I earned my Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Davis (2014). Before starting my graduate studies in 2008, I researched Slovenian village music practices and traditions, and worked as a music journalist for various Slovenian media (Radio Študent, Ljubljana, Nova Muska, Mladina, Odzven). In 2008, I issued a double CD of my 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). Since 2014, I work as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, where I teach socio-cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology, and popular music courses. I am also an Editor-in-Chief of the English editions of the Czech anthropological journal Lidé města / Urban People (https://urbanpeople.cuni.cz/). Furthermore, I am currently finalizing my book manuscript for the Routledge’s book series SOAS Studies in Music. The work, titled “Living Publicly”: DIY House Shows, Venues, and Music Communities in the US, is an anthropological study of the relationship between place/space (DIY venues, geographies, and social spaces), and the construction of “intimate” communities. In addition, my articles, dedicated to a variety of similar topics, are issued in the following international academic journals: Communication and the Public, Glasnik Slovenskega etnološkega društva, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Urban people.
YBAJ037 Music, Culture, and Technology
YBAJ072 Cultural History of Rock and Popular Music
YBA194 History of Jazz
YBA201 Anthropology of Music: Fieldwork and Ethnography Seminar
YBA242 Introduction to Musics of the World
YBA241 Music and Youth Cultures
YBA334 Anthropological Methods: Fieldwork and Ethnography Seminar
YBAJ001 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
YBSA003 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
[forthcoming]. “Living Publicly”: DIY House Shows, Venues, and Music Communities in the US. New York and London: Routledge (SOAS Studies in Music).
[forthcoming] “‘A Whole Society, with Its Own Economic System’: Co-relation and Co-constitution of Reciprocal and Capitalist Economies within American DIY Scenes.”
[forthcoming]. “Living and Touring with American DIY Youth: Participation and Ethnography in Western Popular Music Research.”
[forthcoming]. “Non-musician DIY Individuals as ‘Pillars’ and ‘Icons’ of American DIY Scenes.”
2018. “Theory and Ethnography of Affective Participation at DIY ('Do-It-Yourself') Shows in the US.” Journal of Popular Music Studies 30/1–2: 79–108.
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. (http://www.kismifconference.com/en/2017/05/11/kismif-conference-2016-book-proceedings-2/).
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/).
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).