The Yugoslav Idea in/of Music

Novi Sad, Serbia, 25-6 May 2019

The Serbian Musicological Society in cooperation with the Matica Srpska is honored to invite you to take part in the International Scientific Conference The Yugoslav Idea in/of Music, to be held in Novi Sad on 25 and 26 May 2019.

So far, the Yugoslav music has been a historically unestablished category. Despite having been a part of the social reality of the region from the second half of the 19th century to modern times, Yugoslav music represents a vague concept. National traditions have been the dominant musical and historical paradigms during the times of both Yugoslav states (the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes / Yugoslavia 1918–1941 and FNRY / SFRY 1945–1991), as well as after the breakup of the SFRY, although there were composers, performers, music writers and other musicians whose lives and careers testify about a different group identification, the one which primarily finds the answer to the identity issue in the Yugoslav idea, society and state. Numerous cultural institutions in the countries of the former Yugoslavia  continue to carry the classification “Yugoslav” in their name, while it is not clear how their Yugoslav character is manifested, and whether it even points to something substantial, and not only to inertia of the system and the petrified tradition. Recollections of the Yugoslav period vary from Yugo-phobic revisionism to carnivalized nostalgia, with popular culture, and especially Yugoslav popular music, being an important indicator of the emotionalized attitude towards the former country that stretched “from Triglav to the Vardar” (as lyrics of a popular song from the 1980s go).

It is an impossible task to mark, differentiate and homogenize the Yugoslav musical corpus, not only because of competitive territorialization, but also because establishing the border is contrary to the inclusive and synthetic spirit of Yugoslavism. The centenary of the founding of the first Yugoslav state – the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes – is a good reason to consider the multilayeredness of the Yugoslav musical body. The scientific conference called The Yugoslav Idea in/of Music is a result of the need to interconnect within interdisciplinary musicology, the conceptual horizon, creative poetics and social phenomena that define historical processes in the development of Yugoslav music.

For the conference on The Yugoslav Idea in/of Music, we propose thematic frameworks that would include the study of art music, as well as musical folklore and popular music that emerged under the paradigm of the Yugoslav idea. We want to pay special attention to the issues of historiography, the development of music institutions, festivals, etc., which played a key role in defining the Yugoslav identity in music. The conference is open to interdisciplinary researchers.

In order to prepare this event, we ask you to send us your application with the title of your presentation, abstract and a short biography, no later than 1 March 2019. The deadline for submitting a notification of acceptance of the abstract is 1 April 2019.

The presentation should not exceed 20 minutes.

Languages of the Conference are Serbian / Croatian / Bosnian and English.

Registration fee is 5000 RSD or 40 EUR for participants from abroad, at the exchange rate of the National Bank of Serbia on the day of payment. By paying a fee, participants of the Conference will be provided with a book of abstracts and Conference proceedings with  peer-reviewed papers.

For all additional information, please contact the organizers of the Conference at the email address:


Srđan Atanasovski, PhD (board member of the Serbian Musicological Society)

Zdravko Blažeković, PhD

Mirjana Veselinović-Hofman, PhD (Secretary of the OMSSUM)

Lada Duraković, PhD

Tatjana Marković, PhD

Ivana Medić, PhD (Vice President of the Serbian Musicological Society)

Vesna Mikić, PhD (OMSSUM member)

Mojca Piskor, PhD

Nemanja Sovtić, PhD (board member of the Serbian Musicological Society and the OMSSUM member)

Leon Stefanija, PhD

Ana Hofman, PhD