicology. She studied ethnomusicology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", where she was awarded both her first degree (1999) and her PhD (2003). Her doctoral research focussed on the issues of meaning and crosscultural reception of music in British Asian repertories.

Her research interests range over Indian classical and folk music, music of the South Asian diaspora, performance analysis, music and globalisation, popular music, and music semiotics.

Before joining Durham University, Laura worked as AHRC Fellow and Lecturer in Music at the Open University. Other past appointments include a Visiting Fellowship at the International Study Centre of Queen's University (Canada) at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex (2005) and a Lectureship at S.S.I.S., University of Rome, Italy (2003-2005).

Dr Leante is Secretary General of ESEM (European Seminar in Ethnomusicology).

In 2005-2009 Laura Leante was team member working on the AHRC-funded research project "Experience and meaning in music performance", developing her interest in processes of meaning construction in music through the analysis of performance in Hindustani classical music.

In 2009-2012 she directed the AHRC-funded project "The Reception of Performance in North Indian Classical Music".

She is currently directing the AHRC-funded project "Khyal: Music and Imagination" 


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Selected Grants

  • 2009: "The Reception of Performance in North Indian Classical Music" - AHRC funded project
  • 2016: The breath of music: investigating respiration in Indian music performance (£7706.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2013: Role, Status and Hierachy in the Performance of North Indian Classical Music (£9930.05 from The British Academy)