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East Asian Music and Modernity

2006 Asian Pacific Traditional Arts Festival: International Conference
National Centre for Traditional Arts, I-lan, Taiwan, August 31 - September 2, 2006


1.	Motivations

The traditional musics of East Asia have long been established in practice
and study.  However, due to the limitations of language, requiring local
scholars to publish in English as an entry point to Western academic
dissemination, there has been considerably less direct exchange between
East Asian researchers.  With this standpoint in mind, the National Centre
for Traditional Arts in I-lan has decided to organise the 2006 Asian
Pacific Traditional Arts Festival and planned a co-curricular activity
with Nanhua University, Taiwan, in the form of a conference on East Asian
Music and Modernity.  This event hopes to offer opportunities for direct
dialogue between Asian and other countries on the issue of modernity in
East Asian music, in addition general cultural exchange.  The National
Centre for Traditional Arts is an important institution for the
conservation of traditional music in the Chinese community.  Nanhua
University has long been promoting ethnomusicological research since its
inception, and hopes -- through the presentation of academic research --
to complement the realm of live performance at the Asian Pacific
Traditional Arts Festival.

This is an event that will allow for the congregation of Asian music
researchers in Asia, and prepare the ground for the formation of an East
Asian Music Study Group under the auspices of the International Council
for Traditional Music, as part of a larger plan to strengthen academic
research in East Asian ethnomusicology.  At the 38th Conference of the
International Council for Traditional Music, held in Sheffield, August
2005, various scholars -- including TSUKADA Kenichi (Japan), SHEEN
Dae-Cheol (Korea), XIAO Mei (China), Nora YEH (United States) and TSAI
Tsanhuang (Taiwan) -- had come to the view that many scholars in Asia,
otherwise worthy researchers in their native fields, were being hindered
by language difficulties and refraining from attending international
conferences.  This lack of participation on the international stage has
inadvertently led to an overlooking of Asian ethnomusicological research.  
The formation of the Asian Music Study Group will hopefully address this
issue, and provide for greater exchange on both the regional Asian
ethnomusicology stage, as well as other international platforms.

2.	Conference Theme and Related Issues

Today, the musics of East Asia have long been exposed to cultural exchange
and share similar characteristics: Some of these common representations
are found in the musical sound itself (e.g.  pitch-systems, melodies,
aesthetics etc); other representations are found in the larger
socio-cultural dimensions to this sound (e.g. organology, biology, the
passing of traditions etc).  Since the 18th and 19th centuries, Western
colonial powers have also made their presence felt in Asia.  These
developments have no doubt contributed to conflicts resulting in
philosophical and political tussles between the desire to "modernise" and
the need to "preserve" traditional musical forms.  Following a discussion
held by conference organisers, we are pleased to invite academics to
propose papers on the following (but not exclusive) research themes:
Music and Cultural Policy
Musical Culture, Transmission and Education
Music and Globalisation
Music and Technology
Music and Minority
Music and Migration
New Perspectives

3.	Submission of Abstracts and Selection of Papers

We hereby invite scholars from within and outside Taiwan, as well as
musicians and students, to submit abstracts of no more than 350 words, in
English, to the programme committee.  We are especially encouraging
postgraduate students to submit their abstracts.  Final selections will be
made and announced in mid June 2006, by a panel of academics listed below.  
Scholars whose abstracts have been accepted will only need to prepare
their own travel cost to Taiwan.  Conference fees, inland travel
expenditure and accommodation will be provided by the conference

Programme Committee:
SHEEN Dae-Cheol (Korea), SHEN Qia (Taiwan), WANG Yingfen (Taiwan), WASEDA
Minako (Japan), Lawrence WITZLEBEN (Hong Kong), XIAO Mei (China), YANG Mu

4.	Conference Languages and Style of Reports

English will be the main language of the conference, although some venues
will provide facilities for simultaneous translation.  This has been
decided in the name of creating opportunities for scholars from different
parts of the world to interact with each other, and also to stimulate
regional exchange with a view to increasing the abilities of Asian
scholars to present on international platforms.

Each speaker will be given 30 minutes (including 20 minutes of paper
presentation time and 10 minutes of questions).  He or she is required to
present new research that is yet unpublished.  In order to smooth the
delivery of the translation process and facilitate international exchange,
organisers strongly encourage scholars to prepare, in advance, full-text
copies of their papers, in English (and also if possible a Chinese-English
glossary of technical terms) for reproduction and circulation during the

5. Deadline for the Submission of Papers

Abstracts can be submitted from now till 31 May 2006, via email, fax or
post to the addresses listed at the bottom of this announcement.  The
selection panel will decide and announce, through individual
communications, the results of paper proposals by mid June 2006.

6.	Other Points To Note

This conference is one in a range of many events held under the auspices
of the Asia Pacific Traditional Arts Festival, which is in turn organised
by the National Centre for Traditional Arts.  Conference participants will
thus have the chance to participate in a rich variety of programmes and
performances offered under the official festival umbrella.  More
information on the festival will be updated, from May 2006, on the website
for the Centre for Ethnomusicology, National Centre for Traditional Arts
( as well as the website for Nanhua University

Conference Committee:
National Centre for Traditional Arts: CHANG Su-pao, LIN Chao-hao
Nanhua University: CHANG Sung-fen, CHOU Chun-yi, CHOU Ping, MING Li-kuo,
SHEN Qia, TONG Zhongliang, TAN Shzr Ee, TSAI Tsan-huang

Contact (Nanhua University): TSAI Tsan-huang
Tel: +886 (0) 5 272 1001 ex. 56234 or 2271
Fax: +886 (0) 5 242 7164
Post: Nanhua University, Department of Ethnomusicology, 32 Chung Keng Li, 
Dalin, Chiayi 622, Taiwan

Contact (National Centre for Traditional Arts): YUAN Guan-da
Tel: +886-2-2341-1200 ex. 208
Fax: +886-2-2341-5811
Post: Research Institute of Musical Heritage, National Traditional Arts
Centre, 26 Hang Chou North Road, Chung Cheng, Taipei 100, Taiwan
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