MAS Announces: 12th International Symposium MUSIC IN SOCIETY

MAS Announces: 12th International Symposium MUSIC IN SOCIETY

On Thursday, December 10, 2020, the Musicological Society of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Academy of Music of the University of Sarajevo will inaugurate the 12th edition of thebBiennial International Musicological Symposium "Music in Society".

According to one of the founders of the Symposium, Prof. Emer. Dr. Ivan Čavlović, the vision behind the founding of the Symposium in 1998 was "to establish war-torn human ties and to include contemporary Bosnian musicology in international musicological streams." After 22 years, the Symposium has continuously surpassed the intentions of its founders, reaching the position of one of the most important regional meeting points for musicologists, ethnomusicologists, music pedagogues, music theorists, and scientists and experts in related fields dedicated to researching music phenomena in society.

This year, the Symposium was not stopped by a pandemic, so it is being held for the first time in the form of a video conference. In this way, 59 participants from ten countries will meet in virtual Sarajevo, in four symposium programs.

The activities of the Symposium begin with the opening ceremony on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 10 am, where the participants will be addressed by the President of the Musicological Society of the Federation of BiH Dr. Amila Ramović, Dean of the Music Academy of the University of Sarajevo Ališer Sijarić, and Vice-Rector for Arts of the University of Sarajevo Dr. Tamara Karača Beljak.

The central program consists of working sessions that will present new scientific knowledge from various domains of music science and related disciplines on December 10, 11 and 12. A special session will be dedicated to aspects of musical life in the age and marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program also includes two plenary lectures.

The honorary position of the introductory lecture was given to Dr. Lana Šehović Paćuka, musicologist and professor at the Department of Musicology of the Academy of Music of the University of Sarajevo, who will present part of the research presented in the book Female Identities in the Musical Life of Austro-Hungarian Sarajevo, published in 2019 by the Academy of Music of the University of Sarajevo. Dr. Šehović Paćuka's lecture entitled "Changing perceptions about the presence of artists on the concert stage: a case study of Sarajevo a la franca café (1878-1918)" will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2020, starting at 6 p.m.

The second introductory lecture will be given by Dr. David Clampitt, a respected music theorist, formerly a professor at Yale University, and today at Oklahoma State University, winner of the American Society for Music Theory Award for Scientific Work. His lecture is related to the specific application of mathematical theories in music analysis, and is thematically close to this year's celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. The lecture by David Clampitt entitled “Unusual Doubles: Self-Dual Harmonic Systems in Beethoven’s Op. 131 (1827) and Schubert's Double” will take place on Friday, December 11, 2020, beginning at 7 p.m. The program of the Symposium includes two thematic meetings dedicated to personalities of historical significance for music in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On Friday, 11 December 2020, at 4.30 pm, the Sumposium focusses on a discussion entitled "100 Years since the Birth of Zaim Imamović". The role of Zaim Imamović will be discussed by ethnomusicologist Maja Baralić Materne, editor of the music program of BH Radio 1, literary historian Dr. Nirha Efendić, curator of oral poetry of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, writer Lejla Kalamujić, author of the biography of Zaim Imamović, ethnomusicologist Dr. Tamara Karača Beljak, professor at the Academy of Music of the University of Sarajevo, and Damir Imamović, musician and family member of Zaim Imamović.

The finale of the Symposium will be marked by a gathering on the occasion of the passing of Zija Kučukalić, a capital figure for the development of musicology in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and especially for the Academy of Music of the University of Sarajevo. On this occasion, Zija Kučukalić will be remembered by his colleagues and students, Maja Baralić Materne, Svjetlana Bukvich, composer and professor at City University of New York, Dr. Mladen Milićević, composer and professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Dr. Ankica Petrović, ethnomusicologist and social anthropologist, former professor at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo and the University of California, Los Angeles, and Dr. Aleksandra Wagner, now faculty at The New School, New York and a psychoanalyst in private practice, once a student of Zija Kučukalić at the Department of Musicology of the Sarajevo Academy of Music.

All programs of the 12th International Symposium "Music in Society" will be available to the public.

The access link will be posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, on the website of the Musicological Society, and the Academy of Music of the University of Sarajevo,, where the program of the entire conference can also be found.

Full program can be found here. (




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