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’. Her research and teaching interests focus on the interdisciplinary study of music, culture and history, with a focus on questions of identity, nationalism, race and ethnicity in music.
She has given various conference papers and published articles on music in former Yugoslavia, especially that of Josip Štolcer Slavenski. She has also served on the editorial board of the journal British Postgraduate Musicology, and her ongoing project on Muslim music and the Ottoman legacy in the former Yugoslavia has been supported by a grant from the journal Music & Letters. Since 2006 she has been an Associate Lecturer at the School of Music (Cardiff University), where she has taught a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on modernism, nationalism, identity, and opera and music theatre.
She joined LEARN in 2009 where she has been teaching a range of 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