September 4–6th, 2023, Belgrade
Call for Papers
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts: Institute of Musicology – Department of Arts, Istanbul University State ConservatoryLocation:Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade (Serbia)
Thequestion of “Orient” inhumanities gained significant attention, especially after the landmark work of Edward Said (1978). However, the issue of representation from the position ofpower was of a much older date, and the eurocentric perspective of the late 19th and 20th centuriesinfluenced comparative musicology and then ethnomusicology to a certain extent,due to the fact that ethnomusicology as a discipline isrooted in the observation of music of “theOthers”. Said’s work also affected academic discourse aboutquestions of (Middle) East wars and the history and social reflections of thereligions, and it was a necessary basis for postcolonial and deconializationstudies in global terms, which occupy a significant position in contemporaryethnomusicology (and musicology).
Perceived from the aspect of “the crossroads between Eastand West” and the attitude of abandonment of burdening synonym for conflicting nations, the Balkans, as the main focus area for this symposium, isobserved as a field for research of correlations in music and dance heritage,as well as the space where/through music/dance and musicians/dancers aremigrating and moving. In the 21st century, the study of cultural relations through music and dance in the Balkans, with the idea of establishing historical and contemporary connections, has stimulated several international projects based on collaborative ethnomusicological, ethnochoreological and musicological research.
The openingand growth of national “schools” for music and dance studies, as well as the interpretation of new primary sources, expanded the possibility of writing new histories of aregional character. The liminal position of the Balkans has inspired numerous discussions in global humanities about this region as a crossroads and a bridge between East and West, with a special emphasis on the spectrum of correlations of Oriental, Mediterranean and Balkan cultures. On this occasion, a rethinking of the East would be encouraged, with a special focus on establishing common heritage, practices and tendencies in music and dance – from new applications and interpretations of the concepts of Orientalism and postcolonialism to thepresentation of the results of a structural analysis of presumed Easter ninfluences in a broader sense. This combination of joint research of international scholars and the fluidity of the East–West axis points not only to comparative methods, but also to the examination of current theoretical concepts. By following the process and consequences of historical and contemporary migrations, the questions of music and dance in multi-ethnic environments, transnational music and/or dance forms, mobility of musicians and dancers, music and dance in the diaspora are opened up; today they can be of interest to the musicological, ethnomusicological and ethnochoreological research teams in the widest geographical frameworks. In the context of the investigations of music and dance in the Balkans, it would be particularly important to build upon the previous studies of complex music and dance phenomena by focusing on the afore mentioned aspects of movement. The symposium is planned as part of the TRacke RS bilateral cooperation project and selected papers will be published in an edited book in 2024 (editors: Marija Dumnić Vilotijević, Abdullah Akat; publisher: Institute of Musicology SASA).
Thelist of topics of the symposium includes (but it is not limited to):
- music anddance of the Slavic and Turkish people in the post-Ottoman context;
- Pan-Balkanmusic and dance practices in the context of heritage;-scientific, artistic and performative interpretations of the Orient in musicand dance practices;
- music anddance in the context of migration;
- music anddance in the diaspora;
-methodologies of collaborative research in musicology, ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology.
KeynoteSpeaker: Jim Samson, Fellow of the British Academy; author of Music in the Balkans (Leiden: Brill, 2013) and co-author of Black Sea Sketches: Music, Place and People (London: Routledge, 2021).
Each proposal (sent as .DOC or .DOCX file) should include: the author’s name andaffiliation, e-mail address; an abstract (no more than 300 words); a short biography (no more than 100 words).
The proposal should be submitted comby the deadline of April 1st, 2023.
All authors will be notifiedabout acceptance by May 1st, 2023.
Preliminary program will beannounced by June 1st, 2023, and the book of abstracts will be publishedby August 15th, 2023. Conference hall is equipped with computer, internet, and sound and projection facilities.
The official language of the conference is English.
Moreinformation about organizational details will be announced in 2023.
Program Committee: AbdullahAkat (Istanbul University State Conservatory, Türkiye), Vencislav Dimov (Institute of Art Studies BAS, Bulgaria), Marija Dumnić Vilotijević (Institute of Musicology SASA, Serbia), Aleksandar Fotić (Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade, Serbia), Mehmet Hacısalihoğlu (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany), JelenaJovanović (Department of Arts SASA, Serbia), MarkoKölbl (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria), Danka Lajić Mihajlović (Institute of Musicology SASA, Serbia), IreneMarkoff (York University, Canada), Biljana Milanović (Institute of Musicology SASA, Serbia), Ivana Medić (Institute of Musicology SASA, Serbia), MehmetÖcal Özbilgin (State Turkish Music Conservatory of Ege University, Türkiye), Zdravko Ranisavljević (Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia), Jim Samson (British Academy, United Kingdom), Katarina Tomašević (Institute of Musicology SASA, Serbia), Sonja Zdravkova Đeparoska (Faculty of Music of “St.Cyril and Methodius” University, North Macedonia), Sanja Zlatanović (Institute of Ethnography SASA,Serbia).
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