Keynote Lectures

Keynote speakers (t.b.c. for 2021)

Esteban Buch (EHESS/France)

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Esteban Buch (Buenos Aires, 1963) is a professor of music history at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. A specialist of the relationships between music and politics, he is the author of Trauermarsch. L’Orchestre de Paris dans l’Argentine de la dictature (Seuil, 2016), Le cas Schönberg. Naissance de l’avant-garde musicale (Gallimard, 2006), and Beethoven’s Ninth. A Political History (The University of Chicago Press, 2003), among other books. He is also the coeditor of Composing for the State: Music in Twentieth Century Dictatorships (Routledge, 2016) and Finding Democracy in Music (Routledge, 2021).

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Milena Dragićević Šešić (University of Arts Belgrade/Serbia)

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Dr. Milena Dragićević Šešić, prof. emerita, former President of University of Arts, Belgrade, Founder of UNESCO Chair in Interculturalism, Art Management and Mediation, professor of Cultural  Policy & Management, Cultural studies, Media studies. Diplomas: D.E.A. Paris-VIII 1977, Mag. University of Arts Belgrade (1981), and Ph.D. in literature and communication University of Belgrade (1990).
Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (French Ministry of Education) 2002.  ENCATC Fellowship Laureate 2019. University of Arts Laureate in 2004 & 2019.

Guest Lecturer at numerous world universities.Published 20 books and more than 200 essays: Vers les nouvelles politiques culturelles; Art management in turbulent times: adaptable quality management; Intercultural mediation in the Balkans (both with S. Dragojevic); Art and Culture of Dissent; Culture: management, animation, marketing (with B. Stojkovic); Neofolk culture; Art and alternative… Translated in 17 languages.
Expert for UNESCO, European Cultural Foundation, Council of Europe. Realized 50 projects in cultural policy and management (Europe, India, Cambodia, Arab countries, Central Asia).

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Denise Gill (Stanford/USA) t.b.c.

Denise Gill is Assistant Professor of Music at Stanford University. She is an ethnomusicologist and sound studies scholar specializing in contemporary Turkey who endeavors to develop new methodologies for critical listening. Dr. Gill’s current ethnographic fieldwork considers distinct listening structures attuned to the sounds of death, loss, and migratory thresholds. Her writings recently received three notable prizes: Her book Melancholic Modalities: Affect, Islam, and Turkish Classical Musicians (Oxford UP, 2017) won the 2019 Ruth Stone Prize recognizing the most outstanding monograph in ethnomusicology that is an author’s first book. Her article “Listening, Muhabbet, and the Practice of Masculinity” (published in 2018) received two prizes, the 2019 Jaap Kunst Prize – this highly competitive award honors the most significant article published in the field of ethnomusicology; and the 2019 Marcia Herndon Award recognizing the most exceptional ethnomusicological work in gender and sexuality.

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Mina Yang (Minerva/USA)

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Mina Yang is the author of California Polyphony: Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads (University of Illinois Press, 2008) and Planet Beethoven: Classical Music at the Turn of the Millennium (Wesleyan University Press, 2014). She has taught in music schools and universities throughout California, including the San Francisco Conservatory, University of California San Diego, and University of Southern California. As Professor of Arts & Humanities at Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute, Dr. Yang teaches music, visual arts, literature, and social history courses to students around the world on Minerva’s state of the art e-learning platform. Her research focuses on the convergence of commercialism, racial and sexual politics, and technology in global musical cultures.

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