Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am a grant-funded researcher and part-time teacher in Musicology. I currently do research on African music and dance and their transmission in Finland as part of the research project "The diversity of music heritage in Finland". I also lead the project "World Wide Women - Female Musicians Crossing Borders and Building Futures", coming to an end in 2024, that combines research and artistic work. 

I completed my doctoral thesis in Ethnomusicology, “Performing a Tradition in Music and Dance: Embodiment and Interaction in Sabar Dance Events” (2014) at the University of Tampere. In my subsequent research projects, I have continued to study the sabar tradition in Senegal, but I have also conducted research on African music and musicians in Finland as well as on the anti-racist activities of musicians.

Apart from my research topics, my teaching focuses on central themes of ethnomusicology: the research history and methodology of ethnomusicology, questions reltaed to ethnographic fieldwork and writing, the connections of dance and music and their research, and performance analysis.

Education/Academic qualification

music studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Performing a Tradition in Music and Dance. Embodiment and Interaction in Sabar Dance Events, Tampereen yliopisto

Award Date: 18 Feb 2015

External positions

visiting researcher, Taideyliopisto

1 Jan 2023 → …

chair person, Suomen Etnomusikologinen seura

2020 → …

board member, Maailman musiikin keskus ry

2002 → …

Fields of Science

  • 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
  • Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Dance studies
  • Performance studies
  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Cultural Studies
  • African Studies

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.
  • Kansanmusiikintutkijoiden symposium

    Elina Seye (Speaker: Presenter)

    9 Feb 202410 Feb 2024

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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  • NOFOD conference

    Elina Seye (Attendee)

    23 Apr 202426 Apr 2024

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  • Linda Cimardi

    Elina Seye (Host)

    14 Apr 202418 Apr 2024

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

  • Suomen musiikintutkijoiden valtakunnallinen symposium 2024

    Elina Seye (Chair of organizing committee) & Elina Seye (Attendee)

    25 Mar 202427 Mar 2024

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  • Etnologian päivät

    Elina Seye (Attendee)

    14 Mar 202415 Mar 2024

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars