Professor, School of Music, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
Senior Researcher, National Council for Scientific and Technological Developmente (CNPq), Brazil
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992


Prof. Araujo’s research and publications in book form, academic periodicals or edited volumes released in different countries have mainly dealt with music-making and sound praxis as a significant component in sociopolitical processes pervaded by diverse forms of inequality, conflict and violence. Co-founder of the Study Groups of Applied Ethnomusicology (2007) and of Music and Dance in Latin America and the Caribbean (2017) of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), the participatory and dialogical research methodologies he has developed in long-term collaboration with organizations and residents of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas have attracted both national and international interest.

This accumulated experience has led to an intensive and continuous academic exchange between the research unit Prof. Araujo coordinates – the Ethnomusicology Laboratory – and other research centers and public policy management units in Brazil and abroad, such as the Ethnomusicology Institute (Portugal), the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, the Slovenian Academy for the Arts and Sciences, and the National Museum of Ethnology (Japan), as well as guest lecturing and visiting professorships at institutions such as the University of Helsinki, the University of Chicago, the University of Puerto Rico, the University of Hawaii, the Queen’s University of Belfast, the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the University of Ljubljana, the University of Zagreb, the University of Belgrade, the University of Vienna, and the University of Music and the Performing Arts, Vienna.

Prof. Araujo is a cofounder and former President of the Brazilian Association of Ethnomusicology (ABET, and has served in the ICTM Executive Board, the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM, USA) Council, as well as in editorial boards of journals such as Ethnomusicology (SEM), Latin American Music Review (university of Texas at Austin), Música & Cultura (ABET), Revista de Musicologia (Argentinian Society for Musicology), and the Malayan Journal od Music.