• University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

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I am British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Huddersfield. I obtained my PhD from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales of Paris in 2017 with a dissertation on the Spanish musical avant-garde during Franco's dictatorship (Jury's Special Mention at the 'Prix de Thèse PSL en Sciences humaines et sociales', 2018). I have contributed several book chapters on this topic to collective volumes on 20th century Spanish music and culture, and have also published several articles in journals of musicology and history. I have co-edited three volumes titled Composing for the State: Music in Twentieth-Century Dictatorships (Routledge, 2016), À l'avant-garde! Art et politique dans les années 1960 et 1970 (Peter Lang, 2013), and Le son des rouages. Représentations des rapports homme-machine dans la musique du 20e siècle (Éditions Delatour France, 2011). I am co-founder and member of the Editorial Board of the electronic journal Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales (https://journals.openedition.org/transposition/) for which I have edited two issues: 'Musique et théorie queer/Music and Queer Theory' (nº 3, 2013) and, with Talia Bachir-Loopuyt, 'Musique, histoire, sociétés. Les études sur la musique à l'EHESS' (hors-série 1, 2018). My current research project concerns music and transition to democracy in post-Francoist Spain.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Music and Politics
  • Music in Twentieth-Century Dictatorships
  • Music and the State
  • 20th Century Spanish Music
  • Francoist Spain
  • Post-Francoist Spain
  • Democracy
  • avant-garde
  • new music
  • Contemporary Music
  • Modernism
  • Postmodernism
  • performance
  • Musicology
  • Music History
  • Cultural History
  • Cultural Studies
  • Historiography

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Research Output

“Tant que les revolutions ressemblent à cela”: L’avant-garde musicale espagnole sous Franco

Translated title of the contribution: "As Long as Revolutions Look Like This" : The Spanish Musical Avant-Garde Under Franco's DictatorshipContreras-Zubillaga, I., 1 Mar 2020, horizonsd'attente. 272 p. (Coll. Nuits Blanches (English Translation: White Nights))

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Composing for the Francoist Side in the Spanish Civil War

    Contreras-Zubillaga, I., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Music and Spanish Civil War. Pérez Zalduondo, G. & Iglesias Iglesias, I. (eds.). Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Maneras de distinción, deseos de pertenencia: Dosier: ‘Nueva Música, sesenta años'

    Translated title of the contribution: Ways of distinction, desire to belong: Dosier: 'New Music, sixty yearsContreras-Zubillaga, I., 2018, Scherzo, 344, p. 93-96 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Musique, histoire et société: les études sur la musique à l’EHESS

    Translated title of the contribution: Music, history and society: music studies at EHESSBachir-Loopuyt, T. & Contreras-Zubillaga, I., 2018, In : Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales. Hors-série, 1, 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access


    Capitalist Realism: 10 Years On

    Igor Contreras-Zubillaga (Participant)
    15 Feb 202016 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

    Igor Contreras-Zubillaga (Reviewer)
    Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    Group Music-Making as an Alternative Democracy in Post-Francoist Spain

    Igor Contreras-Zubillaga (Speaker)
    28 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Arts and Models of Democracy in post-Authoritarian Iberian Peninsula

    Igor Contreras-Zubillaga (Organiser), Giulia Quaggio (Organiser)
    28 Nov 201929 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    ‘Experimenting Musically with Democracy in post-Francoist Spain’

    Igor Contreras-Zubillaga (Speaker)
    11 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation