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

February 17 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

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.

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

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


09.30-09.45Welcome and introductory remarks
IAS,  Cosin’s Hall, Palace Green
09.45-10.45Keynotes (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)
IAS Common Room, Cosin’s Hall, Palace Green
11.00-13.00Parallel 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
IAS Common Room, Cosin’s Hall, Palace Green
14.00-16.00Parallel 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
IAS Common Room, Cosin’s Hall, Palace Green
16.20-17.30Round-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


Enquiries may be made to: reemstudygroup@googlemail.com (www.basees.org.uk/sgreem.shtml and https://www.facebook.com/groups/298919210166456/).

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 (https://www.durhamworldheritagesite.com/learn/architecture/palace-green/cosins-hall).

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


February 17
9:30 am - 5:30 pm


Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), Cosin’s Hall; and PG20 & PG21 Pemberton Building. Palace Green


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

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