Yulia Shpinitskaya

Yulia Shpinitskaya

Grant-funded Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies


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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, University of Helsinki Doctoral School

Award Date: 25 Oct 2016

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.