Publications and presentations at conferences

Aside from the database, the project will result with a book, individual scholarly articles and presentations at conferences. The joint book about poetics, politics and economics of the record industry in Croatia from 1927 to the end of the 1950s in the context of socio-political changes in Croatia and the former Yugoslavia, will be published in the last year of the project. A special attention will be given to five identified backbones: fields and genres of traditional, popular and art music; technological, poetical, political and economic dimensions of record filters; the links between record industry and radio, concert and festival programmes, sheet music publishing and copyright protection; the relationship between record production, reception and social identities; and the place of the discography of that time in today’s cultural and musical practice.

Individual articles published in scientific and professional journals will give insight into specific research tasks of the project collaborators. In that, one group will be comprised of research on music in/as performance, another will focus on record filters and the links between record industry and other driving forces of musical life, and the third group will more explicitly focus on the issues of the music industry being anchored in the social environment, the local and global dynamics, and the recipients of record releases. Besides, individual collaborators will prepare articles on theoretical and methodological starting points and implications of this research project, and the PhD candidate will carry out research into the production and dissemination of the three local record companies in relation to the foreign companies present on the Croatian market, the presence of Zagreb-based companies on the European market, and the market niche of Croatian and other South Slav communities in the US.

Our conference plan is comprised of leading local and international musicological and ethnomusicological organizations as well as organizations for the study of popular music and sound archiving.


Presentations at the Music in Society symposium (Sarajevo, 2022/12/6-10) organized by the Musicological Society of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Music Academy of the University of Sarajevo (conference program)

Nada Bezić: presentation “Od Penkale do Jugotona. Topografija diskografske industrije u Zagrebu”.

Jelka Vukobratović & Mojca Piškor: presentation “U potrazi za nevidiljim. Romski muzičari u muzičkom pejzažu Zagreba između dva rata”. See: PPT

Jelka Vukobratović: an insight into the production of popular music in Jugoton in the 1950s at the international online workshop A Music So Popular That No Curtain Could Contain: Popular Music and Cultural Transfers during the Cold War organized by New Europe College (Bucharest, 2022/12/5). See: PPT / Workshop programme
Dora Dunatov: presentation “Zagreb case: Changing the face of folk music following a close encounter with 78 rpm gramophone records” at the Austrian conference Sound in the City held in Graz (2022/11/17-18). See: Abstract / PPT / Conference program
Željka Radovinović: presentation “Odsviraj mi to doma: note kao izvor informacija o diskografskoj produkciji u Hrvatskoj” at 47th Croatian Library Association General Conference and Assembly within the first thematic block Digital transformation and green transition. See: Abstract (Cro) / PPT (Cro) / Conference program
Naila Ceribašić: presentation “In partnership with do-it-yourself curators and researchers of early commercial recordings in Croatia” within the panel “Collaborative knowledge production about early commercial recordings: Examples from Brazil, Croatia and Portugal” (panel organizer Naila Ceribašić), at 37th European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (Graz, University of Music and Performing Arts, 2022/9/12-16). See: Abstract / Panel abstract / PPT / Conference program
Nada Bezić: presentation “‘New kid in town’ – beginnings and topography of the record industry in Zagreb (Croatia)” at the 21st Quinquennial IMS Congress (Athens, 2022/8/22-26). See: Abstract / Conference program
Naila Ceribašić: presentation “Recordings, ethnomusicologists, collaborative archiving and cosmopolitanism: One historical example and its digital resumption” at the 46th ICTM World Conference (Lisbon, 2022/7/21-27). See: Abstract / PPT / Conference program / Conference abstracts
Željka Radovinović: presentation “Czech and Croatia – cooperation on early production on recorded sound” at the IAML Congress (Prague, 2022/7/24-29). See: Abstract / PPT / Congress program
Joško Ćaleta: presentation “The influence of the early record industry on the beginnings and development of organized (movement) klapa singing” at the conference Music as part of life: culture, tradition, identity dedicated to Nikola Buble, organized by the Art Academy of the University of Split and the Festival of Dalmatian Songs in Omiš (Split,2022/5/20). See: Abstract (Cro)/ PPT
Dora Dunatov: presentation  “Music-Making Overseas: Yugoslav 78rpm Record Production in North American Diaspora” at 56th Annual ARSC Conference [Association for Recorded Sound Collections] (2022/5/19-21). See: Presentation / PPT
23rd Annual Conference of the Croatian Musicological Society (2022/5/19-20), Programme (Cro)

Željka Radovinović: presentation “Politika i glazba s gramofonskih ploča od šelaka domaće proizvodnje u programu Radijske postaje Osijek: studija slučaja na temelju arhivskog istraživanja”. See: PPT (Cro)

Nada Bezić: presentation “Topografski aspekt početaka diskografske industrije u Zagrebu”. See: PPT (Cro)

Joško Ćaleta: presentation “Klapa singing concept of a ‘new normal’ and technological strategies during pandemic times” at the 8th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe (Istanbul, 2022/5/9-15). See: Abstract / PPT
Jelka Vukobratović: presentation “The record industry in Croatia from 1927 until the end of the 1950s-project progress report” at the 2nd symposium Interpreting early recordings: critical and contextual perspectives (Glasgow, 2022/1/6). See: PPT.
Jelka Vukobratović: presentation “‘Only for intimate circles’ – a reflection of the social position of women and cabaret sexuality in early discography” at the A-fest festival of the Music Department of the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (Novi Sad, 2021/12/11). See: PPT
Dora Dunatov: presentation “Sounding moments in history: Croatian record production before 1945” at the JuMuWi symposium organized by the Austrian Musicological Society (ÖGMW) (2021/11/25-27). See: Poster / Abstract / Symposium programme
Željka Radovinović: presentation “Diskografija na mreži kao virtualni državni fonografski arhiv – suradnja zajednica kolekcionara i znanstvenika” on the 6th Congress of Croatian archivists (2021/10/26-29) organized by the Croatian Archival Society and the State Archive in Split. See: PPT (Cro) / Abstract (Cro)
Jelka Vukobratović: presentation “The Challenges of Heritage and Copyright of Commercial Sound Recordings in former Yugoslavia(s)” on the conference titled “Sound Heritage in Ethnomusicology: Approaches and Perspectives” organized by the Serbian Institute of Musicology SASA (2021/10/27). See: PPT / Abstract
Irena Miholić: presentation “Researching the sound, (re)writing the music history: Ethnomusicological research of shellac recordings in Croatia” at the IASA 2021 conference (2021/9/27-30). See: PPT
 11th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music, Gender, and Sexuality (2021/9/24-28). See conference programme

Naila Ceribašić: “Women and Gender Relations in the Record Industry in Croatia from 1927 to the End of the 1950s”. See: PPT / Abstract

Jelka Vukobratović: “Women and Sexuality in the Interwar Croatian Popular Music through the Lens of Early Record Industry”. See: PPT / Abstract

Jelka Vukobratović: presentation “The Role of Early Domestic Record Industry in Creating the Croatian Popular Music Canons” at the isaScience 2021 Conference (2021/8/11-15). See: PPT / Conference programme.
Željka Radovinović: poster presentation “The record industry in Croatia from 1927 to the end of the 1950s” on the 70th anniversary congress of the International Association of Music Libraries (2021/7/26-30). See: Poster
22nd Annual Conference of the Croatian Musicological Society (2021/6/10-11), Programme (Cro)

Naila Ceribašić: presentation “Report on the first year of work on the project “The record industry in Croatia from 1927 to the end of the 1950s”. See: PPT (Cro)

Dora Dunatov: presentation “The position of folk music in Jugoton’s 78 rpm production”. See: PPT (Cro)

Naila Ceribašić: presentation ““Miruj, miruj, srce moje”: A contribution to the research of music in (mediated) performance” at the International Artistic and Scientific Conference „Pajo Kolarić and his time“ (2021/5/26), co-organized by J. J. Strossmayer University and the Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek. See: PPT / Summary
55th Annual ARSC [Association for Recorded Sound Collections] Conference (2021/5/13-15)

Naila Ceribašić: online presentation”Political and Economic Record Filters: The Example of the Three Zagreb-Based Record Companies from the 1920s to the 1950s”. See: PPT (Eng) / Programme 

Dora Dunatov: online presentation “Ethnicity and the Shellac Market After WWII: Ethnicities of Former Socialist Yugoslavia and Their Position in Record Industry on the Example of Jugoton Rec. Co.”. See: Presentation (Eng) / PPT (Eng)Programme

Panel at the 12th International Symposium Music in Society (Sarajevo, 2020/12/10-12): Contributions to the History of the Record Industry

Naila Ceribašić: online presentation “Localization of record industry in the interwar period: Examples from Croatia” at the 12th International Symposium Music in Society. See: PPT (Eng)

Tanja Halužan: online presentation “Vu Plavem Trnaci: About the Local Character of Early Croatian Record Industry on the Example of Kajkavian popevka”. See: PPT (Cro)

Jelka Vukobratović: online presentation “Early Croatian Record Industry and the Breach of Western Popular Musics”. See: PPT (Eng)

Jelka Vukobratović: presentation “Ethnomusicological Nationalism and its Innocence in Times of Crisis” partially relating to the materials from the project, at the Symposium “Musicology and Its Future in Times of Crises” (Online Symposium, Zagreb 26-28/11/2020). See: Presentation/ PPT

Tanja Halužan: presentation “Local, National and/or Cosmopolitan Character of the Record Industry: The Example of a Zagreb-based Record Company and the Kajkavian Region of Croatia” at the SEM 2020 conference (Virtual Annual Meeting, 2020/10/22-31). See: Presentation / Summary

Naila Ceribašić: presentation “Glazba kao snimka: staro i novo normalno u doba pandemije” at the conference Covid-19 u humanističkoj perspektivi: mutacije straha i kulturne promjene (IEF, Zagreb, 2020/9/28-30). See: PPT/ Summary / Presentation

Naila Ceribašić: presentation “A Snapshot of the Project ‘The Record Industry in Croatia from 1927 to the End of the 1950s” at the conference Early Recordings: Methodologies in Research and Practice (IMR, London, 2020/7/10-11). See: PresentationSummary 

Nada BezićŽeljka RadovinovićJelka Vukobratović: “Predstavljanje početka projekta Diskografska industrija u Hrvatskoj od 1927. do kraja 1950-ih” at the 21st annual meeting of the Croatian Musicological Society (Zagreb, May 2020). See: Presentation

Published scientific papers
Vukobratović, Jelka. 2022. “The Introduction of Copyright in the Early Record Industry and Implications of Authorship for Popular Music in Croatia from 1929–1960s”. Muzikologija 32: 109–123. See: Article
Ceribašić, Naila. 2022. “‘Miruj, miruj, srce moje’: Prilog istraživanju glazbe u (diskografski posredovanoj) izvedbi”. In Pajo Kolarić i njegovo doba: Zbornik radova s Međunarodnog interdisciplinarnog umjetničko-znanstvenog skupa, ed. Jasna Šulentić Begić, Blanka Gigić Karl i Damir Šebo. Osijek: Academy of Arts and Culture of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, 138–149. See: Article
Radovinović, Željka. 2021. “Diskografija na mreži kao virtualni državni fonografski arhiv – suradnja zajednica kolekcionara i znanstvenika”. In Radovi 6. kongresa hrvatskih arhivista: Na pragu 3. desetljeća 21. stoljeća – inkluzivnost kao uvjet, ed. Radoslav Zaradić. Zagreb: Hrvatsko arhivističko društvo, 175–190.
Ceribašić, Naila. 2021. “Music as recording, music in culture, and the study of early recording industry in ethnomusicology: A take on Edison Bell Penkala”. International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 52/2: 323–354. See: Article
Other publications
Vukobratović, Jelka. 2022. “Tragom povijesnih zagrebačko-londonskih diskografskih veza”. Portal, 2022/6/1. See: Article
Jagatić, Dubravko, conversation with N. Ceribašić. “Kako su znanstvenici preuzeli prikupljanje gramofonskih ploča”. Nacional, 2021/11/16, no. 1230, p. 72–75. See: Article (Cro)
Halužan, Tanja. 2020. “Poetics, Politics, and Economics of Discography in the First Half of the 20th Century: The Beginning of the Research Project ‘Record Industry in Croatia From 1927 to the End of the 1950s’”. Cantus 223 (October 2020): 50. See: Article (Cro)