SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Charlotte Schuitenmaker

BA (Amsterdam), MA (Amsterdam), rMA (Amsterdam)
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Charlotte Schuitenmaker
Charlotte Schuitenmaker
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Thesis title:
Activism and Urbanism in Contemporary Indigenous Music-Making in Australia.
Year of Study:
started September 2020
Internal Supervisors

External Supervisors

Dr. Robert Topinka (Birkbeck)


My current PhD research project at SOAS is titled “Activism and Urbanism in Contemporary Indigenous Music-Making in Australia”, for which I hold a Bloomsbury Colleges PhD Studentship. Key themes in this project are urban community issues, Indigenous rights, spatiality (both virtual and “in-situ”), soundscape projects, representation, and environmentalism. As part of my research project, I set up the podcast “Movements & Sounds” in collaboration with SOAS Radio, which received funding as part of the Santander Enterprise Seed Fund scheme. See more:

I obtained my BA and MA in (Ethno-)Musicology, and rMA in Art Studies, at the University of Amsterdam. During these studies, I went on exchanges to Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Sydney, for which I was awarded the Horizon Scholarship. I am actively presenting and attending conferences and workshops in the fields of ethnomusicology, cultural studies and urban studies, such as the ICTM Conference at the New University of Lisbon (2022), FMACS Doctoral Student-led conference at Birkbeck (2021), Christchurch Student Colloquium at the University of Oxford (2017) was co-organiser of the IASPM/RMA Student Conference at the University of Amsterdam (2017).


  • SEM
  • BFE


  • Ethnomusicology
  • Sound Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Post-colonial theory
  • Decolonisation
  • Performance Studies