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.

Music in the Context of Culture

V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire hosts the International scientific conference “Music in the Context of Culture” dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Givi Orjonikidze, eminent musicologist, scholar, writer and public figure.

The conference will be held 2-4 December, 2019.

Working languages of the Conference are Georgian and English.

Conference topic is broad and it includes all the themes covering issue of Music in the Context of Culture.

Conference papers will be later published in special issue of the peer reviewed electronic scientific journal: GESJ: Musicology and Cultural Science.

Please registered at: https://forms.gle/h6VUqHd2QLErRh6m7 before 15 October, 2019 and forward the short  Bio and  abstracts (in Georgian or English languages correspondingly) to the following address:  rusiko.tsurtsumia@gmail.com

Bio and abstract should not exceed  260 words.

Format of the text:

Font: Times New Roman

Size: 12

Interval: 1,5

Margins from all sides: 2.0 cm

Time-limit of the Conference: presentation and discussion – 30 min.

Due to the need to translate the text of the paper into Georgian, please send full text of your presentation before 1 November, 2019.

Please note that participation is free of charge and accommodation of the participants (4 nights) is also covered by the conference.

Conference program also includes concert of the most famous contemporary Georgian composer, Gia Kancheli’s music (free attendance for the participants of the conference).

For additional information please contact to Professor Rusudan Tsurtsumia. :

e-mail address: rusiko.tsurtsumia@gmail.com

Tel.: (+995 32) 299 89 53

(+995) 593 98 51 17


Third Tbilisi International Musicological Conference (TIMC) – “Musicology with and without Borders”, 2-3 May, 2019

V.Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Tbilisi, Georgia

The deadline for registration, submission of proposals and short bio is 15 December, 2018.

 Official languages of the Conference are English and Georgian. All papers will be published after the conference at the electronic journal “Musicology and Cultural Science” (http://gesj.internet-academy.org.ge/en/title_en.php?b_sec=&section_l=muz).


Call for papers

Tbilisi International Musicological Conference is biennial conference on recent developments and future trends in Musicology. We welcome submissions that focus on any one or combination of the following:

  1. Musical text fixation: transcriptions, notation, documentation
  2. Artistic research
  3. Music, word and image
  4. Challenges of Theory and History of Music
  5. Inter-textual aspects of music
  6. Regime, ideology and music

 Theme of the round table: Teaching of musicological disciplines:  challenges and perspectives for HEIs”



Proposals from all areas of musicology and related music studies are invited for the following:

  • Individual papers – will be twenty minutes in duration, to be followed by ten minutes for questions and discussion.
  • Poster presentations should be ten minutes in duration (in Power point presentation format), to be followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussions.
  • Round table sessions will be 90-120 minutes in duration, including time for discussion. Round table sessions will comprise a panel of up to four people, each presenting a position paper (no more than 10 minutes), followed by a discussion.


All proposals should include:

  • Title
  • Indication of format
  • Proposer’s name, affiliation, short bio – no more than 100 words
  • Abstract (for individual paper) / description of the project (for poster) – no more than 250 words,
  • Contact e -mail
  • AV requirements

After getting a notification of acceptance presenter must send full text of paper (no more than 7 pages – font size 12, with 1.5 spacing, margins 2 cm) which should be translated for conference.

All materials should be sent to e-mail: science@tsc.edu.ge



Closing date for online registration, abstract and short bio15 December, 2018.

Notification of acceptance: 28 December, 2018

Deadline for papers  – 30 January, 2019.

Conference: 2-3 May, 2019


Contacts and other information

For any additional information, please contact:

e-mail: science@tsc.edu.ge

Phone: +995 322 98 71 88

website: www.tsc.edu.ge

facebook: TSC Research Department


Conference Fees:

50 EUR – for scholars

30 EUR – for PhD students


The program of the conference also includes workshops, concert and cultural program.