School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Dr Paul Attinello

Senior Lecturer



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Paul Attinello has taught at the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University since 2002. He also taught at the University of Hong Kong and UCLA, living and working on four continents in the past three decades. He has published in the Journal of Musicological Research, Musik-Konzepte, Musica/Realtá, the revised New Grove and a number of essay collections.

Roles and Responsibilities

Dr Attinello has been Director of Postgraduate Studies for the School of Arts & Sciences, Head of Postgraduate Studies for ICMuS, Degree Programme Director for the MA programme in Music, Degree Programme Director for the Year Abroad Bachelors programme in Music, and and has served on external committees such as the AMS Council and the Philip Brett Award committee.


PhD in Music (Systematic Musicology), UCLA, 1997. 'The interpretation of chaos: a critical analysis of meaning in European avant-garde vocal music, 1958-68.'
MA in Music (Systematic Musicology), UCLA, 1991. 'The strategy of theory, or through the looking-glass: rationalism, irrationalism & domination in music of the 20th century.'

Previous Positions

University of Hong Kong, Assistant Professor, 1997-2001
UCLA, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2000


Future Research

Current projects include a book on music about AIDS, a book on Meredith Monk and performance art, and an edited volumes on contemporary composer Gerhard Stäbler. An edited volume on music in Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been published by Ashgate, and has received critical awards.

Research Roles

Member of Editorial Collective, 2006-, Radical Musicology e-journal (
Member of Editorial Board, 2006-, Music and Politics e-journal (
Associate Editor and Member of Editorial Board, 2001-, Twentieth Century Music, Cambridge University Press.


David Tudor Research Grant 2000-01, Getty Institute, Los Angeles ($2,500)
Research Grants Council Competitive Bid Award, 1998-2001, University Grants Council, Hong Kong (£65,000)
Committee on Research & Conference Grants, U. of Hong Kong, 1997-2001 (7 research and travel grants totaling £21,000)
Fulbright Award 1993-4, for study in Berlin, Basel, and Darmstadt


Undergraduate Teaching

Understanding Modern & Postmodern Musics
Music about AIDS
Performance Art / Performance Theory
Parody and Music

Postgraduate Teaching

Research Training in Music
Cultural Theories of Music
Studying Popular Music