29. 08. 2019

International Multidisciplinary Symposium: Sounds, Songs, and Politics


What the research of song lyrics, bi- and multilingual songs, as well as song translations, can tell us about the power relations on a continuum between the coexistence and conflict in interhuman relations? How musical activities of traditional minorities, migrants, refugees, and diasporas correspond to transculturation, transnationality and other related scholarly concepts and processes? Which new directions in thinking, practising, and imagining sound’s and music’s capacities in the political arena, with particular focus on affect, body and senses, mark our time – the time of “crisis of political agency”

Welcome to our annual symposium, initiated back in 2011, which this time puts to the forefront the intricate connections within a triangle made of sound, song, and politics. Some thirty presenters from ten countries address the above and several other questions in their papers and organized panels. The three thematic foci are: Lingual intertwinings in songs as expressions of coexistence and conflicts, Music and transcultural identifications, and Music, politics, and affect.

Prof. Svanibor Pettan, PhD


Thursday, 29. 8. 2019

9.00 – 9.30 – REGISTRATION

  • Brandon LaBelle: Minor Acoustics and the Freedom to Listen

11.00 – 11.30 – Break
11.30 – 13.00 – PANEL 1: Individual Minority Musicians: A Clue for Better Understanding of the Majority-Minority Dynamics

  • Svanibor Pettan: Ethnomusicology of Individual Minority Musicians. Three Case Studies from Slovenia
  • Mojca Kovačič: Music Identifications between Ethnicity and Pragmatism
  • Leon Stefanija: Mapping Slavisms in Slovenian Music since 1918
  • Jernej Weiss: The Role of Czech Musicians in Musical Culture of Slovenia Between the Two World Wars

13.00 – 14.30 – Lunch
14.30 – 16.00

  • Maša Marty: With Music Against Homesickness. But With Which Music?
  • Mikaela Minga: Performing The Aromanian Song of Drenova: Creativity and Preservation
  • Ebru Yazici: A Natural Phenomenon, an Interdisciplinary Perspective: Polyphonic Overtone Singing

16.00 – 16.30 – Break
16.30 – 18.00

  • Fulvia Caruso: Structuring New Belongings, Composing Songs in Italian Extraordinary Reception Centres
  • Nuša Hauser: Institutionalization of Regional Education in the Istrian County – A Project to be Encouraged or an Object of Contention?
  • Maja Bjelica: Music of the Alevis in Turkey: (Dis)identification and Fluidity

20.00 – Opening of the 31st International Music Festival Nights in Old Ljubljana Town

Friday, 30. 8. 2019

9.00 – 11:00 – Sounds, Affect, and Politics in the Neoliberal Fringe

  • Alenka Bartulović: Sevdalinka, Affective Aspirations, and “Intimate Publics”
  • Mojca Kovačič: Transmission of Affect and Affective Atmospheres in Collective Singing
  • Ana Hofman: Affect’s Promise and Sonic Political Agency
  • Tanja Petrović: Sonic Affect and Industrial Debris
  • Martin Pogačar: Temporal Objects, Networked Bodies, and Affect

11.00 – 11.30 – Break
11.30 – 12.30

  • Ana Marković: In the Land of Sparkling Stars: Analysis of Socially Engaged Music as the Reaction to the Entry of Croatia to the EU
  • Svetozar Matejašev: Surfing on the Waves of Dadaistic Performances: Euro Neuro and Identity Politics of European Union 

12.30 – 16.00 – Reception with the mayor and boat trip with lunch along the Ljubljanica river
16.00 – 17.30

  • Nina Dragičević: Emancipatory Potential of Sonority and Music in the Construction of Lesbian Communities
  • Tjaša Jakop: Lyrics of the Activist Choirs in Slovenia
  • Mojca Piškor: Auralities of Bare Life: Searching for Sound in Written Narratives of Women Prisoners of Political Labour Camps on the Islands Grgur and Goli

17.30 – 18.00 – Break
18.00 – 19.30

  • Irena Šentevska: FESRAM and the Crap Music Debate in Serbia: Bad Taste as Political Resistance
  • Sonja Zdravkova Djeparoska: Music as a Tool of Activism: A Case Study from North Macedonia 
  • Arbnora Dushi: Music as a Tool for Emotional Mobilization for Political Changes: The Context of Reception and the Echoic Memory of an Albanian Pop Song 

20.00 – Concerts

Saturday, 31. 8. 2019

9.00 – 11:00 – PANEL 3: Challenges of Bilingualism in Songs and Music

  • Marija Klobčar: Reflecting the Power of Languages: Multilingual Songs of Oswald von Wolkenstein
  • Marjeta Pisk: Latin Language in Slovenian Folk Singing?
  • Urša Šivic: Singing at the Liturgy and Funerals – the Spaces of Bilingual Intertwining
  • Anja Moric: German? Slovenian? Multicultural? – Gottscheer Song

11.00 – 11.30 – Break
11.30 – 13.00

  • Julijana Lešić: Preservation of Sephardic Songs in Contemporary Balkan Societies
  • Thomas McKean: Inclusion or Exclusion – Scottish Traveller Cant in Folk Song
  • Tatjana Tomić: Addio Pola, Hymn of Ever-current Parting Sorrow and Silent Resistance

13.30 – 15.00 – Lunch
20.00 – Concerts

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