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 Dr Danijela Š. Beard

Dr Danijela Š. Beard

Music Tutor


I read Music and Russian at Durham University (BA and MPhil), and obtained a PhD from Cardiff University with a thesis titled Border – Bridge – Crossroads: the Construction of Yugoslav Identity in Music (1835–1938) and the Case of Josip Štolcer Slavenski.

My specialisms include music and politics in the Western Balkans, opera, and popular and film music.

I am the international reviews editor for the journal Muzikološki Zbornik/Musicological Annual, and co-convenor of BASEES-REEMS (the Study Group for Russian and East European Music within the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies).

I was a Lecturer in Music at Nottingham University (2013−15), and an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Musical Research (Royal Holloway, University of London (2016−17)).



I have over ten years experience of teaching UG, PG and CPE courses on music and languages. My recent courses at Cardiff have included:

The Golden Age of the Ballets Russes

The Story of Opera

Romeo and Juliet: the Opera, the Musical and the Ballet

From Revolutions to the Avant-Garde: Opera in Russia and Eastern Europe

Music and Art in fin-de-siècle Europe

I am currently co-editing a volume on Yugoslav popular music entitled Made in Yugoslavia: Studies in Popular Music (Routledge), and a special issue on music and socialism for the journal twentieth-century music (Cambridge University Press). I am also preparing two book chapters, one on Yugoslav film music and the other on Carmen in the Balkans.