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ICTM World Conference 2005
Sheffield, August 2005

ICTM WORLD CONFERENCE 2005 Sheffield - England 3rd - 9th August 2005 CALL FOR PROPOSALS website:
The Program Committee for the 38th ICTM World Conference in Sheffield, composed of Elsie Dunin (Croatia, USA), Bruce Koepke (Australia), Don Niles (Papua New Guinea), Patricia Opondo (South Africa), Svanibor Pettan (Slovenia - chair), Suzel Reily (United Kingdom), Anthony Seeger (USA - ex officio), Tan Sooi-Beng (Malaysia), and Jonathan Stock (United Kingdom - ex officio) is pleased to announce the following conference themes: 1. Music, Dance, and War This is an ever-relevant and in the present circumstances particularly important theme that calls for the inclusion of sociopolitical, historical, and other relevant aspects, and has global implications. It covers a wide range of issues, such as political (mis)uses of music and dance at war times, including censorship; musical instruments in military musics; compositional tools used to depict war; music and dance practices of refugees; music and dance rehabilitation from war-related traumas. 2. Reviving, Reconstructing, and Revitalizing Music and Dance Ethnomusicologists and folklorists have discovered ongoing change at the heart of even the most carefully sustained music and dance traditions. Nevertheless, certain traditions are actively revived, reconstructed, or revitalized at particular times by those involved. These processes are found in revival, transformed traditions, national folk music and dance, and new traditional music. This theme turns the spotlight directly onto these moments of explicit renewal. Papers may analyse processes, individual agencies underlying change, their impact on performance practice and aesthetics, and other aspects. 3. Applied Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology This theme emphasizes situations in which scholars put their knowledge and understanding to creative use to stimulate concern and awareness about the people they study. Papers may consider issues of advocacy, canonicity, musical literacy, cultural property rights, cultural imperialism, majority - minority relations, and many others. Contributions on the application of technologies such as internet and their effects on music and dance also fit in here. Presenters are invited to address both positive and negative cases from world-wide contexts, past and present. 4. Music, Dance, Islam The rich musical life of many Islamic societies is well known. This theme suggests questions that look at expressive culture and ideas in these societies, such as: how widely are music and dance traditions shared across the large areas of the world in which Muslims live; what are the relationships between sound, music, movement, dance, gender roles, and the body; what concepts, emphases, and assumptions from research approaches to music and dance performance in the Muslim world might be applied by ethnomusicologists to situations elsewhere? 5. New Research Current and ongoing research that the author wishes to bring to international attention but does not fall into one of the main themes of the conference, may be submitted. PROPOSALS FOR CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS Members who wish to make a presentation are asked to send their proposal as soon as possible, but before the deadline of November 1, 2004. EARLY ACCEPTANCE OF PROPOSALS To facilitate the travel planning of prospective conference participants, and especially the coordination of panels, the Program Committee will consider, upon request, proposals for "early acceptance" which fit clearly into the scheme of the conference. Submissions for which "early acceptance" is required must be made by email. In such cases, we will attempt to reach a decision within four weeks after receipt of the proposal. PRESENTATION FORMATS We encourage presentations in the form of panels: sessions that are entirely planned, coordinated, and prepared by a group of people, one of whom is the responsible coordinator. The parameters are: 90 minutes total time slot; three or more participants; structure at the discretion of the organizer. The proposal must explain the overall purpose, the role of the individual participants, and signal the commitment of all participants to attend the conference. Each panel proposal will be accepted or rejected as a whole. Panel proposals will receive priority consideration for "early acceptance." Other forms of presentation are not discouraged, however. Members may propose individual papers, round-tables, or other formats. Papers from individual members, if accepted, will be grouped by the Program Committee into sessions as usual. Each paper will be allotted 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion. If members have any questions about the program, or the suitability of a proposal, please contact the Program Chair or a member of the Program Committee and ask for assistance. LANGUAGES English is the official language of the conference, and only papers to be delivered in this language can be accepted. Proposals must be submitted in English, as described below. PROPOSAL FORMAT Please send your proposal by email. If you are unable to send your proposal by email, you may send a hard copy plus computer diskette after July 1, 2004. Proposals must include the title of the presentation and an abstract of its contents. If you are proposing a session, make sure to include an abstract of the session and the abstracts of the individual presentations. Please indicate the types(s) of illustration to be used. The proposal should be written in English and should not exceed 350 words (one typewritten page). It is expected that all papers and panels will present new insights. Proposals of presentations that were previously given or have appeared in print, or otherwise, will be rejected. The Program Committee reserves the right to accept those proposals that, in their opinion, fit best into the scheme of the conference. Members may use the Proposal Form included in this Bulletin for mail or fax submissions, or copy the form from the ICTM website and paste it into an email message for submission. WHERE TO SEND PROPOSALS FOR PRESENTATIONS Proposals should be sent to: Svanibor Pettan ICTM Program Chair - Sheffield 2005 University of Ljubljana Dept. of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology SI-1000 Ljubljana, Zavetiska 2 Slovenia Fax: (386 1) 423 44 97 Email: (E-MAIL) The Program Committee may not be able to consider proposals received after the deadline of November 1, 2004. MEMBERSHIP Please note that the Program Committee will only consider proposals whose authors are current members of the ICTM in good standing for 2004. New members may join and submit a proposal at the same time. Proposals from students are encouraged. Membership applications are available at the ICTM website ( For membership questions, contact the ICTM Secretariat at or write to ICTM Secretariat, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA, 2539 Schoenberg Music Bldg., Box 957178, Los Angeles CA 90095-7178, USA. AUDIO VISUAL PRESENTATIONS Members are invited to present, with short commentary, video recordings of music and dance. Britain uses the PAL system for video, and the conference will provide inch VHS PAL playback machines in each conference room. Speakers from areas using other systems are encouraged to dub their videos to this system before attending the conference, if possible. We are currently exploring the possibility of providing NTSC to PAL copying facilities at the conference site. Each conference room will be equipped with a PC and data projector for power point as well as an overhead projector, CD player and audiocassette player. Attendees planning to use DVD are advised to bring their own laptop and connection leads (cables) to circumvent blocks on the conference PCs that would prevent the playing back of DVDs produced in other zones. Updates will be provided on the ICTM website. For updates go to Conference Location. SPECIAL SESSIONS / WORKSHOPS We also invite contributions that do not fall into the set of themes given above, and we shall consider "Special Sessions" and panels on other themes if suitable submissions are made. We encourage special sessions and panels to be organized in such a way that there is much opportunity for discussion. EXHIBITS The conference organizers are planning to prepare an exhibition of ethnomusicological books, audio and audio-visual, and other materials that will be on display and also for sale. The October 2004 Bulletin will carry information about exhibiting your books and other materials. GENERAL ASSEMBLY The 37th General Assembly of the ICTM will be held during the conference at a date to be announced in the October 2004 Bulletin. CONFERENCE REGISTRATION Registration forms with all the necessary information will be included in the October 2004 Bulletin, and will be available on the ICTM website. ACCOMMODATION Single-room accommodation has been reserved in the University's Ranmoor House Hall of Residence, which is where the conference itself will be held. These are relatively simple, student-style rooms, with bed, desk, chair, cupboard and telephone/network connection. Each corridor has a number of bathrooms, showers, toilets, and a kitchen. Ranmoor House also has a dining hall, bar, laundry, a computer room, gardens and spaces for relaxation. Onsite photocopying facilities are present but somewhat limited, so attendees may find it more convenient to prepare copies of handouts before arrival. Twin and double rooms (and hotel-quality singles) with ensuite bathrooms may be available at the Holiday Inn hotel, approximately 10 minutes' walk from Ranmoor House. Details of these locations will appear on the ICTM website. ENTERTAINMENT The organizers are planning a variety of concerts, informal music sessions, special events, exhibitions and sightseeing tours in conjunction with the conference. Details will be available on the ICTM website. SHEFFIELD, U.K. Sheffield is England's fifth-largest city, with a population of over 570,000. It lies near the geographical centre of England, and can be reached from Manchester International Airport in approximately 90 minutes by train and from central London in 2 hours 20 minutes by train. Known internationally for its steel industry, and most particularly for cutlery, Sheffield is also an important centre for English dance and music traditions, past and present. The hills, valleys, and villages of the UK's oldest national park, the Peak District National Park, are readily accessible from the conference site, and we plan a tour into this area. Back to Index of Conferences
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