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Registration to attend is essential

17 February 2024 - 17 February 2024

9:30AM - 5:30PM

Institute of Advanced Study, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green; and PG20 & PG21, Pemberton Room, Pemberton Building, Palace Green

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The 2024 Annual Conference of the Slavonic and East European Music Study Group of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies takes place in Durham on Saturday 17 February 2024.

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BASEES Study Group for Slavonic and Eastern European Music Annual Conference 2024

Convenors: Philip Ross Bullock, Katerina Levidou, Ivana Medić and Patrick Zuk

Attendance at the conference is free, however places must be registered via in advance. 



09.30-09.45 Welcome and introductory remarks
  IAS,  Cosin’s Hall, Palace Green
09.45-10.45 Keynotes (plenary session) (Chair: Christoph Flamm)
  Pemberton Rooms, PG20
  Writing and rewriting music histories: Changing mentalities in Romanian musicology
  Valentina Sandu-Dediu (New Europe College, Bucharest)
  National Identity of Ukrainian Music on the Modern Stage
  Olha Kushniruk (University of Cambridge)
10.45-11.00 Break
  IAS Common Room, Cosin’s Hall, Palace Green
11.00-13.00 Parallel session I : Avant-garde legacies (Chair : Kevin Bartig)
  Pemberton Rooms, PG21
  Music in Natural-Tone System – Josip Slavenski, Microtonal Folklore, and Electroacoustic Music
  Miloš Bralović 
  Iva Bittová and the ‘umbilical cord’
  Miloš Zapletal 
  Grażyna Bacewicz
  James Savage-Hanford 
  The 'forgotten' Symphonies of Vasilije Mokranjac 
  Ivana Medić 
  Parallel session II: Women in music (Chair: Philip Bullock)
  Pemberton Rooms, PG20
  [Re]Visiting Greek Women Composers: The case of Maria Kalogridou (1922-2001) 
  Magdalini Kalopana
  Madona or femme fatale? Musical Characterisation of the Female Protagonist in Manolis Kalomiris’s Konstantinos Palaiologos 
  Katerina Levidou
  The Operatic Career of a Ukrainian Singer, Ina Bourskaya (1886–1954)
  Yoriko Morimoto
  Agency through Liturgical Music: The Role of Eastern European Migrant Women in Rome’s Liturgical Worship
  Blanche Lacoste
13.10-14.00 Lunch
  IAS Common Room, Cosin’s Hall, Palace Green
14.00-16.00 Parallel session III: Intermediality and cultural exchange (Chair: Ivana Medic)
  Pemberton Rooms, PG21
  Partitura as Record: Bronislava Nijinska’s Textual Reconciliation of Innovation and Tradition 
  Jordan Lian
  An East-European Revival of Hellenism? Orchestics and choreia in theory and practice
  Irina Sirotkina
  The dawn of Japanese Western music history and Ukrainian musicians
  Fumiko Hitotsuyanagi
  Sculpting in Sound: Valentin Silvestrov’s Symphony No. 5
  Richard Louis Gillies 
  Parallel session IV: Music and politics (Chair: Valentina Sandu-Dediu)
  Pemberton Rooms, PG20
  ‘Free Association’: The Association of Hungarian Musicians during the Revolution, the State Socialist Retaliation, and the Restoration (1956–1959)
  Lóránt Péteri
  Vladimir Putin and the Weaponization of Music
  Daniel Elphick
  The yuródivyy and the Vātēs: two premodern artistic roles in the East European modern culture 
  Ákos Windhager
  The Politics of Dikanka Operas in the Late Russian Empire
  Rutger Helmers
16.00-16.20 Break
  IAS Common Room, Cosin’s Hall, Palace Green
16.20-17.30 Round-table discussion: The current state of Slavonic and Eastern European Music Studies (plenary session)
  Participants: Kevin Bartig, Christoph Flamm, Olha Kushniruk, Valentina Sandu-Dediu
  Pemberton Rooms, PG20
17.30 End


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Useful Information




The conference venues are both situated on Palace Green, close to Durham Cathedral. The event will commence in the Institute of Advanced Study, which is on the ground floor of Cosin’s Hall (


SEEM gratefully acknowledges the financial support of BASEES and Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study and School of Modern Languages and Cultures.