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Beyond the East-West Divide: Rethinking Balkan Music’s Poles of Attraction

The conference programme will feature two keynotes, regular sessions, as well as piano recital, round tables, films, book presentation, etc. Below you can review the detailed preliminary schedule. For abstracts of the papers, participants short biographies, as well as detailed information on side activities, please download the programme in pdf.

Тhursday 26 September
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA),
Knez Mihailova 35, Festive Hall, second floor
(Festive Hall Foyer)
Dimitrije Stefanović, on behalf of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Dejan Despić, on behalf of the Department of Fine Arts and Music SASA
Katerina Levidou, on behalf of REEM/BASEES
Melita Milin, on behalf of the Institute of Musicology SASA
11.00 KEYNOTE 1
Timothy Rice
Musical Practice and the Experiential Power of Place
  (Coffee break)
SASA, Knez Mihailova 35,
Festive Hall, second floor

Chair: Katarina Tomašević
12.30 Melita Milin
Images of the Eastern Other in Serbian Art Music
13.00 Katy Romanou
The Greek Community of Odessa and its Role in the "Westernisation of Music Education in Athens
13.30 Ivan Moody
Turning the Compass
14.00 SASA Club, Mezzanine
SASA, Knez Mihailova 35,
Hall 2, first floor

Chair: Melita Milin
16.00 Biljana Milanović
Beyond the Imagology of the Balkans or Playing with the Stereotypes in Researching Serbian Music
16.30 Ana Stefanović
Traditional Vocal Music as a Reference in Contemporary Serbian Art Song
17.00 Srđan Atanasovski
The Dream of the East: The Sound of Kaval and Visions of Serbian Homeland
SASA, Knez Mihailova 35,
Hall 3, first floor

Chair: Rastko Jakovljević
15.30 Danka Lajić-Mihajlović
Singing to the Accompaniment of Gusle in the Balkans: Between Particularity and Universality in the Epic World
16.00 Haris Sarris
The Routes of the Folk Clarinet in the Balkans: “East” or “West”?
16.30 Jelena Jovanović and Sanja Ranković
Reception of Serbian Traditional Rural Singing: “Eastern” and “Western” Borders and Beyond
(The Experiences of Neo-traditional Ensembles from Belgrade)
SASA Gallery,
Knez Mihailova 35
Ivana Medić
Piano Music Inspired by Balkan Folklore
Works by Isidor Bajić, Miloje Milojević, Josip Slavenski, Vasilije Mokranjac, Dejan Despić, Zoran Hristić, Vojin Komadina and Nataša Bogojević
Friday, 27 September
SASA, Knez Mihailova 35,
Festive Hall, second floor

Chair: Katy Romanou
10.00 Warwick Edwards
Music, Memory and the Rhythms of Words: What Balkan Traditions Have to Tell Us About Medieval Songs of the Mediterranean
10.30 Katarina Tomašević
Whose are Koštana’s Songs? Contribution to the Research of Oriental Heritage in Serbian Traditional, Art and Popular Music
11.00 Nevena Daković
Balkan Film Music Between Mono- and Multi-Culturalism: Musical Scores for the Films Directed by Aleksandar Petrović
  (Coffee break)
12.00 KEYNOTE 2
Danica Petrović
South Eastern Europe (the Balkans) Through the Centuries: On the Paths of Liturgical Music
SASA, Knez Mihailova 35,
Hall 2, first floor

Chair: Warwick Edwards
15.30 Jasmina Huber
Concerning the Competition of Various Musical Traditions in the Holy Land and Their Respective Way into the Belgrade Synagogue
16.00 Lana Paćuka
An Interaction Between National and West-European Musical Elements as seen from the Example of Serbian Woman and Her Role in the Musical Life of Sarajevo in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century
  (Coffee break)
17.00 Ersin Mihci
Forging National Music on Both Sides of the Aegean in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
17.30 Emin Soydaş
Turkish Music in the History of the Balkans: a Pillar of an Unfounded Paradigm or a Synthesizer?
SASA, Knez Mihailova 35,
Hall 3, first floor

Chair: Katerina Levidou
15.30 Olga Otašević
Musical Life in Belgrade in Russian-Language Periodicals of Russian Diaspora (Emigration of the "First Wave")
16.00 Ivana Vesić
The Role of Russian Emigrants in the Rise of Popular Culture and Music in Belgrade Between Two World Wars
  (Coffee break)
17.00 Iva Nenić
World Music in the Balkans and the Politics of (Un)belonging
17.30 Dafni Tragaki
Fragments, Samples, Bits. Digital Music Composition and Place-making
SASA Gallery,
Knez Mihailova 35
Jim Samson, Music in the Balkans, Leiden: Brill 2013.
Participants: Melita Milin (moderator), Jelena Jovanović, Katerina Levidou, Katy Romanou, Valentina Sandu Dediu
Saturday, 28 September
SASA, Institute, Knez Mihailova 36,
Hall 1, first floor

Chair: Valentina Sandu Dediu
10.00 Ivana Medić
Reflections on the Ancient Past: Isidora Žebeljan’s Operas Between Balkan Antiquity and Western Contemporaneity
10.30 Bianca Ţiplea Temeş
Mixing the Poles in Modern Composition: Ligeti and the Balkan Music
11.00 Ivana Miladinović Prica
Background of Milimir Drašković’s Communication with the Cultural Other
SASA, Institute, Knez Mihailova 36,
Hall 2, first floor

Chair: Jelena Jovanović
10.00 Vesna Bajić Stojiljković
Moiseyev Dance Company and the Choreography of Folk Dance Production in Serbia
10.30 Gergana Panova Tekath
On the “Own” and the “Common” and Their Representation: Rethinking the Soviet Model vis-à-vis the Bulgarian Professional “Folk Choreology”
11.00 Dunja Njaradi
Dance Performance and the Politics of Affectivity: State-Sponsored Dance Societies and the Articulation of National Difference
Belgrade City Library, Knez Mihailova 56,
Roman Hall
Darko Tanasković,
University Professor, Islamologist and Linguist
Oriental-Islamic Component in the Serbian Culture (Towards a Balanced Approach Methodology)
SASA, Institute, Knez Mihailova 36,
Hall 1, first floor

Chair: Melita Milin
15.30 Ana Hofman
Musical No Man’s Land:
Sound Relocations in a Borderzone
16.00 Sonja Zdravkova Djeparoska
Route Russia-Serbia-Macedonia.
Intercultural Communications
  (Coffee break)
17.00 Valentina Sandu Dediu
Writing About Music in Postwar Romania:
Soviet Sources, Nationalism and Structuralism
17.30 Nikola Baković
Between Nostalgic Entertainment and Modernising Culture:
Exporting Yugoslav Music to Economic Emigrants in the West
SASA, Institute, Knez Mihailova 36,
Hall 2, first floor

Chair: Bogdan Đaković
16.00 Natalia Ramazanova
Musical and Poetic Versions of the Service in Honour of Serbian St. Arseny in Russian Manuscripts from the Fifteenth to the Seventeenth Centuries
16.30 Yulia Artamonova
Hilandar Chant and a Phenomenon of Double Translation
17.00 Nataša Marjanović
Church Chant and Choral Composition in Serbian and Russian Practice in the Nineteenth Century
Ethnographic Museum, Belgrade
(Etnografski muzej u Beogradu), Studentski trg 13

Moderator: Jelena Jovanović
Authors Harris Sarris and Svetlana Azanjac will attend the screenings
19.00 Warble the Bagpipes
(30 min.; author Haris Sarris, directed by Dimitris Kitsikoudis)
19.30 Pročka – Forgiveness Sunday
(27 min.; author Svetlana Azanjac, directed by Slobodan Simojlović)
20.30 Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (90 min.; directed by Fatih Akin)
Screening arranged in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Belgrad
Sunday, 29 September
SASA, Institute, Knez Mihailova 36,
Hall 1, first floor

Chair: Ivana Medić
10.00 Ana Petrov
“A Representative of Western Culture” or “A True Slav Artist”?
Đorđe Marjanović between Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union
10.30 Jakša Primorac
Dalmatian Pop-Music:
Slavs Embracing the Mediterranean
11.00 Anita Buhin
Mediterranean Identity of Yugoslav “Zabavna Music”:
The Example of the Opatija Festival in 1958
  (Coffee break)
12.00 Endre Tóth
From Folk to Rock and from Rock to Folk:
The Influence of Balkan Folk Music on Hungarian Beat
12.30 Nobuhiro Ito
Chalga and Enka:
Parallel Phenomena on Both Sides of Eurasia
13.00 Manolis Seiragakis and Ioannis Tselikas
Greek Operetta Between East and West:
the Case of Halima
SASA, Institute, Knez Mihailova 36,
Hall 2, first floor

Chair: Danica Petrović
10.00 Achilleas Chaldaeakes
Byzantine Music Between Western and Eastern Social Ideology:
the Case of John Laskaris
10.30 Alexander Vovk
Greek Koinonika in West-Russian Irmologions from the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
  (Coffee break)
11.30 Sevi Mazera-Mamali
Bilingual Anthologies of the Psaltic Art:
Written Documentation of Inter-Balkanic Music and Worship Coexistence in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
12.00 George Smanis
The Non-Ecclesiastical Music in Byzantine Church Music:
A Window to the East
Historical Museum of Serbia,
Trg Nikole Pašića 11
16.00 Visit to the Exhibition
Imaginary Balkan: Identities and Memory in the Long Nineteenth Century
Curator: Katarina Mitrović, Historical Museum of Serbia

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