Caetano Maschio Santos


Caetano Maschio Santos is a Brazilian musician and ethnomusicologist, and will be a Stuart Hall DPhil Scholar in the Faculty of Music at The University of Oxford between 2019–22. Caetano studied for BAs in History and Popular Music at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and also holds a MA in Music by the same institution. A multi-instrumentalist with research and performance experience in different musical cultures, he has acted mainly as musical educator and instrumentalist with a number of musical groups in the city of Porto Alegre, besides composing for screen.

Since his MA Caetano has undertaken collaborative musical work with Haitian immigrant artists in southern Brazil, recording and performing with multiple artists. His previous investigation focused on the intersections between music and migration, highlighting political and racial realities of this Black Caribbean diaspora in a country known by its ethnic and cultural diversity. For his PhD research, he aims to continue his engagement with Haitian artists in Brazil, delving into issues such as the political aesthetics of migration, music and (i)mobility and the importance of digital technology in the music making of these Haitian artists within an increasingly xenophobic political context in Brazil.

Caetano Maschio Santos: ‘Receiving the Stuart Hall/Merton College fellowship truly exceeded my expectations! It is indeed a matter of great pride and of academic and social responsibility to become part of the SHF and to have the opportunity to further Hall’s legacy through my research. I’m looking forward to engaging with SHF’s activities and network of scholars.’