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

Focus: intangible heritage of the Western Balkan region, and its ties to Central and Eastern Europe

Course date

8 July - 17 July, 2020
Extended application deadline
30 April, 2020
Course Director(s): 

Balazs Weyer

Music Hungary, Budapest, Hungary

Zsuzsanna Szálka

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

Ardian Ahmedaja

Institute for Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria

Jana Ambrozova

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

Gergely Fazekas

Department of Musicology, Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary

József Laszlovszky

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

András Lelkes

Forum for Folk Art Fund, Budapest, 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
Following the success and experience of our summer course ‘Music as Heritage: from Tradition to Product’ organized with CEU Cultural Heritage Studies in 2019, our next musical heritage course will place the Western Balkan, its intangible heritage and its strong cultural ties to Central and Eastern Europe in its focus
This regional scope offers fertile grounds for both research and pragmatic explorationsbranching off to broader societal, historical, political and cultural matters through the prisms of music and heritage. The Western Balkans is a rich repository of eastern and western influences reflected in its art, and in close interaction with the rest of the continent. Heritage has received extra layers of context by decades of conflict - which the course reflects by offering discussions on national identity, cross-cultural dialogue, musical heritage management and preserving tradition through the angle of modern musicology. A two-day field trip will offer an encounter with tangible and intangible heritage.
The course will rely on both CEU lecturers and leading scholars in the field such as Jonathan Stock from University College Cork, Martin Stokes from King’s College London, as well as Ardian Ahmedaja from mdw Vienna presented in the format of lectures, seminar discussions, workshops and social events, as well as a field trip to get a real-life experience of traditional music.
The course is co-organized by Forum for Folk Art Fund, Music Hungary, and the Cultural Heritage Studies Program, CEU, Budapest, Hungary.
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.