Stéphane Aubinet

Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Musicology
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Academic interests

  • Yoik
  • Ecology of practices
  • Philosophy
  • Social anthropology

My PhD project is about a Sámi chanting tradition called 'yoik.' It consists of conceptual gestures intended to capture various dimensions of the yoik's power, and of a systematic comparison between practices of yoiking and practices of writing. Yoiks are short melodies with or without lyrics related either to a person, an animal, or a place.

A particular attention is given to the way yoiks are chanted to summon the presence of people, animals, and places, the semiosis of their creation, the metamorphosis induced in their vocalisation, their capacity to reveal unexpected dimensions of the land in situations of enchantment, their anchorage in animal depths within humans or technological assemblages, their capacity to echo past experiences, their source in a primordial past, and the power induced by their repetition.


Another part of my research concerns the practice of folk dances in Wallonia (Belgium) and its relation to social movements, in particular the transition initiatives.


  • BA in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology (Université de Liège, Belgium)
  • MA in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium) - one year Erasmus exchange at Universitetet i Oslo (2014-2015)
Tags: Ethnomusicology, Nature/Culture, Music and Philosophy, Music and nature, Practice as research


  • Aubinet, Stéphane (2017). Chanter les territoires Sámi dans un monde plus-qu’humain. L'Information géographique.  ISSN 0020-0093.  81, s 20- 37 Full text in Research Archive.

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

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Published Oct. 4, 2016 10:42 AM - Last modified Apr. 2, 2020 6:23 PM