First online seminar: Musica em Debate

The online discussion was hosted by Samuel Araujo and several ethnomusicological organizations in Brazil (Ethnomusicology Laboratory and Musiculture Group – Tide, UFRJ, UFPA Ethnomusicology Laboratory composed of the Studies Group on Music in Pará, Research Group on Music and Identity in the Amazon, both from UFPA, and the Studies Group of Music in the Amazon, from UEPA). 

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SIEF Working Group BASE: Bodies, Affects, Senses and Emotions 3rd workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 4 and 5 June 2020

The 3rd BASE workshop seeks to explore the work which is currently being done by working group members and other researchers whose work focuses on the body, affects, senses and emotions.

We invite 20-minute presentations from scholars across the arts & humanities concerned with the focus of the working group – bodies, affects, emotions, senses – but taking a variety of perspectives (historical, synchronic etc). We especially welcome presentations that focus on “collective becomings” – affective politics in the time of global uprisings.

Proposals of no more than 300 words, accompanied by a max 100-word biography, should be submitted to Ana Hofman and to by Monday, 3 February 2020.

Workshop Convenor: Dr. Ana Hofman, Institute of Culture and Memory Studies, Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Venue: Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Local organising team: Dr. Ana Hofman, Dr. Martin Pogačar, Teja Komel Klepec (Institute of Culture and Memory Studies, Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)

Ana Hofman – SINGing, SOCIALizing, SELForganizing: An insight into an engaged Viennese music collective

It is the evening of 11 December in Vienna’s 15th district, and I am sitting with Jana, Lejla, and Šarlot, eagerly awaiting the screening of a documentary about a unique community choir on the occasion of its fourth anniversary. We are in Brunnengasse, known as a migrant district of Vienna, at the AU Gallery, which is starting to crowd with men, women, and children of all ages and various ethnicities, all of them warmly greeting each other. In this setting, through the documentary and a public rehearsal that soon began, I became acquainted with a most interesting Viennese singing collective, the 29th of NovemberChoir. Vienna is a city known for its music, and one can expect many different musical networks, organizations, and professional bodies. And yet the choir members, many of whom I met at the documentary screening, do not perceive themselves as musicians at all. Rather, they claim radical amateurism, musical self-education, and self-organization. Why?


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Alenka Bartulović, Affective hospitality: sevdalinka and the new politics of solidarity in Slovenia

In the framework of Erasmus+ teaching exchange, Assist. Prof. Alenka Bartulović gave four lectures at the University of Zadar at the end of October. She addressed the imagining of the future in post-war Sarajevo and especially the role of music in antinationalist activism. In her second lecture she focused on affectivity and politics of Bosnian music, particularly sevdalinka in Ljubljana in the 1990s.

14th International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF)

Ana Hofman and Mojca Kovačič presented the project at the 14th International Society for Ethnology and Folklore(SIEF) congress entitled: “Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transforming World.” They presented the paper “Affective politics in a time of political exhaustion: a sonic view” in the panel Affect and atmospheres in the ethnographic betweenorganized by the SIEF Working Group on Body, Affects, Senses, and Emotions (BASE), organized by Deborah Kapchan (New York University) and Birgit Abels (Georg August University Göttingen).

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The project team joined the SIEF Working Group on Body, Affects, Senses, and Emotions  and participated at the group meeting.

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