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.
Helena is an LGBTQ activist and co-founded the Portuguese groups: Actibistas, Lóbula. She is still active in Actibistas. As a musician, Helena released her 1st solo album in 2017, "Sem", and she is part of 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