Special Issue "Balkan Music: Past, Present, Future"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 November 2019).
Interests: Balkan music; popular music; Russian/Soviet music since 1950; Serbian music since 1950
This Special Issue on Balkan music gathers together scholars from different disciplines (historians, historical musicologists, ethnomusicologists, ethnochoreologists, anthropologists) and from 11 countries (Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Japan, and New Zealand) who have engaged with the music of the Balkan Peninsula. The essays in this volume cover various regional traditions and styles, including both authentic and stylized folklore music and dance, as well as urban popular folk music, several genres of contemporary pop-folk (turbo-folk, manele, chalga), music of specific ethnic groups or distinct regions within the Balkans, etc.
The main idea for this Special Issue is to "deconstruct" and then "reconstruct" the meaning of the term "Balkan music" for Western readers. The majority of Westerners have very vague preconceptions (and little actual information) about Balkan music and how many diverse traditions and musical styles it encompasses; hence, they only associate Balkan music with brass bands, or commercial pop-folk, Romani music, etc. Therefore, the goal of this volume is to demonstrate the versatility and multiple uses of the term Balkan music and to illustrate it with case studies from all countries that occupy the territory of the Balkan Peninsula, with shared historical and cultural heritage.
Dr. Ivana Medić
Manuscript Submission Information
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- music in the Balkans vs. "Balkan music"
- Ottoman and/or Byzantine heritage
- (West) European influences
- popular music