Music and Marginality in the Balkans: The Edginess of Edges

Friday, January 27, 2012

Franke Institute for the Humanities

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This Conference brought together scholars of a variety of musical genres, backgrounds, and disciplinary approaches both to share knowledge and create synergies for new directions in research. Participants examined music that comes from contexts of social marginality both archaic and modern. This includes those social marginalities that are understood in ethnic terms as well as those that are constructed through non-ethnic identities.



Conference Agenda:

“Music and Marginality in the Balkans: the Edginess of Edges”
Friday, January 27, 2012
Franke Institute for the Humanities (1100 E. 57th Street, Chicago)


9:15-9:45 a.m. Continental breakfast



9:45-10:00 a.m. Opening remarks (Victor Friedman, Director, CEERES and Andrew Mellon Professor, University of Chicago)



10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Panel 1 [Angelina Ilieva, Chair]

Music and Minorities: A Growing Field in European Ethnomusicology (Svanibor Pettan, University of Ljubljana)


Dancing and Duduki in the Bulgarian Armenian Diaspora: Choreographic Edges and Interiors, Musical Elisions and Interlocks (Donna A. Buchanan, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign)


“Gypsy Fingers are Unique!” Identity Politics and Narratives of Marginality in Romani Musical Performance in Vranje, Serbia (Aexander Markovic, University of Illinois – Chicago)


The Turkish Zeybek: Caught between the National and the Marginal (Jaynie Aydin, European University of Lefke, North Cyprus)



1:00-2:00 p.m. LUNCH



2:00-4:15 p.m. Panel 2 [Philip V. Bohlman, Chair]

Cool be njeri: Youth slang, popular song, and the contestation of urban space in postwar Kosova (Jane C. Sugarman, CUNY Graduate Center)


Roma and the Cultural Politics of Representation in Chalga (Carol Silverman, University of Oregon)


What’s ‘Beautiful’ about Balkan Marginality?: Tracing Hip Hop’s Shifting Claims to Prominence (Owen Kohl, University of Chicago)



4:15-4:45 p.m. Break



4:45-7:00 p.m. Panel 3 [Victor A. Friedman, Chair]

The Cultural Significance of the Turkish 9 Rhythm: Timing, Tradition, and Identity (Emir Cenk Aydin, Ege University State Turkish Music Conservatory)


Centraility and marginality: woman’s and effeminate male’s music among Roma in Kosovo (Domenico Staiti, Università di Bologna)


Amen theren e musika ano vast!” (“We have the music in the arms!”): Hatixhe Korlak (Silvia Bruni, Università di Bologna)


The final two papers were presented together. Listen to this presentation:

Part 1

Part 2