Images of Music Making and Cultural Exchange between the East and the West

Eleventh conference of the ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts
China Conservatory of Music (中国音乐学院), Beijing
26–30 October 2012

Besides notated compositions, preserved instruments, and writings on music, images can furnish an abundance of information important to music history. The conference Images of Music Making and Cultural Interchange between the East and the West will provide scholars of music iconography with a forum to present their views on exchange of cultural and musical influences. For the Chinese scholars, this will be an opportunity to get acquainted in more detail with the Western visual sources, as well as the research methodologies facilitated by the Western scholars which are often significantly different from the Chinese models. For the Western scholars, on the other hand, the conference will bring into focus the richness of Chinese iconographic sources, their significance in the music history of Asia, and methods of research facilitated within Chinese academia.

Proposals for papers on the following topics are invited:

* Music culture of China and other Asian countries reflected in visual sources
* Instruments of the East and West and their symbolism reflected in visual arts
* Scenography and iconography of music theater (traditional Chinese/Asian forms, Western opera and music theater)
* Iconography of dance
* European visions of Chinese music: From Marco Polo to rococo chinoiserie and beyond
* Packaging and promotion of popular music in Asia
* Methods of research in music iconography
Papers on other topics related to music iconography will be considered

Abstracts of 200-300 words may be submitted in the English language before 1 February 2012 to:

Zdravko Blazekovic
Research Center for Music Iconography
City University of New York
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309


刘勇 / Liu Yong
China Conservatory of Music
No. 1, Anxiang Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101

The invitation for this conference came from Professor Liu Yong at the China Conservatory of Music, who is also in charge of the local arrangements in Beijing. The China Conservatory of Music was founded in 1964, and it is an institution which combines the performance and research on Chinese traditional music. It offers degrees in musicology, composition, instrumental and vocal performance, music education, conducting, and arts administration. I am convinced that it will be a wonderful host institution for our meeting. The conference will take place immediately following the eighth conference of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology (ISGMA), which will be held in Suzhou and Beijing (20-25 October 2012), what will make possible for participants to easily attend both events.

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