PhD Student
PhD in Sciences for Cultural Heritage and Production - XXXVIII cycle
Tutor: Maria DE LUCA

Doriana Masucci, a musician and musicologist, is a doctoral student in Heritage and Cultural Production Sciences at the Department of Humanities, University of Catania. In her research project, entitled "From Code to Performance: the contribution of international legal literature to musicological research and the discussion of the concept of intangible musical heritage (20th-20th centuries)," she proposes an analysis of legal studies focused on music-related issues, in order to detect their possible contributions to musicological research, with particular reference to the field of intangible musical heritage. Under the guidance of Prof. Luca Aversano, he obtained his master's degree in "DAMS Teatro Musica Danza" at the University of Roma Tre, with a thesis entitled "Rights and Duties of Interpretation. A musical analysis in legal projection." She also graduated in Pianoforte (first and second level academic diploma) at the Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini in Catania. 

At the University of Catania and Roma Tre University, she collaborates with various teaching projects, carrying out tutoring and integrative teaching activities, including within pathways for transversal skills and orientation for high school students. As part of the production and organization of the show, he collaborates with the Palladium Theater of the Roma Tre University.

Finally, she performs editorial verification duties of musicology teaching modules for the online study courses of the Inter-University Consorzio ICoN - Italian Culture on the Net.

Research project: From code to performance: contributions of legal thought to musicological research

The relations between law and music constitute a subject area of long-standing interest. Indeed, the link between music and law has very deep roots: already in the writings of the philosophers of classical Greece, the term nomos expressed an idea with a dual semantic nature, referring at the same time to a legal concept and a musical concept. Recently, legal scholars have identified different lines of research, moving not only toward the more traditional theme of textual interpretation with respect to their discipline's relationship with music but also introducing new critical elements, ranging from the theme of performance and the relationship with emotions to that of music and law's genetic links of political and social value as well as the mode of formal codification in the two disciplines. For its part, as far as the legal sphere is concerned, modern musicology has so far dealt almost exclusively with aspects involving the regulation of copyright, issues of the music market and related communication (including digital), and the analysis of the types of contracts used to employ artists. Beyond the technical-administrative factors mentioned above, at the musicological level little or no interest can be found, on the other hand, in the reflections that jurists have addressed to music on a more critical-speculative level, so to speak.

The objective of this paper is therefore to analyze from a musicological perspective the body of legal writings devoted, at the international level, to issues of a musical nature, excluding precisely the already extensively beaten territory of copyright law and all other perspectives that see music as an object of administrative, civil or criminal codification. In fact, we will focus instead on "alternative" lines of legal research related to music, with particular attention to writings that involve reflection on the concept of intangible musical heritage. In the mentioned lack of prior research in this field (i.e. on the analysis of legal production declined towards musical interests) by Italian and international musicology, the definition of the state of the art will therefore consist essentially in the construction of a kind of catalog of legal writings in Italian and foreign languages (mainly, but not exclusively: English, German, French) containing insights on music-related issues.

Other activities during the doctorate

  • 2023: Grant winner for LEVI CAMPUS 2023 - Body, Voice, Sound. Participation in the Sixth Cycle of Levi Interdisciplinary Seminars for doctoral students with musicological disciplines Venice, Ugo and Olga Levi Foundation, July 10-15, 2023.

  • 2023: Collaboration with the Interuniversity Consortium ICoN – Italian Culture on the Net, for the editorial review of musicology teaching modules (online degree program in Italian Language and Culture for Foreigners)

Participation in conferences or seminars as a speaker

  • 2023: Participation in the interdoctoral study seminar Oltre i confini dell'ascolto: tecnologia, ambiente, corpo, immagine. Tra contesti socio-culturali e formazione del pubblico, organized by the Doctorate in Cultures, practices and technologies of cinema, media, theater and dance of the Roma Tre University in collaboration with the Doctorates in Music and Performing Arts (Sapienza University of Rome), Cultural Heritage, Education and Territory (University of Rome Tor Vergata), Sciences of Cultural Heritage and Production  (University of Catania) - 6 novembre 2023
  • 2023: Participation in the panel Oltre i confini dell’ascolto, organizzato in collaborazione with research doctorate courses in musical disciplines at Universities Roma Tre, Roma Sapienza, Roma Tor Vergata and Catania

Awards and recognitions