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Research Areas:

  • Philosophy, anthropology and musicology
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Ethics of hospitality and intersubjectivity
  • Listening, Ethics of Listening
  • Anthropology of religion
  • Alevi Studies
  • Applied ethnomusicology, community music
  • Transdisciplinarity


Maja Bjelica has been working within the ZRS Koper Institute for Philosophical and Religious Studies since 2019, conducting research in the fields of ethics (ethics of listening, ethics of hospitality), environmental humanities (ecoethnography of salt working, elemental philosophy), anthropology of religion (Alevi studies), and philosophy of music (musicking, community music). Previously, she was employed as a young researcher at the same institute between 2013 and 2017, following the mentorship of Prof Dr Lenart Škof. During this period she trained as an assistant researcher also abroad, namely at the Department of Musicology at the National Conservatory of Turkish Music at the Technical University in Istanbul (Turkey, 2015) with Dr Belma Oğul; at the Department of Thematic Studies, Gender Studies, Linköping University (Sweden, 2016) with Dr Nina Lykke; and the Department of Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick (Ireland, 2017), with Dr Catherine Foley and Dr Colin Quigley. In the school year of 2012/2013, she taught music education at Ciril Kosmač Elementary School in Piran.

Maja Bjelica graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana in the framework of a double major in Philosophy and Musicology in 2011. She obtained a PhD in Anthropology in 2018 at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Primorska with a doctoral dissertation “A Philosophical-anthropological Study of the Possibilities of the Ethics of Hospitality: Breath, Silence and Listening in Spaces of Intersubjectivity.”

She presents her research with scientific publications in peer-reviewed international journals and by participation at interdisciplinary scientific symposia and conferences. As (co)editor she collaborates in designing scientific collected volumes and journals (Poligrafi, Polish Journal of Aesthetics, Musicological Annual).

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