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Monika Żyła, PhD candidate Researcher on Festival "Warszawska Jesień"
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Main focus of research:

My research considers how the medium of festival as a particular event genre influences the wide variety of performance practices and the aesthetic dimension of contemporary art music. It sees contemporary music festivals as arenas where new forms of sociality, mobility and public interactions are constantly produced and contested. In my research I seek to unravel how the current process of proliferation of new music festivals informs and facilitates the development of new music and how it provides new modes of legitimization for new music.

Curriculum Vitae:


2011–2013 Research Master Literary and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen (NL)  

2007–2010 Bachelor of Arts (Musicology), Faculty of History and Pedagogics, University of Wrocław (PL)


2012 Academy Assistant Programme 2012: Cultural Transmission and Participation. Programme established by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and  Sciences, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Education. University of Groningen, The Netherlands


2012 Do-It-Yourself : The Role and Perspectives of Popular Music Within Experimental Music Practices. Proceedings of the IASPM Benelux conference Popular Music: Theory and Practice in the Lowlands, April 14th & 15th, 2011, Haarlem, The Netherlands.  

2009 Louis Andriessen:  pragmatic composer or composer-prophet? Jagiellonian University Musicology Student’s Quarterly, Poland.


November 2015
European New Music Festivals as Democratic Institutions? A comparative perspective on France, Poland and Austria from 1980 until today. Paper presented at the international conference “What does democracy sound like? Actors, Institutions – Practices, Discourses.” Co-organized with L' École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Paris (Centre de Recherches sur les Artset le Langage & Centre Georg Simmel); Centre Marc Bloch Berlin; Palazzetto BruZane Venice; Center for Worldmusic Hildesheim. Philharmonie de Paris, FRANCE, November 5th-7th

October 2015
The audience of European festivals of contemporary music. Panel discussion and presentation of the 2014 survey on the public of the Festival d’Automne in Paris [Présentation et table ronde: Le public des festivals européens de musique contemporaine. Présentation de l’enquête 2014 sur le public du Festival d’Automne à Paris]. Forum Culturel Autrichien, Paris, FRANCE, October 20th

October 2015
Agata Zubel’s “Not I” at the festival Warsaw Autumn in Poland (2014) – tracing collaborative dimensions of the creative process within the festival contextPaper presented at the conference “Tracking the creative process in music”, organized jointly by IRCAM, IReMUS (Paris-Sorbonne University and CNRS), and CTEL (Nice-Sophia Antipolis University). Paris, FRANCE, October 8th-10th

September 2015
“Let it be an East-West Confrontation” Music and Politics at the Warsaw Autumn Festival. Paper presented at the conference “Musical Legacies of State Socialism: Revisiting Narratives about Post-World War II Europe” co-organized by the Institute of Musicology SASA and BASEES Study Group for Russian and East-European Music, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, SERBIA, September 24th-26th

September 2015
New Music Festivals Audiences – Presentation and Public DebatePresentation of the results of audience surveys conducted in the fall of 2014 at European festivals: Warsaw Autumn, Festival d’Automne a Paris and Wien. Event co-organized with Austrian Cultural Forum and Warsaw Autumn. Warsaw (PL), September 21st

March 2015
The impact of the socialist party on the Warsaw Autumn festival. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the British Association for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (BASEES). Fitzwilliam College. Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM, March 28th-30th

September 2014
New Music Festivals as Objects of Musical Historiography. Paper presented at the International Musicological Conference Nationality / Universality ‘Musical historiography in Central and Eastern Europe’ organized by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Radziejowice near Warsaw, POLAND, September 15th-17th

February 2014
Polish Symphonic Music in the Context of the Warsaw Autumn festivalPaper presented at the conference “Muzyka symfoniczna i koncertowa XXI wieku kompozytorów polskich” at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw, POLAND, February 14th-15th

September 2013
Polska Music Now Debate: “Who forms the present-day musical aesthetics in Poland?”Organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews within the framework of the 100th Anniversary of Witold Lutosławski’s Birth. Warsaw, POLAND, September 21st

2013 Dutch Mixed-Arts City Festivals: Performing Alternative Genres in the Urban Landscape. 17th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). University of Oviedo, Gijón, Spain.  

2012 Researching Dutch Music Festivals. Academy Assistants Seminar.

2012 “So You Think You Can... Do Research?” University of Gronignen, The Netherlands  

2012 Animating American Popular Music: Representation of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Ralph Bakshi’s American Pop (1981). Conference “Song, Stage, Screen VII: The Musical Global Conquest”. University of Groningen, The Netherlands.  

2011 Dance Music Changing Dispositions in Experimental Music Practice. The IASPM workshops ‘’Dance Music and the Creative City’’. University of Gronignen, The Netherlands.



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