Danijela Špirić-Beard is on the programme committee for the conference ‘Musical Legacies of State Socialism: Revisiting Narratives about Post-World War II Europe’, to be held in Belgrade in September 2015. The conference seeks to revisit the musical legacies of socialist countries in Europe in the period 1945−89. The aim is go beyond the simplistic or reified readings of the impermeable Iron Curtain, and instead open up a discourse that will examine the mechanics of social engineering in the constructions of the Iron Curtain, with its implied symbolic borders and the politics of inside-outside, Eastern/Socialist–Western/Capitalist. The conference will examine the cultural programmes cultivated by the socialist states, the influence of socialist ideology on music in the West, and the present-day political and artistic re-appropriation of the socialist legacies. The conference is co-organised by the Study Group for Russian and Eastern European Music, part of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies. The full call for papers may be read here .
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