Helena Lopes Braga

Year of Enrollment: 
2014 to 2022

Helena Lopes Braga is an advanced Doctoral candidate in Comparative Gender Studies at Central European University, Vienna.

Lopes Braga holds a Master´s (Best MA Award 2013/2014) and a Bachelor´s degree (Merit and Excellence Luiz Krus Award) in Musicology from 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.
She co-translated the book "Countersexual Manifesto" by Paul Preciado to Portuguese, published by Unipop in 2015.
Having studied music in the Conservatório Calouste Gulbenkian de Braga, Lopes Braga is a trained classical musician and former music teacher. She 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 Lopes Braga released her 1st EP in 2017, "Sem", and she was part of CoLeGaS, an LGBT choir from Lisbon from 2012 until 2017.
Helena is an LGBTQ+ activist.

Fields of study: feminist musicology, sociology of music, women’s and gender history (20th century), musical biography.
Research interests include: women musicians, networks and sociabilities, women´s archives, short 20th century history.

Currently preparing an edited volume with the diaries of Francine Benoît, to be published in 2021.


MA, Historical Musicology - FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
BA, Musicology - FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa