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My research focuses on popular and traditional musics of the Nordic countries and LGBT ensembles in three European cities, drawing on current debates within postcolonialism, digital media studies and gender and queer theory. I obtained my PhD in ethnomusicology at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2011. I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for World Music, University of Hildesheim (2011-2014) and at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen (2015-2017). Committed to ethnographic method and interdisciplinary inquiry, I have explored issues as diverse as musical revivals, the environmental crisis, virtual reality, copyright, queer activism and cosmopolitanism.

My monograph ‘Sámi Musical Performance and the Politics of Indigeneity in Northern Europe’ (2015) examines the role of Sámi popular music in shaping the politics of sovereignty, time, place, cultural heritage and transnationalism. I am lead editor of the book ‘Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media’ (2017) which draws together the work of leading international scholars of Indigenous music. In addition, I have published articles and book chapters on Indigenous feminism, festivals, television music documentaries, Eurovision and archives and repatriation, and I am co-editor of the volume ‘Music and Cultural Memory in post-1989 Europe: Sounding Contested Past(s)’ (in preparation). I am currently researching LGBT choirs and orchestras in London, Rome and Warsaw, exploring the transformation of queer European citizenship and transnational activism in the early 21st century.

Currently, I am editor for the European Journal of Musicology (EJM). I co-founded and am currently chair of the LGBTQ+ Music Study Group. In 2015 I was programme committee member for the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) Annual Conference in 2015. Academic events I have co-organised and co-convened include the Grieg Research School in Trondheim (2018), the Berlin ethnomusicology research group BEAM (2012-5), the International Doctoral Workshop in Ethnomusicology at the Center for World Music (2012-4) and the symposium Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media, at Royal Holloway (2010). I regularly present at international conferences and am often invited to speak at academic events, including as a keynote speaker at a symposium on Nordic popular music at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen in 2013.

At NTNU, I teach BA and MA courses on ethnomusicology, Nordic music, music and globalisation, and music, gender and sexuality. I currently supervise BA and MA students with projects on a range of topics especially those employing ethnographic method.

Vitenskapelig, faglig og kunstnerisk arbeid

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  • Hilder, Thomas Richard. (2016) Sámi Popular Music, Indigenous Feminism, Environment: Mari Boine as Grenzgängerin. Jahrbuch Musik und Gender. vol. 8.
  • Hilder, Thomas Richard. (2012) Repatriation, Revival and Transmission: The Politics of a Sámi Musical Heritage. Ethnomusicology Forum. vol. 21 (2).


  • Hilder, Thomas Richard; Stobart, Henry; Tan, Shzr Ee. (2017) Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media. University of Rochester Press. 2017. ISBN 978-1-58046-573-1.
  • Hilder, Thomas Richard. (2015) Sámi Musical Performance and the Politics of Indigeneity in Northern Europe. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2015. ISBN 978-0-8108-8895-1.

Del av bok/rapport

  • Hilder, Thomas Richard. (2018) Sámi Musical Performance, Media and the Politics of Globalization: The Case of Sápmi Sessions. In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization.
  • Hilder, Thomas Richard. (2017) Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media. Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media.
  • Hilder, Thomas Richard. (2017) Nordic Sexual Exceptionalism and Indigenous Rights: Sámi Alternative Visions of Europe at the Eurovision Song Contest. Performing Sexual Identities: Nationalities on the Eurovision Stage.
  • Hilder, Thomas Richard. (2017) Sámi Festivals and Indigeneity. The Oxford Handbook of Popular Music in the Nordic Countries.
  • Hilder, Thomas Richard. (2017) Sámi Music. Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI Genres: Europe.
  • Hilder, Thomas Richard. (2017) The Politics of Virtuality: Sámi Cultural Simulation through Digital Musical Media. Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media.