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Dr Danijela Špirić-Beard


Dr Danijela Špiric-Beard studied Music and Russian at Durham University (BA and MA), completing her PhD at Cardiff University, under the title Border – Bridge – Crossroads: the Construction of Yugoslav Identity in Music (1835–1938) and the Case of Josip Štolcer Slavenski. She specialises in the music and politics of the Western Balkans, and her work on Josip Slavenski and Yugoslav popular music has been published in various proceedings and multi-authored volumes. She is currently co-editing a book on Yugoslav popular music for Routledge entitled Made in Yugoslavia (forthcoming 2018).

She is an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Musical Research (Royal Holloway, University of London), a co-convenor of the BASEES-REEMS Study Group for Russian and East European Music, with whom she co-organises annual conferences on Slavonic music, and a reviews editor for the Slovenian journal Muzikološki Zbornik/Musicological Annual.

She was a Teaching Associate in Music at Cardiff University (2009−13), and a Lecturer in Music at Nottingham University (2013−15), where she taught a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in musicology, including modules on opera, Russian music, music careers, popular music and dissertations.

She joined LEARN in 2009, where she has taught courses on languages, music and art. These include:

• Croatian (Serbian, Bosnian), beginners and improvers
• Music and Art in fin-de-siècle Europe
• From Revolutions to the Avant-Garde: The Story of Opera in Russia and Eastern Europe
• The Art and Culture of Dubrovnik and the Venetian Cities of Dalmatia
• Romeo and Juliet: The Play, the Opera, the Musical and the Ballet
• The Story of Opera