Music Research in Slovenia in the Past and Present

International musicological conference
Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 14th and 15th October 2019

The University of Ljubljana is the oldest Slovenian university and it celebrates the centenary of its founding this year. In 1962, the Department of Musicology was founded at the Faculty of Arts under University’s auspices. It established university-level musicology courses and within the scope of faculty of arts also ensured the essential conditions for scientific studies of music. The celebration of this honourable anniversary certainly presents itself as an opportunity for a self-reflection of Slovenian musicological profession, to review the past and current work of Slovenian musicologists and to explore the challenges the researchers of musical past and present will face in the future.

Even though the documented observations on music that are central for any musicological work, could be traced far back in the Slovenian history, the first serious attempts of scientific examinations in the field of music date back to the decades before the First World War. Since then, but especially after the foundation of the Department of Musicology at the Faculty of Arts and the Institute of Musicology at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (1972), the Slovenian musicology began to follow the lead of contemporary humanistic science. The first interests of Slovenian musicologists were focused on the historical subject matter, related to musical past in Slovenia. Alongside the institutionalisation of the discipline, the systematic musicological fields were developing. With the growth of research interests and alongside the development of the discipline itself, its methodology was also constantly changing and evolving.

In this context the following themes are proposed:
– research of music (in Slovenia) in the past and today;
– the establishment of musicology as a scientific discipline in Slovenia: musicologists, methods, topics;
– methodological starting points of musicological work in Slovenia in the past and today;
– current research of Slovenian musicologists and ethnomusicologists;
– future challenges of (Slovenian) musicology;
– Slovenian musicology in the international context;
– other research topics, related to the study of music in Slovenia.


Proposals for papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion), which should include the title and a short summary of the proposed topic (200-400 words), a short biography and contact details of the author are to be sent until Friday, 21st June, 2019, on the address nejc.sukljan@ff.uni-lj.si.

Authors will be informed about the selection of papers no later than 5th July, 2019. Final programme of the conference will be formed until the middle of September 2019. After the conference, the selected papers will be published either in a thematic monograph or in a thematic number of Musicological Annual.

The official languages of the conference will be Slovenian and English.

The registration fee for active participation at the conference is € 50.00; Members of the Slovene Musicological Society are free of registration fees.

Organizational committee:
Prof. Dr Matjaž Barbo
Assist. Prof. Dr Katarina Bogunović Hočevar
Assist. Dr Nejc Sukljan