Helena Lopes Braga

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Helena Lopes Braga is a Doctoral candidate in Comparative Gender Studies at Central European University, Budapest.

Helena holds an MA (Best MA Award 2013/2014) and BA (Merit and Excellence Luiz Krus Award) in Musicology from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon. She is a researcher of the Sociology and Musical Aesthetics Research Center (CESEM, FCSH-NOVA), where she co-founded NEGEM (Study Group on Gender and Music) and SociMus (Advanced Studies in Sociology of Music). Lopes Braga was vice-President of the Portuguese Society for Music Research (SPIM-PSMR) from 2013 to 2015.
A trained classical musician and former music teacher, Helena has performed in various groups, bands and choirs of many genres mostly as a singer, but also as a pianist, since she was 15 years old. She has also studied drama and acted in several theater groups, since 2000.
She is an LGBTQI activist, and was co-founder of the Portuguese groups: Actibistas, Lóbula. She is still active in Actibistas. As a musician, Helena currently sings in a jazz project called Janestown and in CoLeGaS, an LGBT choir from Lisbon. When in Budapest, Helena plays in ROR, Rhythms of Resistance.

Fields of study: feminist musicology, sociology of music, women’s and gender history (20th century).
Research interests include: women musicians, sexuality and affection networks, intellectual elites of women during the Portuguese dictatorship, Estado Novo.


MA, Musicology, New University of Lisbon
BA, Musicology, New University of Lisbon