Current Approaches in (Ethno)Musicology and (Ethno)Choreology

Publisher: Istanbul University Press, Türkiye

Guest Editors: Abdullah Akat, Marija Dumnić Vilotijević

Conservatorium is an open access, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal published biannually in June and December by Istanbul University State Conservatory.

The journal focuses on the publication of research and studies covering all aspects of music, musicology and performing arts, and welcomes research conducted within a variety of different disciplines (including sociology, philosophy, history, language and literature, art, cultural studies, aesthetics, psychology, biomechanics, physiology, neuroscience, electroacoustics, organology, and other related areas).

This special issue is dedicated to Prof. Dr. Selena Rakočević (1971–2022), a member of the Editorial Board of Conservatorium, whom we recently lost unexpectedly. Her scientific temper helped the Journal all the time and she was also one of the prominent team members of the TRackeRS research project that is conducted by Istanbul University State Conservatory and the Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Selena Rakočević was a distinguished Serbian ethnomusicologist and ethnochoreologist, educated and employed at the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade. Her career has inspired many young scholars in Serbia and influenced global folk dance research. Especially as a member of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), she gave valuable contributions to the Balkan music and dance issues and the structural analysis of dance.

Guest editors, Prof. Dr. Abdullah Akat and Dr. Marija Dumnić Vilotijević, seek papers for this special issue of the journal focusing on Balkan music and dance which will be published in March 2023.

Manuscripts submitted for publication by 31 January 2023, should be in English and between 6,000–8,000 words, including references.

In this issue, “Balkan music and dance” is interpreted as any folk, art, religious or popular music/dance practice which is created or performed in Balkan region, or music/dance genres which refers to “Balkan” by discourse or stereotypical features. We invite contributors to respond to following topics, but not limit to them:

  • reflection of the concept of Balkans on different national (ethno)musicological and (ethno)choreological “schools”;
  • approaches towards definition/construction of “Balkan dance”;
  • common features of folk music in Balkan countries (especially folk music instruments and urban folk music practices);
  • current methodological tendencies in collaborative research;
  • regional contributions to global music history;
  • new approaches to research of “Balkan” music genres;
  • Serbian–Turkish connections in music and dance;
  • dance and music in common rituals.

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