Back to All Events

REEM, Annual Conference 2014, MUSIC AND EMPIRE IN EAST-CENTRAL EUROPE, Durham University, Saturday 4 October 2014

  • University of Durham United kingdom (map)

British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)

Study Group for Russian and Eastern European Music (REEM)


Annual Conference 2014

Durham University, Music Department, Concert Room, Saturday 4 October 2014
Marking 2014 as the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, which catalysed the disintegration of European empires and the subsequent establishment of national states, BASEES/REEM would like to announce the programme for its forthcoming annual conference


930-1000 – Registration and Welcome
1000-1130 – Panel 1:
-          Anna Giust (Venice), ‘Catherine II’s The Early Reign of Oleg: Sarti, Canobbio and Pashkevich Serving an Idea’

-          Rebekah Mitchell (Oberlin), ‘Russkii or rossiiskii? Defining Russian Music in the Age of Empire’

-          Joseph Schultz (Durham), ‘Aram Khachaturian and the Stalinist Project of Musical “Nation Building”’

1130-1200 – Coffee Break
1200-1300 – Panel 2:
-          Jeanna Kniazeva (St Petersburg), ‘Three Empires and Two World Wars in the Dialogues of Musicologists (1914-1946)

-          Tatjana Marković (Belgrade), ‘The Ottoman Impact on Southeast European Music: Imperial Legacy and Opera’

1300-1400 – Lunch Break
1400-1530 – Panel 3:
-          Srđan Atanasovski (Belgrade), ‘The Empire Which Did Not Come to Existence: Politics of South Slav’s Early Music Folklore Explorations’

-          Ana Olic (Vienna), ‘The Construction of a Cultural Identity of Dalmatia – About Josip Hatze's Adel and Mara’

-          Verica Grmusa (London), ‘Star Persona and National Identity: The Role of Maja Strozzi-Pecic in Petar Konjovic’s Opus’

1530-1600 – Coffee Break
1600-1700 – Panel 4:
-          Christopher Bowen (North Carolina at Chapel Hill), ‘Bohemian Rhapsodist:  Antonín Dvořák’s Píseň bohatýrská and the Politics of Biography’

-          Ákos Windhager (Budapest), ‘The “Sissi Symphonies” – Pieces Inspired by and Dedicated to the Empress and Queen Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary’

1700-1730 – Closing Remarks


Travelling to Durham

Durham is situated in the North-East of England. Maps of the locality and information about the university campus can be found here: 

For the information of delegates travelling from abroad: 

Durham is situated near two regional airports —Newcastle Airport (NCL) and Durham Tees Valley Airport (MME), which are both about 25 miles/43 km distant. It is easy to get to Durham from Newcastle Airport, which has excellent public transport links: you take the metro to Newcastle Central Station and a train from there to Durham. The usual journey time is about 1 hour. However, please be advised that the service is rather restricted at night times. If you intend to arrive at Newcastle airport on the night of Friday 3 October, you should make sure to arrive in time to catch the metro before 22.12 if you wish to connect to the last train from Newcastle Station to Durham. Otherwise you will have either to hire a taxi (which will cost about £60) or else get the metro to Gateshead Interchange and take a bus to Durham from there (the last bus currently leaves at 23.15). 

Getting to Durham from Durham Tees Valley Airport is slightly more awkward: you will have to travel by bus to Darlington train station and catch a train from there to Durham – which will take about an hour, all told. This airport also operates a very restricted roster of flights, though there are good connections to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (four flights a day). Alternatively, delegates travelling from abroad may find it cheaper to fly into one of the London airports or to Manchester Airport (MAN), and take the train from there to Durham — the journey is about 2 hours 45 minutes in both cases. Information about trains can be found here: 

For the information of delegates travelling by train: 

Buses run from Durham train station to Palace Green, in the heart of the old part of the city, where the Music Department premises are located (adjacent to Durham Cathedral). The service operates between 8.30-17.30. Alternatively, you could take a taxi from the station taxi rank, or even consider walking, if you are not carrying heavy luggage—you will reach the city centre within 10-15 minutes. 

Conference venue

The Music Department is situated in the historic centre of the city, right by the magnificent medieval cathedral which forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Concert Room, in which the study day will be held, is immediately on your right when you enter the building. 


Should you require accommodation in Durham, you have a wide range of accommodation options to choose from, depending on your preferences. A comprehensive list of hotels and B&Bs in the locality can be found here:

For participants who are travelling on a limited budget, the cheapest option would probably be to book a room in one of Durham’s colleges. Several of these (such as St Chad’s and St John’s Colleges, are located with a few hundred metres of the Music Department, and offer individual rooms (with breakfast) at very reasonable rates — roughly half the price of what one would normally expect to pay for a B & B. 

Food, eating out, and shopping

Durham is a small city and everything is within easy walking distance. The city centre has a wide range of shops, cafés, and restaurants to choose from—ranging all the way from inexpensive eateries to establishments offering more formal dining. 

If you have any questions concerning the practicalities of arranging your travel or accommodation, please contact Patrick Zuk (, who will be happy to assist.