At one of the suggested topics of the ICTM group for multipart music (23‑27 September 2019, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina), which dealt with emotions and aesthetic experiences in music practices, Mojca Kovačič presented a paper titled Emotional and Affective Experiences in Collective Singing , in which she presented the theoretical starting points and methodological challenges for the research of emotions and affect elicited by collective singing.
The international symposium titled “Sounds, Songs, and Politics” took place from 29th to 31st August 2019 in Ljubljana. The symposium is part of the annual international street festival “Nights in the Old Ljubljana Town”.
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).
Balša Delibašić, Sara Nikolić and Jelena Vasiljević published a book, Demokratizacija odozdo: formiranje i delovanje novih društvenih pokreta u Srbiji i Makedoniji(Democratisation from below: formation and workings of new social movements in Serbia and Macedonia).
Dr. Rajko Muršič lectured about the alternative music scene in Štajerska, Slovenia, during the 1980s. He also presented his lates book, Glasbeni pojmovnik za mlade (Musical glossary for the youth), published in 2018.
Panel and presentations, abstracts: This panel explores the political efficacy of music and sound in settings of political futility. Convening scholars working in diverse settings across the neoliberal global periphery (post-socialist former Yugoslavia, contemporary religious-nationalist India, and violent “post-conflict” Colombia), this panel focuses on how music and sound intervene, or are complicit, in a political atmosphere structured affectively by apathy, exhaustion, and capitulation.