As if he were Janus (the two-faced Roman god), the ethnographer who reflects on his own positioning will be able to better observe (and understand) both the culture he studies and the one he comes from. Inspired by this image, this talk will focus on insider/outsider positionality in ethnographic research based on my fieldwork experiences as an ethnomusicologist in Sardinia (my homeland), and abroad (Cuba and Equatorial Guinea).
Marco Lutzu is Research Associate of Ethnomusicology at the University of Cagliari. He earned his PhD in History and Analysis of Musical Cultures at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza,’ and has held research fellowships at the Universities of Venice ‘Ca’ Foscari’ (2014) and Cagliari (2016). He was also Adjunct Professor at the University of Palermo (2015) and Florence (2015-18). He has carried out fieldwork in Sardinia, Cuba, and Equatorial Guinea, focusing on the relationship between music and religion, improvised poetry, hip hop culture, and performance analysis. He is scientific director of the Encyclopedia of Sardinian Music (L’Unione Sarda, 2012), wrote the book Non potho reposare (Nota 2017) and co-edited the volume Investigating Musical Performance: Theoretical Models and Intersections (Routledge 2020).