School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Dr Goffredo Plastino

Reader in Ethnomusicology



Goffredo Plastino graduated in Ethnomusicology from University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1987 (where he studied with Diego Carpitella), and completed his PhD in Socio-Anthropological Sciences at the same university, in 1993. He has also received a Diplôme D'Études Approfondies in Social Anthropology and Ethnology at the l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales of Paris, in 1992.

Dr Plastino has undertaken fieldwork in Southern Italy and Spain, and has published on ethnomusicology, popular music, organology, jazz, and photography.


* PhD in Ethno-Anthropological Sciences at University of Rome “La Sapienza” (1993)

* Diplôme D’Études Approfondies in Social Anthropology and Ethnology, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1992)

* Firts Class Degree in Ethnomusicology, University of Rome “La Sapienza" (1987)

Editorial roles

* Coeditor of the Routledge Global Popular Music Series (

* Editor (1997-2005) of Italian Treasury in the Alan Lomax Collection (Rounder Records), an annotated compact disc series culled from a previously unedited collection of recordings made in Italy in 1954-55 by Alan Lomax, with Diego Carpitella


Research Interests

* Mediterranean folk and popular musics

* Neapolitan Song

* Folk revival

* World jazz

* Progressive rock (mainly Italian rock progressivo)

* Organology

* Field recordings

* Music and literature

Current research

* Neapolitan Song, classic and contemporary

* The revival of the Calabrian lira

Other Expertise

* Photography


Undergraduate teaching

* MUS2060 Ethnomusicology

* MUS3113 World Jazz