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Call for Papers for Panel Music in post-Communist Europe

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Author Profile: Patrick Egan
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Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities


Interdisciplinary conference on Music studies

Vienna, Austria



Call for Papers for Panel Music in post-Communist Europe

Divisions between the West and the East are very often heard in the public sphere, and this particularly applies to post-Communist Europe that has been excluded from exchange of experiences and interaction with peers during the Communist rule. Even though this does not mean that Communist countries did not have developed music scene nor does it mean that Communist countries only allowed pro-regime lyrics in music, this is one of typical prejudices about Communist regimes. These prejudices have been further deepened with events surrounding North Korea where international media published stories on singers and bands that are singing about the regime, and participate in state-designed propaganda.


Even though Communist regimes in Europe enforced dictatorships and limitation of the freedom of speech, it was not always the case that singers had to sing to the regime and about the regime. A good example for this practice is former Yugoslavia that had very developed music and film production. In that, many films and songs were about general themes of love, relationships, or local customaries and local patriotism (so long as the local patriotism was not an obstacle to the official doctrine of brotherhood and unity between all peoples in former Yugoslavia). During the 1980s, music and film scene flourished with the arrival of New Wave that expressed certain criticism of the regime and films expressed more courage in picturing some of the taboo topics such as LGBT problematic, feminism and promiscuity.


During the events surrounding the fall of Communism, music also played a role where in some instances musicians engaged in nationalism by playing nationally toned songs and by influencing the change of identity in post-Communist countries. Change of regimes also brought changes in music scene, and post-Communist societies became more exposed to influences from the West.


Nonetheless, even though it has been more than 20 years since the fall of Communism, there is still little understanding of the events surrounding Communist regimes in Europe and events after the fall of Communism, and particularly when it comes to popular culture and music in particular.


Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following topics:


Music during the Communist rule in general

Music in Communist countries during the 1980s

Music and the change of regimes

Music and nationalism during the change of regimes

Music after the fall of Communism

New Wave in the West and in the East

Music and LGBT rights in post-Communist Europe

Music and feminism in post-Communist Europe

Americanization of post-Communist Europe



Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words), short bios (up to 100 words), and email contact should be sent to

martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com by 1st June 2014.


The Centre has established a peer review journal, and a working paper series. Conference papers will be considered.


We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers and practitioners.


Conference fee is EUR 290, and it includes


The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Conference publication

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing proceedings)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Meals and drinks during both days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance


Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU). We selected Austria as a place for hosting conferences due to Austria’s favourable geographic position, and liberal Visa regime for conference participants with EU Visa requirements.

Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Austria. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference.

The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.








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