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International Council for Traditional Music,
34th World Conference



                34th WORLD CONFERENCE OF THE ICTM
         Nitra, Slovak Republic, June 24 - July 2, 1997

The International Council for Traditional Music, which was founded in 1947
as the International Folk Music Council, will celebrate its 50th
Anniversary at the 34th World Conference of the ICTM at Nitra, Slovak
Republic. The conference dates are June 25 - July 1, 1997; arrival: June
24, departure: July 2; note the slight change of dates as compared to
earlier announcements. 

Inexpensive accommodation (single room about US$ 15; double room about US$
17) and meals (full board/day: about US$ 10) are available at the
AgroInstitut, the primary conference site. There are also a number of
reasonably-priced hotels in Nitra. 


The scholarly conference program will concentrate on the following 8

1. Music and Dance of Peasant Societies in National and Political

     The dancing and music making of peasants and its relations to the
agricultural cycle are often attributed symbolic significances in complex
states where peasant societies may constitute minorities. Under this
theme, we invite contributions on peasant societies, and especially on the
ways in which complex societies deal with them in their cultural policies. 

2. Music of the World's Cultures in Education.

     How are the processes of globalization reflected in the teaching of
music and dance? What are the aims and purposes of teaching 'music of the
world's cultures' in specific settings, and how are the educational
principles implemented? We would especially welcome contributions that are
addressing concrete cases and that are based on teaching experience of
some sort. 

3. Music and Dance as Identity Markers in Multicultural Societies. 

     Multicultural societies challenge individuals and groups to
continually negotiate their identities. The performing arts provide often
prominent arenas for the projection of group identities. What are the
chosen identity markers in specific cases, how are they selected,
manipulated, maintained and used in multicultural settings, how do they
function to set apart within the context of larger society? 

4. Traditional Music, Digital Technology and Electronic Networks.

     Technological advances, music research and musical practices have
been closely linked since the Edison phonograph became a useable
instrument more than 100 years ago. How have the technological
developments of the last decades affected the study and the practices of
traditional music and dance? 

5. Sound and Image in the Study and Presentation of Traditional Music and

     The relationships among dance, music and poetry differ widely among
various traditions. Issues encouraged for consideration under this theme
include hierarchies between expressive systems, the various types of
interrelationship between music-dance-text (considered on a structural
level), different expressive systems interacting in ritual contexts, but
also the analytical potential of sound/image documentation. 

6. Traditional Music and World Beat.

     Pop music has influenced traditional music in many ways, just as
traditional musics have been drawn into the domain of World Beat. In some
cases, musical elements of pop music were adopted and the music played on
traditional instruments. In other cases, electronic instruments were
introduced and used for new interpretations of traditional idioms. Is
traditional music in danger of being replaced by world beat? Is pop
becoming traditional music? What role does the music industry play? These
are among the many questions which this theme raises. 

7. Musical Instruments in the 20th Century.

     In the 20th century, we have witnessed the birth of many new
mechanical and electrical instruments. Technological developments as well
as other factors have affected the construction, sound quality, technical
possibilities and spread of others; some instruments have taken on new
meanings, others have disappeared. The turn of the century invites
evaluations of the changing forms and roles of musical instruments. 

8. Crossing Boundaries - Redrawing Boundaries in Music.

     Music is conceived, created, maintained and shaped into distinctive
categories by people who consider a given repertoire appropriate for a
particular time and place. Through time, but also with their social
settings, the boundaries of such categories - for instance, what is
Classical, what is Popular - tend to change, as do the identifications of
individuals, groups and even whole nations with such categories. We
welcome contributions to this theme from all musical traditions. 


The program committee (Chair: Dr. Wim van Zanten, Department of Cultural
and Social Studies, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9555, 2300 RA Leiden, the
Netherlands; Tel: +32-71-527 3465/ 527 3474; Fax: +32-71-527 3619; E-mail: invites proposals for conference papers,
video presentations and proposals for special sessions/ workshops. 
     Sending your proposal by E-mail, or sending a hard copy plus computer
diskette is preferred. In those cases, please, indicate which
word-processor you used; for E-mail also the encoder, if you do not send
the plain ASCII text. 
     Proposals should include the title of the paper, an outline of its
contents, the language in which the paper will be presented, and the
type(s) of illustrations to be used. Its length should be between half and
one typewritten page (200-400 words). Proposals should reach the Program
Chairman by 1 October, 1996. Conference languages are English, French and
     Please note that only those proposals will be considered whose
authors are members of the ICTM in good standing. Members will be notified
before 31 January 1997 whether or not their proposals are accepted. 


Registration forms with all the necessary information will be sent out
with the October 1996 Bulletin of the ICTM. Registration fees are in US
dollars: Ordinary Members: 100; Student Members: 50; Joint Members: 140;
Non-Members: 140; Daily Rates: 25; Student Daily Rate: 10. 


Available from the Bulletins of the ICTM or by writing to Dr. Wim van
Zanten for questions on the program (address: see above), Prof. Oskar
Elschek for hotel and local arrangements matters (Institute of Musicology,
Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravská cesta 9, 841 05 Bratislava, Slovak
Republic; Fax: +42-7-373 509/ 373 589; E-mail: or
to the ICTM Secretariat for ICTM membership issues (Department of Music,
Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA; Tel: +1-212-678- 0332; Fax:
+1-212-678-2513 or +1-212-854-8191; E-mail: