Stephane Vincent B Aubinet

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Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 2 ZEB-bygningen 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1017 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Sámi yoik
  • Lullabies
  • Philosophy
  • Anthropology

My main research area lies in the anthropology of music. After a PhD thesis (2016-2020) devoted to the "yoik", a singing technique practiced by the Indigenous Sámi people, I am currently working on an interdisciplinary project about lullabies (2021-2024). The aim is to develop an anthropological perspective on the art of lulling with songs, a widespread practice among humans that many cultures consider magical. I do this through a review of the existing literature on lullabies and an ethnographic anchorage in the Sámi "dovdna" tradition, i.e. small individual melodies attributed to infants.

A leading thread in my work is how various forms of singing can inform and develop ways of being in the world and attachments with human and non-human entities. I explore these issues through dialogues between anthropology, the humanities, and observations from fieldwork.


  • PhD in Humanities (University of Oslo)
  • BA in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology (Université de Liège)
  • MA in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology (Université catholique de Louvain)
Tags: Ethnomusicology, Nature/Culture, Music and Philosophy, Music and nature, Practice as research


  • Aubinet, Stéphane (2021). The Problem of Universals in Cross-Cultural Studies: Insights from Sámi Animal Melodies (Yoik). Psychology of Music. ISSN 0305-7356. 49(3). doi: 10.1177/03057356211024346. Full text in Research Archive
  • Aubinet, Stephane Vincent B & Malay, Olivier E. (2021). Transition and Resilience in Music: Insights from Folk Bals. International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music. ISSN 0351-5796. 52(1), p. 147–164.
  • Aubinet, Stéphane (2020). Enchantment and Non-Human Voices in the Sámi Yoik. Cahiers de Littérature Orale. ISSN 2266-1816. 87, p. 195–215. doi: 10.4000/clo.8663. Full text in Research Archive
  • Aubinet, Stéphane (2017). Chanter les territoires Sámi dans un monde plus-qu’humain. L'Information géographique. ISSN 0020-0093. 81, p. 20–37. doi: 10.3917/lig.811.0020. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Aubinet, Stéphane (2018). Sámi joik and the singing body as a more-than-human ecology.
  • Aubinet, Stéphane (2018). Musical notation and non-human voices in Sámi joik.
  • Aubinet, Stéphane (2018). Franchir l'horizon par la voix dans le joik Sámi (Laponie).
  • Aubinet, Stéphane & Malay, Olivier (2017). Democracy and transition in Belgian folk bals.
  • Aubinet, Stéphane (2017). Singing Sámi territories in a more-than-human world.
  • Aubinet, Stéphane (2017). Cohabiting With Wolves: Sámi joik and the Norwegian Environmental Policy.
  • Aubinet, Stéphane (2016). Chanter le territoire Sámi (Laponie).
  • Aubinet, Stéphane (2020). The Craft of Yoiking: Philosophical Variations on Sámi Chants. 07. Full text in Research Archive

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Published Oct. 4, 2016 10:42 AM - Last modified Nov. 9, 2021 5:19 PM