Naturalising Sounds: How Instrumental Music is (Made) National

International Conference, 22–24 January 2021 (virtual)
University of Regensburg, Department of Musicology

The conference’s aim is to examine the mechanisms of making music “national” in texts accompanying music performances, writings of music theory and music history and, last but not least, in the press – verbal manifestations that are often situated in the midst of a nationalistically charged socio-political climate. The conference brings together speakers from three continents and presents a variety of geographically focused or international perspectives, spanning from the 18th to the 21st century.

All those interested may attend the online meetings after prior registration by mail. Information on this as well as details on the schedule and program can be found on the conference website (

REEM 2014 Annual Conference: Music And Empire In East-Central Europe


British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)
Study Group for Russian and Eastern European Music (REEM)

Annual Conference 2014

Durham University, Music Department, Concert Room
Saturday 4 October 2014

Marking 2014 as the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, which catalysed the disintegration of European empires and the subsequent establishment of national states, BASEES/REEM invites paper proposals on topics dealing with any aspect of the relationship between music and empire in East-Central Europe.

Suitable topics include (but are not restricted to) the following:

– the role of music in the formation of small state nationalism in the age of Empire (such as in Finland and in Balkan and Central European states pre- and post-1918);
– music as represented in imperial institutions, e.g. Russian Musical Society, Academies of Sciences, Musikvereine in the Hapsburg (Habsburg) territories;
– the disciplines of folklore and ethnography and their roles in the creation of imperial ideologies;
– the musical representation and construction of national/imperial identities, and manifestations of orientalising/exoticising tendencies;
– the continuation of empire in the twentieth century and its musical consequences (the Soviet Union, Warsaw Pact, cultural exchanges and diplomacy);
– the musical historiography of empire;
– musical education and its role in establishing and maintaining national and imperial identities;
– the effects of the decline and dissolution of empires and ’empires’ on constructed musical identities, ideologies, and official cultural policies in regard of music.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words and short biographical notes (of no more than 200 words) should be sent to by Monday 2 June 2014. Abstracts will be reviewed and results will be announced by 30 June 2014.

Convenors: Philip Bullock, Pauline Fairclough, Katerina Levidou, Ivana Medić, Danijela Špirić-Beard and Patrick Zuk

Any enquiries should be sent to