10th Anniversary International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony

27–31 October, 2020

Update: 14.05.2020

International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire and the International Centre for Georgian Folk Song are pleased to announce that the scholars working on the problems of polyphony are invited to participate in the 10th Anniversary International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony, on 27–31 October, 2020, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Official languages of the Symposium are English and Georgian. All the papers will be published after the symposium in both English and Georgian.

Due to the changes caused by the pandemic, especially due to various rules of international transportation, participation in the symposium is also allowed in the format of online presentation (by sending video presentations in prior).

Topics of the Symposium:

The participants are encouraged to submit abstracts on all aspects of traditional polyphony. The submitted papers will be grouped according to the problems discussed in them and will be presented at the corresponding session. This will allow to better cover the wide range of issues of polyphony.

Alongside the traditional themes, we would like to introduce two special new themes for the 10th symposium: Polyphony and Rhythm as Manifestation of Human SocialityandPolyphony in the Context of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, as well as a new topic forRound table: “Traditional Music and Contemporary Society”.


The Program Committee encourages submission of individual, panel, poster and round-table proposals:

  • Individual paper will be allotted up to 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion;
  • Panel presentation includes two or three papers, 20 minutes each, followed by 10 minute discussion;
  • Poster presenters will be allotted 10 minutes for presentation in Power Point format and 5 minutes for discussion. Poster presenters are kindly requested to bring a prepared 80 cm wide x 100 cm tall poster to the symposium;
  • About 2-hour-long Round table session includes not more than four presenters (10 minutes each). The audience is encouraged to participate in the discussion.

Abstracts, CVs and full papers

Abstracts and short CVs – both texts no more than 1800 characters (both should be inserted in the on-line registration form).

The full texts – maximum 7 pages, font New Times Roman, size 12, spacing 1.5.


The deadline for on-line registration: 15 June, 2020

Notification of the Acceptance:  01 July, 2020

The deadline for submission of full text of papers with the consideration of the time for translation – 10 August, 2020.

Registration fee

For scholars – 80 USD (In case of online presentation – 25 USD)

For student – 30 USD (In case of online presentation – 15 USD)

Accommodation, transportation, cultural program

All the cost of accommodation, as well as cultural program will be borne by the Organizing Committee of the Symposium.

The Organizing Committee plans a day of cultural program for the Symposium participants. Cultural program includes sightseeing in one of Georgia’s regions.

The Tbilisi International Symposium is not only a scholarly discussion of the problems of folk multi-part singing, but is accompanied by a wide spectrum of polyphonic music from Georgia and elsewhere. We expect that, as always, a number of ensembles from around the world will present polyphonic singing at the symposium.

Complete information including the full Call for Papers as well as the history of previous symposia, information on the participants, contents of the bilingual books of proceedings with full texts of all symposium papers and can be found on the symposium website.