Cultural heritage studies, Ethnology, Ethnomusicology, Social anthropology, Sociology


Co-organized by Forum for Folk Art Fund, Music Hungary, and the Cultural Heritage Studies Program, CEU, Budapest, Hungary.
Partners: Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Music Export Poland, SoundCzech

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.


Course date

1 July - 10 July, 2019
Course Director(s): 

József Laszlovszky

Cultural Heritage Studies Program/Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary / Vienna, Austria

Balazs Weyer

Music Hungary, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Jana Ambrozova

Department of Ethnology and Folkloristics, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia

Alexandra Kowalski

Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, CEU, Budapest, Hungary/Vienna, Austria

Lynn Hooker

Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, Purdue University, US

András Lelkes

Forum for Folk Art Fund, Budapest, Hungary

Soma Salamon

Folk Music department, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest Budapest, Hungary

Melanie Kay Smith

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences, Institute for Sociology / School of Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality, Budapest Metropolitan University, Hungary

Gabor Soos

Cultural Heritage Studies Program (visiting faculty), Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Jonathan Stock

School of Film, Music and Theatre, Department of Music, University College Cork, Ireland

Martin Stokes

Department of Music, King's College London, UK

Zsuzsanna Szálka

Cultural Heritage Studies Program (visiting faculty), Central European University, Budapest, Hungary / Vienna, Austria

Anna Szemere

Independent Scholar

There is a long tradition of cooperation between ethnography and musicology in Central and Eastern Europe, which has been challenged by modern trans-disciplinary approaches of ethnomusicology. Combined with the extensive experience of CEU’s Cultural Heritage Studies and CEU’s Arts and Culture Center, this course provides an insight into the intangible heritage scene and its most universally accessible fields: music. This course tackles the methods and approaches of modern musicology as an integral part of heritage studies, using music as a tool for analysing and describing social changes, interaction of state policies, culture, cultural heritage and audience, as well as a potent identity marker.

The other major theme of the course is to explore various aspects of musical heritage management creating audience development-focused, yet socially conscious business policies; as well as to present a contemporary and viable approach to responsible arts management. The course includes a field trip providing both a unique opportunity to get further insights into research methods and a real-life experience of traditional music.

The course relies greatly on both CEU lecturers and leading scholars in the field such as Jonathan Stock from University College Cork, as well as Martin Stokes from King’s College London (author of “Ethnicity, Identity and Music: The Musical Construction of Place.”).

The complex heritage aspects of the course will be presented in the format of lectures, seminar discussions, workshops, a field trip and more.