MUSICOLOGY AGAINST SILENCE Memories, Meaning, Value: Three Branches of Musicology amid Two Types of One Silence

  • Mirjana Veselinović-Hofman University of Arts in Belgrade, Faculty of Music, Department of Musicology
Keywords: musicology (historical/historiography, modernist/analysis, postmodernist/ interpretation), new musicology, social silence


The text is a reflection on the status of musicology under the conditions of isolation imposed by the ongoing pandemic, from the perspective of my personal memories concerning the impact that the historical, analytical, and interpretative branches of musicology had on the formation of my musicological poetics as a student of musicology. Understood as a kind of social silence informing one’s internal domain as an author, and in terms of the imposition of physical distancing, which is severely jeopardizing not only individual scholarly production, but entire professions as well, this isolation is forcing the study of music (as well as many other professions) to make significant changes to some of its key activities. This concerns the necessity of making a transition to distance working.

Author Biography

Mirjana Veselinović-Hofman, University of Arts in Belgrade, Faculty of Music, Department of Musicology

Mirjana Veselinović-Hofman, Ph.D., worked as a full-time professor in the Department of Musicology at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. Until retirement, was a longtime Head of Department and the chair holder of its scientific projects. Between 2003 and 2005, was affiliated to the Music Department at the University of Pretoria. Editor-in-Chief of the bilingual New Sound Journal of Music. Secretary General of the Board of the Matica srpska Department of Stage Art and Music, and one of the two chairpersons of the Regional Association for the Study of Music of the Balkans, within International Musicological Society.

Her scientific activity has focused on the areas of contemporary music, with special emphasis on the fields of Serbian and European avant-garde and postmodernism, as well as on the issues of contemporary musicology. She has published numerous scientific studies, along with five books and two mini-monographs, some of which have been published abroad.