Program & Program Booklet: Conference: Music, Migration, Belonging/s in 21st-Century Europe



Program (PDF)

Last update: November 23, 2023 Program change! The version in the program booklet has changed, updated version is here and will be put up at the converence venue.


Our program booklet is finalized, you can download it here: Program Booklet (15 MB)


Program (updated November 23):


November 24, 2023


9.00–9.30 Registration

9.30–9.45 Welcome and Introduction


Ursula Hemetek (Music and Minorities Research Center)

 including Welcome Words of Anja Brunner, Conference Organiser

Marko Kölbl (Departement of Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology)


9.45–11 KEYNOTE


Nadia Kiwan: Rethinking Political Community and Belonging in a Hostile Environment: Migration in the Age of ‘Fortress Europe’

Chair: Malik Sharif


11–11.30 Coffee Break


11.30–13 KEYPANEL: Music, Belonging/s, Migration: Perspectives on Present Challenges in Europe

Chair: Lisa Gaupp


Evrim Hikmet Öğüt: Guests or Hosts? An Overview of Syrian Musicians’ Experience in Istanbul’s Tourism Sector


Mojca Piškor: Music, Sound and the (Im)Possibilities of Belonging on the Balkan Route


Talia Bachir-Loopuyt: Music from Middle East and North Africa in France:
Multiple Belongings and the Question of Visibility


13.00–15.00 Lunch Break 

14.00–15.00 Coffee Break at the Coffee Break Area


15–16.30 PANEL 1: What does (not) Belonging Sound like? Listening to Negotiations and Strategies Around Music, Migration, and Citizenship and PANEL 2: (Re-)Creating Collectivity within Forced Migration: Music and Politics Intertwined

Chair: Britta Sweers


Eckehard Pistrick: Migratory Aesthetics – Critical Ethnomusicological Perspectives through a Biographical Lense


Ioannis Christidis: Echoes of the 2011 Syrian Uprising in Europe - Music and Political Belonging among Syrian Forced Migrants in Greece and Austria


Anastasiia Mazurenko: Forced Migration of Ukrainians and Belonging Performance through Choral Music in Slovenia


18.00 Dinner (at Sargfabrik)


19.30 Concert: Basma Jabr and Friends (at Sargfabrik)


Basma Jabr – Vocals

Mohannad Nasser – Oud

Oscar Antolí – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Kaval

Victoria Kirioova – Double Bass

András Dés – Percussion



November 25, 2023


9.30–11 PANEL 3: “Unsilent Strangers” and Cohabitation: Japan’s Multicultural Coexistence and Musicking as Seen through European Experiences

Chair: Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes


Screening of video message by Hugh de Ferranti: Music Communities of Ethnic and Cultural Minorities in and from Japan


Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes: Our Version of Coexistence: Filipino Migrant’ Musicking and Migrants Singers in Japan and the World


Takako Inoue: Musical Activities among Cosmopolitan Indians: Case Studies on Asian Underground and Tyagaraja Aradhana



11–11.30 Coffee Break


11.30–13 PANEL 4: (Music) Beyond the Nation: Ambiguities and Challenges

Chair: Malik Sharif


Jasmine Hornabrook: Belonging Across Borders: Multiplicity and the Politics of Sonic Belonging in the Tamil Diasporic Music Scene


Andrew Snyder: Inter-Migrant Belonging for Non-Brazilian Migrants in Brazilian Carnival Practices in Lisbon, Portugal


Lena Dražić: Viennese Neighbourhoods, Invented Traditions, and the Global Village. (Post-) Yugoslav Neofolk as a Stimulus for Belongings and Identities


13–14.30 Lunch Break


14.30–16 PANEL 5: Subverting and Subversive “Home/s”: Musics and Resistances

Chair: Evrim Hikmet Öğüt


Andrea Dankić and Erica Åberg: ‘Far away from home’ while ‘Live and direct from Nordvästra’– Expressions of (Non)Belonging(s) in Nordic 'Gangsta Rap'


Susan Lindholm and Alexandra D’Urso: Re-imagining “Swedishness”: Intersectional Feminist Resistance and Reflection on the Work of Silvana Imam


16–16.30 Coffee Break


16.30–18 Roundtable: Music and Belonging – Potentials, Challenges, and Preliminary Conclusions


Moderation: Conny Gruber



Britta Sweers: Diaspora and Belonging: Contradictions and Challenges


Ulrike Präger: Belonging and (Non-) Belonging: Rethinking Musical Impact for Migration


18.00 Closing of the Conference