Following the success of our 10-day summer course ‘Music as Heritage: from Tradition to Product’ organized with CEU Cultural Heritage Studies in 2019, we will adapt our concept for an online musical heritage course. Based on the experiences of the previous course, we preserve the key academic elements, but transfer and present them in a brand-new online format.

The 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. The course also aims 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.

This year case studies will focus mainly on the Balkans, its intangible heritage and its strong cultural ties to Central and Eastern Europe. This regional scope offers fertile grounds for both research and pragmatic explorations branching off to broader societal, historical, political and cultural matters through the prisms of music and heritage. The 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 in the Balkans 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.

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 live multimedia presentationsgroup discussions, project presentations, one to one sessions with dedicated course faculty members. The course will include digital field research as an alternative to the field trip – an essential element of the course program.

The course awards 1 ECTS credit.

The course is co-organized by Forum for Folk Art Fund, Music Hungary, and the Cultural Heritage Studies Program, CEU, Budapest, Hungary.

“This course has allowed me to look at my own cultural heritage in an objective way. As a musician who works in both traditional and contemporary fields, I cannot describe the value that this has added onto my professional life.”

“What is special about this programme is that the very best ethnomusicologists, social anthropologists, archaeologists and other social scientists from America, UK, and Central Europe alike, as well as event managers and music practitioners, are all coming together and engaging in intimate formal as well as informal sessions (including trips, dinners, parties, lectures, fieldwork, etc.”