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Marija Dumnić, MA
Ethnomusicologist

marijadumnic@yahoo.com

 

Marija Dumnić (Belgrade, 1985) completed secondary music school “Stanković” in Belgrade (music theory department). She graduated in 2010 with highest honors from Ethnomusicology Department at the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade with thesis “Applied Ethnomusicology: History, Concepts, Perspectives in Serbia”, under the supervision of Mirjana Zakić, PhD. She completed one-year course in Recording of Music and Sound Engineering at the same Faculty.

As a full-time student of PhD studies, she finished all exams at Department of Ethnomusicology, Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade. Currently, she has been working on her doctoral dissertation titled “Historical Aspects and Contemporary Performance Practices of Starogradska Muzika (Old Urban Music) in Belgrade”, under the supervision of Mirjana Zakić, PhD. In her third year of PhD studies, she had study visits to the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, under the supervision of Lozanka Peycheva, PhD; and to Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, under the supervision of Gerda Lechleitner, PhD.

She was awarded by “Aleksandar Đorđević” fund for the best student of ethnomusicology in academic year 2009/2010, and she was a scholarship holder from the Ministry of Education of Serbia from 2005 to 2008.

Marija has been employed with the Institute of Musicology SASA since January 2011 as a Research Assistant. She is engaged in the project “Serbian Musical Identities within Local and Global Framework: Traditions, Changes, Challenges” which is supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. Since October 2009, she has been dealing with digitization and cataloging of reel-tapes of the Institute. She is also working to maintain sound carriers and professional processing of ethnomusicological and ethnochoreological handwritten archival material from the legacies of the former Institute’s associates (supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and Secretariat for Culture of Belgrade). She is participating in bilateral project between the Institute of Musicology SASA and the Institute of Ethnography and Folklore “Constantin Brailoiu” of the Romanian Academy (“Intangible Cultural Heritage in Carpathian Area and Banat: Romania and Serbia”), in trilateral project between the Institute of Musicology of the University of Bern and Center of Interdisciplinary Research of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, funded by Swiss National Science Foundation (“City Sonic Ecology: Urban Soundscapes of Bern, Ljubljana, and Belgrade”). In addition, she is also engaged in research project of Matica Srpska “Music and Theatre: Modalities of Coexistence in National Practice of Modern Era”.

During the academic year 2014/2015, Marija was working as a Teaching Assistant at Ethnomusicology Department of Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade. She currently holds a position of a Public Relations Manager of international project “Quantum Music”.

Marija publishes original scientific papers in national and international scientific journals and proceedings. She participated in ethnomusicological international conferences (Serbia, Republika Srpska, Macedonia, Turkey, Cyprus, Germany, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Portugal). She also gave several public lectures in Serbian. Some of her papers are available on: http://sacu.academia.edu/MarijaDumnic.

She is a member of Serbian Ethnomusicological Society (SED), Association of Folklorists of Serbia (UFS), World Music Association of Serbia (WMAS), Composers’ Association of Serbia (UKS), International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE), International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM), International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF).

Major areas of her research are the following: methodologies of ethnomusicology and popular music studies, applied ethnomusicology, historical sources in ethnomusicology, urban musical folklore, music of the Balkans, musical practices in Belgrade, sound digitization, cultural policies. Her current research is focused on “old urban music” genre, creation and definition of folk music, use of primary historical sources in ethnomusicology, archiving of old sound carriers, field research in urban areas and specific spaces, issues regarding music performance analysis.

She is fluent in Serbian and English, and she uses French, German and Bulgarian language.

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