SIBE+20 Music and Dance Research – Practices of Social and Political Responsibility

International Conference | October 2020 | Aveiro, Portugal

The Institute of Ethnomusicology – Center for the Study of Music and Dance is pleased to host and organize the congress SIBE+20, which will take place at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, from the 14th to the 17th October 2020.

Under the theme Music and Dance Research – Practices of Social and Political Responsibility, SIBE+20 includes the bottom listed international conferences:
16th SIBE Conference
11th IASPM Spain Conference
4th Conference of Popular Musics of the Hispanic and Portuguese Worlds
3th Conference of the Spain ICTM National Committee
2nd Conference of the Portuguese ICTM National Committee

In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and with the Millennium Goals signed by the United Nations, SIBE+20 proposes to approach research in music and dance as practices of social and political responsibility grounded on the following themes:

  • Sounds, territories and ecological consciousness
  • New demographies, coexistence and social vulnerability
  • Music, archives and the digitalization of memory
  • Artivism, public space, and social networks
  • Queer-activism, feminism and new masculinities
  • Music and dance for an education based on social responsibility
  • Heritage practices and sustainability

The official languages of the conference are Portuguese | Spanish | English.


Proposals are invited in the following categories: 

Individual paper
Individual paper presentations are 20 minutes long to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. The proposal must include a 300 word maximum abstract.

Organized panels are 90 minutes (three papers, 20 minutes each, followed by 10 minutes discussion) or two hours long (four papers and a discussant). A proposal by the panel organizer (300 words) as well as by each individual presenter is necessary (300 words each). Where an independently submitted abstract appears to fit a panel, the program committee may suggest the addition of a panelist.

Audiovisual session
Recently completed documentaries introduced by their author and discussed by conference participants may be proposed. Submit a 300 word abstract including titles, subjects, and formats, and indicate the duration of the proposed documentaries and introduction/discussion.

Poster Session
A space where presenters can exhibit posters and remain on hand for a scheduled period for discussion will be provided. A 300 word abstract by the poster’s author must be submitted.

Roundtable sessions provide opportunities for participants to discuss a subject with each other and with members of the audience. Sessions of up to two hours long should include at least four but no more than five presenters. The organizer will solicit position papers of up to 15 minutes from each presenter and will facilitate questions and discussion for the remaining time. Proposals for roundtables should be submitted by the session organizer (300 words).

Instructions for abstracts
Abstracts should include a clear focus of the problem, a coherent argument, knowledge of previous research, and a statement of the implications for ethnomusicology. Proposals can be submitted here

Any doubts related to the program or organization can be send to Ana Flávia Miguel ( Please, don’t send proposals to this address.

Deadline for submission of proposals by 30th April 2020
Notifications of acceptances by 30th June 2020

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