The Department of Musicology of the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, is pleased to announce its Fifteenth International Conference.

The subject of the conference Music-Musicology-Interpretation focuses on the complex and multifaceted relationships between the constituent concepts. It proposes to re- examine these multiple relations by thematizing, from the point of view of interpretation, music as language, discourse, work of art and text, the performance of music and the discourse on music – musicology itself.

Steve Johnson

Conference Research Topics:

  • Interpretive criticism in musicology versus primary research and the “new musicology”
  • Musical hermeneutics versus semiotics and structural analysis of music
  • Musical hermeneutics / interpretation in history and as history
  • Musical work / discourse / text as interpretation
  • Musical language and meaning, reference, representation, narrativity and time
  • Musical metaphor and metaphor in the discourse on music
  • Subjectivity and objectivity in musical interpretation
  • Music and / as performance
  • Musical performance and / as analysis of music
  • Historically informed performance as a field of recreation of the past
  • The listener as interpreter

The official language of the conference is English. It is possible to deliver papers also in German, French, Russian, and Serbian, but the authors are kindly requested to provide a Power-Point presentation in English or the translation of their papers in English. The time limit for the presentation and discussion of your paper is set at 30 minutes in total. Selected papers presented at the conference will be published in the proceedings.

Keynote Speakers

  • Danielle Cohen-Levinas
    Professor of Musicology and Philosophy Université Paris 4 / ENS-CNRS, France
  • Robert S. Hatten
    Marlene & Morton Meyerson Professor in Music
    Professor of Music Theory
    Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music
    The University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Lawrence Kramer
    Distinguished Professor of English and Music Fordham University, USA
  • Makis Solomos
    Professor of Musicology Université Paris 8, France
  • Eero Tarasti
    Professor emeritus of Musicology The University of Helsinki, Finland

Conference fee

Both participation at the Conference and the publication of a text whose topic has been accepted by the Programme Committee are conditional upon the payment of the participation fee.

The travel expenses, per diem expenses and hotel accommodation are to be covered by the participants. The fee can be paid on the spot or with PayPal (120€; early bird, deadline June 15th, 2020: 100€; PhD candidates: 50€).

Participants will be notified about PayPal payments instructions.

Previous Conference of the Department of Musicology, Faculty of Music in Belgrade, 2014

Important Dates

Nick Hillier

  • April 5th, 2020

    May 11th, 2020

    The submission deadline

    Please submit your paper topic (including the thematic area as listed above) to
    Ivana Petković Lozo at e-mail address:
    Please include your short biography and an abstract of 250 words.

  • May 5th, 2020

    June 1st, 2020

    Feedback on submissions

    You will be notified if your topic has been accepted.

  • June 15th, 2020

    July 15th, 2020

    Early bird payments

    The fee can be paid on the spot or with PayPal: 100€; PhD candidates: 50€

  • 22-24th October 2020


Programme Committee

  • Professor Antonio Baldassarre, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Suisse
  • Professor Danielle Cohen-Levinas, Université Paris 4 / ENS-CNRS, France
  • Associate Professor Paulo Ferreira de Castro, CESEM – Nova FCSH, Portugal
  • Professor Robert S. Hatten, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Distinguished Professor Lawrence Kramer, Fordham University, USA
  • Associate Professor Marija Masnikosa, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Professor Ivana Perković, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Professor Tijana Popović Mladjenović, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Professor Makis Solomos, Université Paris 8, France
  • Professor Irina Susidko, Gnesins Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia
  • Professor Leon Stefanija, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Professor Ana Stefanović, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Professor Dragana Stojanović-Novičić, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Professor emeritus Eero Tarasti, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Academician, Professor emeritus Stanislav Tuksar, HAZU/University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Professor Mirjana Veselinović-Hofman, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia

Organizing Committee

Stefan Cvetković, PhD candidate,
Teaching Assistant,
University of Arts in Belgrade

Marina Marković, PhD candidate,
Teaching Assistant,
University of Arts in Belgrade

Ivana Miladinović-Prica, PhD,
Teaching Assistant,
University of Arts in Belgrade

Radoš Mitrović, PhD,
Teaching Assistant,
University of Arts in Belgrade

Ivana Petković Lozo, PhD,
Teaching Assistant,
University of Arts in Belgrade


Faculty of Music in Belgrade is one of the four faculties within the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. It was founded in 1937 and ever since is amongst the highest-ranked music and educational institutions in the Western Balkans region. Since its foundation, Faculty of Music has developed into strong educational and artistic centre with more than 1000 students, 200 professors and associates.

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The activities of the Department of Musicology are strongly focused on teaching and research activities. These inseparable components in the work of the Department’s members are symbiotic, and they forming the basis of any type of engagement with students at all study levels: bachelor, master and doctoral.

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