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Description of research and teaching

My research areas bridge together sound studies, soundscape, sound design, and sound anthropology, spanning versatile aspects of sound studies.

My book A Theory of Multicultural Texts: The Music of Erik Bergman As a Phenomenon of Multicultural Europe was released in September 2016. Bringing together semiotics, musicology, and cultural anthropology, it proposes a theory of musical cultural mixtures, semiotically defined as multicultural texts, develops conceptual framework and analytical tools to approach them, and closely examines works of Erik Bergman, the father of Finnish modernism, as multicultural texts. 

In parallel I have been conducting research on the relationship of image, sound and music objects in A. Tarkovsky’s films. In the recent years the focus expanded to the study of sound media, sound design, and creative process in twentieth-century Russia, via collaboration with the international research group Deceptive Arts. Machines, Magic, Media / Les Arts Trompeurs. Machines, Magie, Médias,hosted by LABEX Arts-H2H — The Laboratory of Excellence in Arts and Human Mediations, Paris/France, IRCAV Research Laboratory (Institute for Research on Cinema and Audiovisual Media, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3), and the Theremin Centre for Electroacoustic Music (Moscow).

One more large research area is devoted to exploration of cultural concepts and sacred forms of sound in non-European cultures based on ethnographic materials, cultural anthropology and findings of ethnomusicology, archaeomusicology and archaeoacoustics. The project develops via comparative study of myth, sound rituals, sacred singing and performance, and study of acoustics of sacred sites.



Education/Academic qualification

Musicology, PhD, Univeristy of Helsinki

External positions

Associated Researcher, IRCAV, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3

1 Jan 2018 → …

Lecturer, faculty member, Petrozavodsk State Conservatory

1 Sep 199731 Aug 2002

Fields of Science

  • 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
  • Musicology, sound anthropology, archaeomusicology, archaeacoustics
  • Sound media, sound design, sound studies, soundscape studies, film music studies
  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Cultural semiotics, cultural anthropology, comparative religion, world cultures

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2005 2019

  • 7 Conference contribution
  • 5 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

Approaching the Irreal: Realistic Sound Design in Films of Andrei Tarkovsky

Shpinitskaya, J., 2019, (Submitted) Tarkovsky Anthology. Edinburgh University Press, 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Deconstructing Andrei Tarkovsky’s Magic Realism: Sound Design and the Category of Irreal

Shpinitskaya, J., 2019, In : Sens public. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The Universe of Sound: A Comparative Study of Vibrational Sound in Cultural Traditions: Variations Without Theme

Shpinitskaya, J., 2018, Making Sense of Music: Studies in Musical Semiotics. Maeder, C. & Reybrouck, M. (eds.). Louvain: Presses universitaires de Louvain, p. 181-194 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Andrei Tarkovsky’s Musical Offering: The Law of Quotation

Shpinitskaya, J., 2016, New Semiotics: Between Tradition and Innovation: Proceedings of the 12th World Congress of Semiotics. IASS Publications & NBU Publishing House, p. 608-616 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Projects 2002 2020

Activities 2001 2019

  • 17 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 4 Academic visit to other institution
  • 2 Membership or other role in research network
  • 1 Types for other activities - Other

Field-work in archaeoacoustics project in South-Eastern Finland and the Middle Urals.

Yulia Shpinitskaya (Participant)
3 Jun 201931 Aug 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Symposium in Musicology

Julia Shpinitskaya (Speaker: Presenter)
19 Jan 2019

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

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3

Yulia Shpinitskaya (Visiting researcher)
1 Sep 201931 Aug 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Moscow State Conservatory

Yulia Shpinitskaya (Visiting researcher)
1 Dec 201831 Dec 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Ecole nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière

Yulia Shpinitskaya (Visiting researcher)
8 Oct 201723 Dec 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution