Academic Publications

Ongoing projects

Festivals and contemporary festivities in Banat
Romanian dancers and dance ensembles – lives and histories
The history and connections of Balkan dancing in the UK

Author: Liz Mellish

2018-Forthcoming. “ ‘Va dorim success, felicitare’: Competition and Community Participation in Romanian Dance Festivals.” Sherril Dodds (editor), The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition:TBA. Oxford: Oxford Univeristy Press.

2018. “What is an (ideal) international folk dance festival? Voices of participants and organisers in international folk dance festivals in Romania and beyond.” Liz Mellish; Mehmet Öcal Özbilgin (editors), The Cultural Development of Folk Dance Festivals and the Sustainability of Tradition:111-126. İzmir, Turkey: Ege University Press. ISBN: 978-605-338-238-6

2017. “Dancing the Balkans in the UK or a being a little Balkan in London, Manchester, Edinburgh.” Kendra Stepputat (editor), Dance, Senses, Urban Contexts : 29th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology July 9-16, 2016 Retzhof Castle, Styria, Austria:260–270. Graz, Austria: ICTM, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. ISBN 978-3-8440-5337-7

2016. “The south east Europeans are (still) dancing: recent dance trends in Romania and among south east Europeans in London.” Liz Mellish, Ivanka Vlaeva, Lozanka Peycheva, Nick Green, Ventsislav Dimov (editors), Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe : Myth, Ritual, Post-1989, Audiovisual Ethnographies, Fifth Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe 2016 South-West University “Neofit Rilski”:189–195. Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria: University Publishing House “Neofit Rilski”. ISBN 978-954-00-0123-4

2016. “Joc de pomană dance for commemorating the dead in Svinița and beyond.” Dance, field research and intercultural perspectives: The Easter customs in the village of Svinița:61–90. Pančevo: Selena Rakočević, Kulturi centar Pančevo. ISBN 978–86–918261–1–6

2016. “Professionalism of Romanian ensemble dancers: performances and presentation.” Liz Mellish; Nick Green; Mirjana Zakic (editors), Music and dance in Southeastern Europe : new scopes of research and action, Fourth symposium of the ICTM Study group on music and dance in Southeastern Europe:158–164. Belgrade: Faculty of music. ISBN 978–86–88619–71–4
2016. “Bulgarian tracks: the road to the Koprivshtitsa Festival (and back again, and again).” Ethnomusicology Ireland, 4, 1–10, The Irish National Committee of the ICTM.

2015. “Performing local identity: Place, community and dance in Timișoara, Romania.” Ethnomusicology Ireland, Issue 3, February 2015, 1–15, The Irish National Committee of the ICTM.

2014. “Dancing ethnicity: a case study of Festivalul Etnilor, Timișoara.” Elsie Ivancich Dunin; Liz Mellish; Ivona Opetcheska-Tatarchevska (editors), Third Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe : Terminology and Theoretical Approaches and Crossing National Boundaries / Intercultural Communication:146–154, Skopje, Macedonia: International Council for Traditional Music National Committee Macedonia. ISBN 978–608–65721–0–5

2014. “Dance Performances as part of community festivals in Timişoara, Romania.” Elsie Ivancich Dunin; Catherine E. Foley (editors), Dance, Place, Festival : 27th Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Study Group on Ethnochoreology 2012:257–264, Limerick, Ireland: The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick. ISBN: 978–1905–952–53–3

2014. “An outsider’s view of an interethnic community in Banat: culture and identity in the village of Svinița.” European Review of Applied Sociology, vol 7, no 8. West University of Timișoara: Timișoara, Romania.

2014 . Jennifer R. Cash Villages on Stage: Folklore and Nationalism in the Republic of Moldova Halle Studies in the Anthropology of Eurasia,Vol. 26 Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2011, 211 pp. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 14, 2.

2013. Dancing through the city and beyond : Lives, movements and performances in a Romanian urban folk ensemble. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University College London (UCL) School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

2013. “The Koprivshtitsa festival: from national icon to globalised village event.” Ger Duijzings (editor), Global villages : rural and urban transformations in contemporary Bulgaria: 153–171, London: Anthem Press. ISBN 978-1-783-08351-0

2012. “Choreographic networks and dance styling in the Banat region of south west Romania.” Elsie Ivancich Dunin; Daniela Stavělová; Dorota Gremlicová (editors), Dance, gender and meanings: contemporizing traditional dance: proceedings of the 26th symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology 2010, Třešť, Czech Republic :145–152. Prague: Academy of Performing Arts in Prague; Institute of Ethnology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. ISBN 978–80–7331–236–7.

2012. “Dance movements and urban trajectories across and in the city : a Romanian case study.” Narodna umjetnost: Croatian Journal of Ethnology and Folklore Research, 49 1, 131–145, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research. Online: http://hrcak.srce.hr/84972

2008. “The Festival of the Hearts in Timișoara – a showcase of local and globalised identities?” The Anthropology of South Eastern Europe, 27-29 November, Muzeul Olteniei Craiova, Romania.

2006. “Doing’ ethnography in virtual space. The experience of running an English language website on Romanian ethnography based in the UK.” Mihai Fifor (editor), Symposia – Caiete de Etnologie si Antropologie 2006. 143-156, Craiova, Romania: Muzeul Olteniei Craiova. ISSN 1583–7459.

2006. The Romanian Căluș tradition and its changing symbolism as it travels from the village to the global platform. Gotland, Sweden: Gotland University. Available: http://mainweb.hgo.se/Inst/ks.nsf/0/7b686428ccfa46cbc125713f003d0109/$FILE/Mellish%202006%20Calus.pdf

Author: Nick Green

2018. “Presentational folk ensembles on the festival stage: a window into a participatory and social local dance scene in Banat Romania.” Liz Mellish; Mehmet Öcal Özbilgin (editors), The Cultural Development of Folk Dance Festivals and the Sustainability of Tradition:167-178. İzmir, Turkey: Ege University Press. ISBN: 978-605-338-238-6

2017. “Social dancers in Balkan folk dance performance: communities, traditions and sensory concepts?” Kendra Stepputat (editor), Dance, Senses, Urban Contexts : 29th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology July 9-16, 2016 Retzhof Castle, Styria, Austria:238-247. Graz, Austria: ICTM, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. ISBN 978-3-8440-5337-7

2016. “Fieldwork recordings and visual dance: questioning methodologies for analysing the process of local dancing.” Liz Mellish, Ivanka Vlaeva, Lozanka Peycheva, Nick Green, Ventsislav Dimov (editors), Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe : Myth, Ritual, Post-1989, Audiovisual Ethnographies, Fifth Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe 2016 South-West University “Neofit Rilski”:271–279. Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria: University Publishing House “Neofit Rilski”. ISBN 978-954-00-0123-4

2016. “Community chain dances in Banat: uniformity or variability, is this about the group or the individual?” Liz Mellish; Nick Green; Mirjana Zakić (editors), Music and dance in Southeastern Europe : new scopes of research and action, Fourth symposium of the ICTM Study group on music and dance in Southeastern Europe:8–15. Belgrade: Faculty of music. ISBN 978–86–88619–71–4

2016. “Placing of Svinița’s identity as seen from the perspective of community dance culture.” Dance, field research and intercultural perspectives: The Easter customs in the village of Svinița:115–134. Pančevo: Selena Rakočević, Kulturi centar Pančevo. ISBN 978–86–918261–1–6

2014. “A consideration of structural analysis methodology in the context of southeast European dance: an example from Banat – Brâul bătrân.” Elsie Ivancich Dunin; Liz Mellish; Ivona Opetcheska-Tatarchevska (editors), Third Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe : terminology and theoretical approaches and crossing national boundaries / intercultural communication:27–35, Skopje, Macedonia: International Council for Traditional Music National Committee Macedonia. ISBN 978–608–65721–0–5

2014. “Dance practices in Banat: mountain village dances in the regional city of Timișoara.” Elsie Ivancich Dunin; Catherine E. Foley (editors), Dance, Place, Festival : 27th Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Study Group on Ethnochoreology 2012:74–83, Limerick, Ireland: The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick, Ireland. ISBN: 978–1905–952–53–3

2012. “Dance practices in Banat: ‘contra-timp’ from the Banat mountain villages in the urban context.” Elsie Ivancich Dunin; Daniela Stavělová; Dorota Gremlicová (editors), Dance, gender and meanings: contemporizing traditional dance: Proceedings of the 26th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology 2010, Třešť, Czech Republic. 117–123, Prague: Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Institute of Ethnology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. ISBN 978–80–7331–236–7.

Joint authors:

Mellish, Liz; Rakočević, Selena
2016. “Introduction.” Dance, field research and intercultural perspectives: The Easter customs in the village of Svinița:9–20. Pančevo: Selena Rakočević, Kulturi centar Pančevo. ISBN 978–86–918261–1–6.

Mellish, Liz; Rakočević, Selena
2015. “Sub-Study Group on Field Research Theory and Methods ‘Dance, field research, and Scholarly Narratives (the village of Sviniţa, Romania, 4th to 8th May 2013): Introduction.” Elsie Ivancich Dunin (editor), Dance, narratives, heritage: 28th symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethochoreology, 7–17 July 2014, Korčula Croatia:2. Zagreb, Croatia: Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research; ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology. ISBN 978–953–6020–98–0

Mellish, Liz; Green, Nick
2015. “Writing ethnography from local to regional and backward (revisiting) : Practices commemorating the dead through dancing in Romanian Banat villages.” Elsie Ivancich Dunin (editor), Dance, narratives, heritage: 28th symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethochoreology, 7–17 July 2014, Korčula Croatia:9–14. Zagreb, Croatia: Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research; ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology. ISBN 978–953–6020–98–0

Mellish, Liz; Green, Nick
2013. “Traditional folk dance performance in the 21st Century: Romanian Căluș versus English Morris: Revivalist versus ex-communist?” Drago Kunej; Urša Šivic (editors), Trapped in folklore?: studies in music and dance tradition and their contemporary transformations. Ethnomusicology 7:5–24, Zurich Münster: Lit Verlag. ISBN 978–3–643–90232–0

Mellish, Liz; Green, Nick
2011. “Public presentations, regional perceptions and dance learning processes in 21st century Romanian Banat.” Elsie Ivancich Dunin; Mehmet Öcal Özbilgin (editors), Proceedings of the Second Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe:53–58. İzmir, Turkey: Ege University State Turkish Music Conservatory. ISBN 978–975–483–882–4

Mellish, Liz; Green, Nick
2010. “New opportunities for Romanian folk ensemble performers: How the availability of modern technologies has contributed to 21st century folk performance strategies in Timișoara.” New Sound International Magazine for Music, 36 (2):135–143. Belgrade: Department of Musicology.

Mellish, Liz; Green, Nick
2009. “Performing tradition through transition in Romania : folk ensemble performances at Festivalul Inimilor, Timișoara, Romania.” Velika Stoykova Serafmovska (editor), First Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on music and dance in Southeastern Europe: 4–8 September 2008, Struga R. Macedonia:75–87. Struga, Republic of Macedonia: Macedonian Composers Association – SOKOM. ISBN 978–9989–801–08–2

Edited books

Mellish, Liz; Özbilgin, Mehmet Öcal (editors)
2018. “The Cultural Development of Folk Dance Festivals and the Sustainability of Tradition : Introduction.” Liz Mellish; Mehmet Öcal Özbilgin (editors), The Cultural Development of Folk Dance Festivals and the Sustainability of Tradition:11-26. İzmir, Turkey: Ege University Press. ISBN: 978-605-338-238-6

Rakočević, Selena; Mellish, Liz (editors)
2016. Dance, field research and intercultural perspectives: The Easter customs in the village of Svinița. Pančevo: Selena Rakočević, Kulturi centar Pančevo. ISBN 978–86–918261–1–6

Mellish, Liz; Green, Nick; Zakić, Mirjana (editors)
2016. Music and dance in Southeastern Europe : new scopes of research and action, Fourth symposium of the ICTM Study group on music and dance in Southeastern Europe. Belgrade: Faculty of music. ISBN 978–86–88619–71–4

Dunin, Elsie Ivancich; Mellish, Liz; Opetcheska-Tatarchevska, Ivona (editors)
2014. Third Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe : Terminology and Theoretical Approaches and Crossing National Boundaries / Intercultural Communication. Skopje, Macedonia: International Council for Traditional Music National Committee Macedonia. ISBN 978–608–65721–0–5

Baker, Catherine, Christopher J. Gerry, Barbara Madaj, Liz Mellish, Jana Nahodilova (editors)2007. Nation in Formation: Inclusion and Exclusion in Central & Eastern Europe. London: School of Slavonic & East European Studies, UCL.

Other publications

Mellish, Liz; Green, Nick
2016. Bulgarian traditional dances. ISTD magazine.

Mellish, Liz; Green, Nick
2015. Romanian traditional dances. ISTD magazine.

Mellish, Liz
2010. Bulgarian ethnic dress.
2010. Early history of dress.
2010. Geography and climate: southeast Europe.
2010. Links between Bulgarian and Romanian ethnic dress across the Danube plain.
2010. Romanian ethnic dress.
2010. Romanian royal family and ethnic dress
2010. Romanian shepherd’s dress.
In: Bartlett, Djurdja & Smith, Pamela (eds.) Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion: Volume 9, East Europe, Russia, and the Caucasus. 490–494, Oxford: Berg.

Green, Nick; Mellish, Liz
2009. The Eliznik Web Pages – Romania, Bulgaria and South East Europe Ethnography [Online]. Watford: www.eliznik.org.uk/. Available: www.eliznik.org.uk/.

Mellish, Liz
2006? “Koprivshtitsa” Simon Broughton; Mark Ellingham; Jon Lusk (editors), Rough Guide to World Music. London: Rough Guides.

Mellish, Liz
2004. Queen Marie and Romanian Folk Costume In: Harris, R. (ed.) The Romanian Royal World. Bucharest: Muzeul de Istorie al Municipiului Bucureşti.

Mellish, Liz; Green, Nick
2006. “The Bulgarian National Festival of Folklore, Koprivshtitsa – August 2005” [PassiOn Music Magazine [Online].

Mellish, Liz; Green, Nick
1995. Bulgarski Narodni Tantsi: Eliznik.

Mellish, Liz; Green, Nick
1993. Romanian Background Information: Eliznik.

Published on 15th August 2018