Young Musicology Belgrade 2020. Shaping the Present by the Future: Ethno/musicology and Contemporaneity

The Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts is pleased to invite proposals from PhD students and researchers who have obtained their PhD degree no more than five years ago, for an international conference Young Musicology Belgrade 2020. Shaping the Present by the Future: Ethno/musicology and Contemporaneity. The conference is to be held at the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences in Belgrade, from 24 to 26 September 2020.

With the idea of the crisis of humanities as our starting point, we ask the following question: what is the place of ethno/musicological thought in the contemporary world? The notion of contemporaneity, while constantly provoking theorization, provides us the opportunity to self-reflect and analyze our own methodologies, strategies and scientific challenges in the present moment. 

What is happening in ethno/musicology after modernist historicism and its postmodern critical self-examination in movements such as the New Ethno/musicology? Are the familiar methodologies still relevant, have they improved or changed, and in what ways? How can we establish fruitful inter/transdisciplinary collaborations between ethno/musicology and other humanities, social or natural sciences? What is the impact of technology and media in today’s musicology and ethnomusicology? These are just a few questions faced by the humanities by the contemporary world, and the aim of our conference is to draft possible answers by giving voice to the young experts in our fields.

We invite PhD students and young scholars to reflect upon these topics, and share their methodologies, experiences and challenges in dealing with various subjects of contemporary ethno/musicology. The starting points of our conference include, but are not limited to:

  • contemporary challenges in ethno/musicology;
  • methodology of contemporary ethno/musicology;
  • the future of ethno/musicology;
  • inter/trans-disciplinary collaborations;
  • ethno/musicology and technology;
  • ethno/musicology and media.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Selena Rakočević (Department of Ethnomusicology, Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia)
  • Dr. David Beard (School of Music, Cardiff, UK)

Submission process

Please click on the following link to download the Application form:

The proposals should be sent to the Organizing Committee ( by April 1, 2020 (receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email). We also encourage panel proposals; please provide a short description of the session in addition to individual abstracts and biographical notes.

Proposals will be reviewed by the conference committee and the results will be announced by May 1, 2020.

Conference fee: 30 Euros.

The official language of the conference is English.

For any further information please contact Organizing Committee.

Programme Committee:

Dr. Miloš Zapletal (Silesian University in Opava, Institute of Historical Sciences, Opava, Czech Republic)

Dr. des. David Vondráček (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany)

Dr. Veselka Tončeva (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Dr. Michael Fuhr (University of Hildesheim, Center for World Music, Hildesheim, Germany)

Dr. Ivana Tomić Ferić (Arts Academy University of Split, Split, Croatia)

Dr. Jelena Novak (CESEM, NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal)

Dr. Ana Hofman (Institute of Culture and Memory Studies ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Dr. Lidia Ader (The Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Museum-Apartment, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Dr. Dragana Stojanović-Novičić (Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Iva Nenić (Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Katarina Tomašević (Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Ivana Medić (Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Danka Lajić Mihajlović (Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Srđan Atanasovski (Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Marija Dumnić Vilotijević (Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Ivana Vesić (Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade, Serbia)

*Young Musicology Belgrade is the third conference in the series that began with the Young Musicology Prague conference, organized by Department of Music History, Institute of Ethnology, of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in 2016, and followed by the Young Musicology Munich conference in 2018 that was held at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.