David Verbuč, M.A., Ph.D.

David Verbuč, M.A., Ph.D.

David Verbuč earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at UC Davis, USA (2014). His dissertation, ‘Living Publicly’: House Shows, Alternative Venues, and the Value of Place and Space for American DIY Communities, is an anthropological study of DIY music venues, scenes, and communities in the US. Before starting his graduate studies in 2008, he worked as a music journalist for various Slovenian media (Radio Študent, Ljubljana, Nova Muska, Mladina, Odzven). In 2008, he issued a double CD of his own field recordings of songs from the villages of Upper Savinja Valley in North Slovenia (Gorših ljudi na svetu ni: terenski posnetki ljudskih pesmi iz Zgornje Savinjske doline / There are No Finer People in the World: Field Recordings of Folk Songs from the Upper Savinja Valley). David is currently employed as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague, in the Czech Republic.



YBA165  Music and youth cultures

YBA166  History of rock music

YBA167  Introduction to musics of the world

YBA175  Music, culture, and technology

YBA194 History of Jazz

YBA201 Anthropology of music: fieldwork and ethnography seminar

YBE009 Introduction to cultural anthropology

YBZA71100 Seminar in academic skills

YMA337 Music and place/space: music venues, geographies, and social spaces

YMA356 Ethnomusicology of Western Art Music

YMA375 The power of cultural representation: from film, media, and MTV, to art, museums, and ethnography

Summer schools

Music and Youth Cultures: Between Global and Local/Czech (2016, see here)

Music in socialism and postsocialism (2017, see here)

Music and youth cultures: theory and ethnography of music „community“ (2018, see here)


In press (June 2018). “Theory and Ethnography of Affective Participation at DIY ('Do-It-Yourself') Shows in the US.” Journal of Popular Music Studies 30/1.

2017. “Notions of Intimate Publicness, and the American DIY Music Spaces.” Wang, Jing, and Peterson, Marina, eds. Sound and the Public: A Special Issue of Communication and the Public 2/4, 284–304.

2017. “’Houses Provide a Spatial Backbone for Virtually Everything We Do’: An Anthropological Study of DIY (“do-it-yourself”) House Shows in the US.” In Keep it Simple, Make it Fast! An Approach to Underground Scenes. Volume 3. Guerra, Paula, and Tânia Moreira, eds. Porto, Portugal: University of Porto, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, 13–24.


2016. "Prostor, družbena bližina in intimna skupnost v ameriških neodvisnih glasbenih kulturah." Glasnik Slovenskega etnološkega društva 56/1-2: 37-52.

2015. “Fans or Friends?: Local/Translocal Dialectics of DIY (‘do-it-yourself’) Touring and DIY Community in the US.” Lidé města / Urban People, 17/2: 221-246 (http://www.urbanpeople.cz/archiv/cisla/17,-2015,-2/).

2014. 'Living publicly': House Shows, Alternative Venues, and the Value of Place and Space within American DIY Communities. Unpublished PhD dissertation. University of California, Davis.

2013. “From Text to Context: Performance Events in Primož.” In Trapped in Folklore: Studies in Music and Dance Tradition and Their Contemporary Transformations. Kunej, Drago and Sivic, Ursa (eds). Berlin: LIT Verlag, 41–62.

2009. “Contemporary Musical Peasant Traditions in Primož, Slovenia, and the Notion of 'National Heritage'.” In Voices of the Weak: Music and Minorities. Prague: Slovo21 + Faculty of Humanities of Charles University Prague.

2008. Gorših ljudi na svetu ni: terenski posnetki ljudskih pesmi iz Zgornje Savinjske doline / There are No Finer People in the World: Field recordings of folk songs from the Upper Savinja Valley (Knjižnica/Library of Mozirje). Audio CD. Author of field recordings, producer, and author of liner notes (see http://gorsihljudi.blogspot.com).

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