Sílvia Martínez is an ethnomusicologist specialized in urban popular music. She completed his PhD in 1997 with a thesis on Heavy Metal at the University of Barcelona, after completing his studies at Université de Montréal (Canada) and UCLA (USA).
She worked as a researcher in the Department of Musicology of the CSIC and the Forschungszentrum Musik Populare in the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany).
Currently she is associate professor in the Department of Art and Musicology at the Universitat Antónoma of Barcelona and in the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya. In the last ten years, she has been invited to teach courses and seminars at Columbia University (USA), City University New York (USA), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal) and Université Toulouse II-Le Mirail ( France), as well as several Catalan and Spanish universities.
Her research currently focuses on theoretical and historical urban popular music, with emphasis on gender and postcolonial perspectives.
She participate in different international projects, including the European Group of Popular Music Group (coordinated by Dr. Stuart Green of the University of Leeds, UK) and the Euro-Bollywood Research Network (coordinated by Dr Rajinder Dudrah, Manchester University, UK). Some of the recent themes in his investigations include the cultural practices in the diaspora, the spanish cantautores of the last Francoism and the copla.
Her publications cover various themes:
- from heavy metal (Enganxats al heavy. Música, cultura i trangressió, Pagès 1999)
- to the mediterranean music (Seeking Connections Through A Sigui, a Mediterranean Mosaic, Routledge 2003)
- or the relationship between music and immigration (From South to South:Indo-Pakistani Diaspora and Recent cultural practices in Spain, Migraçoês, 2010)
- and the author's song (Judges, Guitars, Freedom & the Mainstream. The Singer Songwriter in Europe, Ashgate 2016)
- she published with Héctor Fouce a volume about Spain in the series Global Popular Music of Routledge (Made in Spain, Studies in Popular Music, 2013).