Svanibor Pettan is professor and chair of the ethnomusicology program at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He received his B.A. degree in musicology from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 1983, M.A. in musicology from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1987, and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland, USA, in 1992. These three studies are based on his fieldwork in Zanzibar, Egypt, and Kosovo respectively, while he also conducted research in Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Norway, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and USA. The prevalent themes in his studies include music in the contexts of politics and war, multiculturalism, music of minorities, and theory and praxis of applied ethnomusicology. His publications include ten authored or edited books, many articles, and publications in other formats, including a tetralogy dedicated to Romani (Gypsy) musicians in Kosovo (book, picture exhibition, film, CD-ROM).

Following a decade-long experience as researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb, Dr. Pettan since 1995 holds regular teaching positions at the University of Ljubljana: first at the Music Academy and from 2003 on at the Faculty of Arts' Department of ethnology and cultural anthropology and more recently Department of musicology. His professional experiences also include visiting professor or visiting scholar stays at several other universities (Chicago, Griffith, Illinois, Maribor, Oslo, Pula, Split, Tainan, Washington, Wesleyan, Zagreb), external examining (University of Limerick), and some eighty invited lectures and workshops at universities world-wide (Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Croatia, Egypt, Finland, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA).

Dr. Pettan is past Secretary General (2011-2017) and current Vice-President of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), past-president of the Cultural and Ethnomusicological Society Folk Slovenia, and member of several international editorial boards (Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World,, Journal of Urban Culture Research, Music and Arts in Action, Muzika, Muzikološki zbornik/Musicological Annual, Narodna umjetnost, Pax Sonoris, Traditiones, Translingual Discourse in Ethnomusicology, The World of Music). He was initiator and chair of the ICTM study group Applied ethnomusicology (2007-2011) and is current chair of the study group Music and minorities.

Selected publications: Music, Politics, and War: Views from Croatia (ed., 1998), Music and Music Research in Croatia (= The World of Music 3, ed., 1998), Glasba in manjšine/Music and Minorities (co-ed., 2001), Kosovo Roma (2001), Roma muzsikusok koszovóban: Kölcsönhatás és kreativitás/Rom Musicians in Kosovo: Interaction and Creativity (2002), “Male, Female, and Beyond in Culture and Music of the Roma in Kosovo”, in Music and Gender: Perspectives from the Mediterranean (2003), “Balkan Boundaries and How to Cross Them: A Postlude” in Balkan Popular Culture and the Ottoman Ecumene (2007), Applied Ethnomusicology (= Musicological Annual 44/1, ed., 2008), “Music in War, Music for Peace: Experiences in Applied Ethnomusicology” in Music in Conflict (2010), Lambada na Kosovu (2010), Applied Ethnomusicology: Historical and Contemporary Approaches (co-ed, 2010), Etnomuzikologija na razpotju (2011), Kosovo Through the Eyes of Local Romani (Gypsy) Musicians (2015), Oxford Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology (co-ed., 2015), Music, Sound and Ecology (= Musicological Annual 52/2, ed., 2016),  "Negotiating the Personal and Professional: Ethnomusicologists and the Uncomfortable Truths." (co-auth., 2016).