Dr. Marija Dumnić Vilotijević (Belgrade, 1985) graduated (Applied Ethnomusicology: History, Concepts, Perspectives in Serbia, 2010) and received her PhD (Historical Aspects and Contemporary Performance Practices of Old Urban Music in Belgrade, 2016) with supervision of Dr. Mirjana Zakić at the Department of Ethnomusicology of the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade. During the third year of doctoral studies, she specialized at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore with the Ethnographic Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and at the Phonoarchive of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
She is employed at the Institute of Musicology SASA (since 2011), and is a member of the Scientific Council (since 2017) and the Board of Directors (since 2022). During 2014/2015, she was a Teaching Associate of ethnomusicology at the Faculty of Music.
She receiver the “Aleksandar Đorđević” award for the best student of ethnomusicology in the academic year 2009/2010. Her first book won the award of the Institute of Ethnography SASA for the results of ethnological and anthropological research published in 2018 and 2019.
She publishes works and writes reviews for international and national scientific journals and edited book, she has participated in numerous conferences and held several public invited lectures in Serbia and European countries. She worked on the creation of databases that facilitate the use of archival ethnomusicological and ethnochoreological materials at the Institute of Musicology SASA, as well as on organization and programming of several scientific meetings. She organized concerts of asylum seekers in Belgrade.
She has collaborated on digitization projects since 2009 at the Institute (funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia and the Secretariat for Culture of the City of Belgrade). She participated in the research projects of the Department of Performing Arts and Music of Matica Srpska “Music and Theater: Modalities of Coexistence in the National Practice of the Modern Era”, the Association of Serbs in Romania “History and Culture of the Serbs in Romania”, “Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Carpathian Area and Banat: Romania and Serbia” (Institute of Musicology SASA and Institute of Ethnography and Folklore “Konstantin Brailoju” of the Romanian Academy of Sciences), “City Sonic Ecology: Urban Soundscapes of Bern, Ljubljana, and Belgrade” (Institute of Musicology of the University of Bern, Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Musicology SASA: SCOPES), Institute of Balkanology and Center for Trachology BAS “European Influence on Modern Urban Musical Culture in the Balkans. Bibliography Researched”. She was PR manager at “Quantum Music” and the assistant coordinator at “Beyond Quantum Music” projects. On the Serbian side, she is the Principal Investigator of the bilateral project between the Institute of Musicology SASA and the Istanbul University “Exploring the Tracks of Balkan Culture: Serbian–Turkish Connections in Music and Dance from Ottoman Period until Today (TRackeRS)”, which is co-funded by the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of Serbia and the Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) (2022—2024). In the project “Applied Musicology and Ethnomusicology in Serbia: Making a Difference in Contemporary Society” financed by the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, she is a participant and the Principal Investigator of the work package “Should I Write or Should I Act: Applied Musicology and Ethnomusicology in Serbia Today” (2022— 2024).
She is currently a member of the International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance (ICTMD) — she is the Vice-Chair of the Study Group for Audiovisual Ethnomusicology, then of the International Association for Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) — within which she is the Chair of the Research Archives Section, the organization’s Ambassador in Serbia and co-editor of IASA Journal, also a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), the Serbian Ethnomusicological Society (SED), the Association of Folklorists of Serbia (UFS).
Marija conducts archival and field research of primary sources, maintains the Institute’s phonoarchive. Her areas of interest are: methodologies of ethnomusicology and study of popular music, applied ethnomusicology, historical sources in ethnomusicology, urban musical folklore, music of the Balkans, musical practices in Belgrade, music and migration, music and diaspora, old urban music, newly composed folk music, trepfolk, sound digitization, cultural policy.