Dr Razia Sultanova is a musicologist and social scientist with an international reputation. She graduated from the Uzbek State Conservatory and her PhD is from Moscow State Conservatory. She was a Research Fellow at Goldsmith's College and the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London. She is Visiting Professor at Charles University, Prague, Chair of ICTM SG on Global Music, Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopaedia of the Turkic-Speaking World, Research Fellow, Sarajevo University, Research Fellow, University College, Cork, and Research Fellow, Cambridge Muslim College. She authored major studies including From Shamanism to Sufism: Women, Islam and Culture in Central Asia; On the Ruins of Empire: Central Asia migrant's music in 21st century Russian metropolises; Why Women Sing: Female performance in traditional societies; The non-Russian sound of post-Soviet Moscow.