Research Areas:

  • Philosophy, anthropology and musicology
  • Ethics of hospitality and intersubjectivity
  • Intercultural philosophy
  • Anthropology of religion, interreligious dialogue
  • Applied ethnomusicology, community music
  • Transdisciplinary methods of cultural phenomena research


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.«
Maja Bjelica has been working as an research assistant since 2019 within the Institute for Philosophical Studies ZRS Koper. 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 at the Department of Musicology at the National Conservatory of Turkish Music at 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, with Dr Catherine Foley and Dr Colin Quigley. In the 2012/2013 school year, she taught music education at Ciril Kosmač Piran Elementary School.
She publishes original and review scientific articles in peer-reviewed international journals and participates at interdisciplinary scientific symposia and conferences. As (co)editor, she participated in three issues of the journal Poligrafi.