- Danka Lajić-Mihajlović
(b Belgrade, Nov 16, 1960). Serbian ethnomusicologist. She was educated at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, department of ethnomusicology, and has been employed there since 1990. Her graduate study, Diple Stare Crne Gore (Diple of Old Montenegro, [Belgrade, 1990]) was supported by the ‘Aleksandar Djordjević’ endowment. She received the MPhil degree with the thesis Instrumentalno i vokalno-instrumentalno nasleđe Zaplanja u svetlu tradicionalnog muzičkog mišljenja (Instrumental and vocal-instrumental heritage of the Zaplanje region in the light of traditional musical thinking, 1993), and the doctoral degree with the dissertation Obredne pesme zimskog polugođa: sistemi zvučnih znakova u tradiciji jugoistočne Srbije (Ceremonial songs of the winter season: systems of musical signs in the tradition of the southeastern Serbia, 2007, [Belgrade, 2009]). During her studies, she was awarded a one-year scholarship by the Republic of Serbia Commission for International Cooperation and specialized in the field of ethnoorganology at the Moscow State Conservatory ‘P.I. Tchaikovsky’. She revisited the region of southeastern Serbia multiple times during her long-term fieldwork research. Her interest in instrumental music, ritual music, and musical semiotics resulted in numerous articles. She has researched musical instruments in the Balkans from different perspectives, especially by providing complex analyses of text-context relations. Within ritual music, she is particularly interested in its communicational potential and diachronic changes. Her experience as a jury member became the basis for several studies on cultural policy regarding folk music competitions. As one of the founders and as chairman of the Serbian Ethnomusicological Society, she has been engaged in various cultural projects dedicated to the promotion and revitalization of traditional music....