Music in Transmission: Teaching and Learning Traditional Music Today

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 30 April 2019
Notice of acceptance deadline: 15 May 2019
Full papers for reviewed publication submission deadline: 30 June 2019
Symposium date: 12 September 2019

The International Shakuhachi Festival Prague 2019, September 12 – 16, is an event dedicated to cultural and artistic exchange between Japanese and European contemporary music. Over the twelve years of its existence, it has become an important artistic, networking and educational platform for musicians, composers, scholars and artists. Its long-term goal is to expand its audience perception for sound.

Transmission of traditional music in modernizing and globalizing world has been an issue in various fields of music studies for several decades. In ethnomusicology, the discourses have historically entertained the notions of ‘preservation’ and ‘authenticity’ and ‘continuity’, of the ‘formal’ and the ‘informal’, of the ‘oral’ and the ‘visual’ or even of ‘cultural appropriation’ and ‘resistance’. Various traditional cultural institutions of musical transmission have been studied to understand both continuity and change under the conditions of globalization. New sites and ways of teaching and learning traditional instruments and singing techniques have constantly appeared in the globalizing world, especially in its better connected and more affluent parts, opening up the possibilities for fresh research perspectives.

Moreover, the technological boom has enabled an unprecedented availability of musical recordings, video tutorials and sophisticated music software enabling thus the potential for learning and/or reviving any kind of music in the world. Yet, the intimacy between the teacher and the learner, the oral transmission face to face, is still greatly appreciated and usually seen as indispensable for acquiring ‘the knowledge’ of an instrument or a singing technique in full. Indeed, neither an instrument, nor a voice are a ‘thing’, they are both always already cultured and socialized, and active actors playing their role in embodiment of the musical tradition and the culture they belong to.

What is this ‘knowledge’ musicians desire to teach and learners seek to learn today? Why do they do it? To what extent do they share or differ in their perspectives? How do various technologies influence the teaching/learning process today? What does the ‘mastering’ of a traditional instrument or a voice actually mean today? Who is the judge – the teacher, peer-musicians, the audience (and who is the audience)? What does teaching/learning traditional music entail and perhaps offer in the cross-cultural perspective? Does an instrument or a singing technique have an agency? How does an instrument ‘play’ the musician and how does a voice ‘sing’ her or his body? What is the role of institutions both ‘informal’ and ‘formal’ in the process of teaching/learning and what are the relationships between them in particular contexts? And why, in the first place, do people – still and anew – teach and learn ‘traditional music’ in the ‘modern world’?

CALL FOR PAPERS

Music in Transmission:

Teaching and Learning Traditional Music Today

Single day symposium
September 12, 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

Researchers in (ethno)musicology, music ethnology/folkloristics and music education as well as theorizing and reflective music teachers, learners and practitioners are encouraged to submit their proposals for 20-minute-long individual presentations which will be followed by a 10-minute-long discussion. Experience-based and ethnographic case studies- based presentations are particularly welcome. The abstracts must not exceed 300 words.

Selected papers with topics falling within the scope of musicology, ethnomusicology, organology and music theory will be published upon peer review in Živá Hudba/Living Music Review, the journal of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Written papers, however, are not mandatory for the symposium presentations.

This symposium will be conducted in English.

More about the symposium.

Abstract formal requirements

Range: Maximum 300 words
Presentation format:  20 min + 10 min

Register for the Symposium online at https://isfp.cz/about-symposium/open-call/

Download Open Call in PDF: Open Call 

Symposium Committee

Marian Friedl, Department of Musicology, Palacký University Olomouc

Vít Zdrálek, Institute of Musicology, Charles University

Jakub Míšek, NEIRO Association for Expanding Arts

Paper formal requirements and submission

Please see website of ŽiváHudba/Living Music Review:

Should you have any questions about the paper publication, please contact Jakub Míšek at jkb.misek@mail.muni.cz.

Symposium Fees and Registration

Speaker fee: 40 EUR
Visitor fee: 10 EUR (students for free)

The Mediterranean: Migrant Sounds

Location: Valencia, Spain
Dates: July 23–26, 2019

3rd Meeting of the IMS Study Group “Mediterranean Music Studies”
The 3rd meeting of the IMS Study Group “Mediterranean Music Studies” will be held in Valencia, Spain, during the 2nd International Conference of the Associació Valenciana de Musicologia, entitled The Mediterranean: Migrant Sounds, which is taking place from July 23 to 26, 2019.

Conference website: http://avamus.org/en/2019-conference

Atlantic Crossings: Music from 1492 through the Long 18th Century

Location: Boston, USA
Dates: June 7–8, 2019

The IMS Study Group “Early Music and the New World” will hold an open meeting during the session “From Colonies to Republics: Latin American Music in Transition, 1770–1825,” at the international conference Atlantic Crossings: Music from 1492 through the Long 18th Century at Boston University, USA, June 7 to 8, 2019.

Conference website: http://www.bu.edu/earlymusic/2018/09/26/program

IV ARLAC Conference

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dates: November 5–9, 2019

The IMS Regional Association for Latin America and the Caribbean (ARLAC) will hold its fourth conference at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina “Santa María de Buenos Aires” from November 5 to 9, 2019. Members of the IMS are eligible for a reduced conference fee. The link to the call for papers can be found below.

Official website (including CFP): http://www.arlac-ims.com

IMSEA Conference 2019

Location: Suzhou, China
Dates: October 18–20, 2019

The IMS Regional Association for East Asia (IMSEA) warmly invites all music researchers to submit proposals for their fifth biennial conference, to be hosted by the School of Music at Soochow University, China, from October 18 to 20, 2019. All topics of musical scholarship are welcome, including those reflecting historical, ethnographic, analytical, sociological, and cognitive methods, especially presentations of an inter-disciplinary and/or inter-regional character. Participants need not currently reside or work in East Asia.

Official website (including CFP): http://imsea2019.music.suda.edu.cn

RASMB-IMS 2019 Conference: MUSICAL AND CULTURAL OSMOSES IN THE BALKANS

Bucharest, 2–6 September, 2019

Call for Papers

The National University of Music in Bucharest in collaboration with the IMS Regional Association for the Study of Music of the Balkans announce an International Musicological Conference on the subject Musical and Cultural Osmoses in the Balkans. The conference will take place at the National University of Music Bucharest, on 2–6 September, 2019.

The purpose of the International Musicological Conference is to promote interaction, research, discussion and intercultural dialogue among musicologists, ethnomusicologists, researchers and students from Romania, the Balkans and other countries with an interest on the different local musical traditions in South-East Europe and their interactions to the Mediterranean and broader region.

The conference strongly encourages debating subjects such as art music in the Balkans and its interactions with Western Europe traditions, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine chant, methodologies and new trends in Musicology and Ethnomusicology/Music Anthropology of the Balkans, current issues and approaches in Music Education in the Balkans, music and political regimes.

Proposal may address (but are not limited to) the following categories that fall under the topic of the conference:

  1. Art Music in the Balkans
  2. Byzantine and post-Byzantine chant
  3. Musical encounters: Silk roads across Mediterranean area to Asia
  4. Ethnomusicology – Anthropology
  5. Methodologies and new trends in Musicology and Music Theory
  6. Music and politics

The official conference language is English. However, participants can present in Romanian, having submitted prior to the conference and at a set deadline a translation of the final paper in English.

Proposals are invited for:

  • 20-minute papers
  • Panels of up to four presentations (90 minutes).

Abstracts of 20-minute papers should not exceed 300 words and panels’ proposals should contain the description of the panel’s subject (no more than 100 words) and an abstract (no more than 300 words) for each paper included in the panel.

All proposals should be sent electronically as an attachment to the following email address: IMS2019bucharest@unmb.ro with the subject line: Musical and Cultural Osmoses in the Balkans.

The attachment should include the following information as well:

  • Name(s) of the author(s) and institution affiliation (if applicable)
  • Type of proposal
  • Title of the paper/panel proposal
  • Short biographical note of the author(s) (100 words)

Full audiovisual equipment and adequate technical support is available for all presentations.

Important dates:

  • Abstracts of proposals/panels: no later than 22 February 2019
  • Notification of approval: no later than 22 March 2019
  • Submission of finalised papers (only in cases of translated papers from Romanian to English): no later than 1 August 2019

Registration fees:

Participants: 30 Euros (10 Euros for students, including PhD candidates)

Date and venue:

Bucharest, 2–6 September, 2019, National University of Music Bucharest, 33 Știrbei Vodă Str., Sector 1, 010102 Bucharest, Romania (http://www.unmb.ro).

Contact information:

Further instructions and details will soon be posted on the conference webpage: ims2019bucharest.ro.
See also: http://www.musicology.org/networks/ra/rasmb
Announcements will also appear on the webpage of the National University of Music Bucharest (http://www.unmb.ro) and the New Europe College (http://www.nec.ro).

Principles of Music Composing: ratio versus intuitio

17th International Music Theory Conference

November 8th – 10th 2017

Vilnius, Lithuania

The aim of the annual conference ‘Principles of Music Composing’ is to foster theoretical thought that is essential for compositional practice and education of composers. Sixteen conferences of this series have already been held in Vilnius. The 17th conference draws attention to the phenomena of rationality and intuition, which are considered to be contrasting yet complementary poles in the compositional process. Intuition often alters the realization of rational scheme, model or archetype chosen by the composer. Meanwhile rational revision may improve intuitive improvisation, sonorous vision, or the artistic idea.

The topic of the conference could be divided into suggested subtopics:

  1. Rational processes of composition and aural intuition (theoretical insights, definition, conceptions, typology)
  2. Musical work as the result of rational and intuitive creative activity (theoretical, historical and aesthetical aspects)
  3. Adaptation of interdisciplinary ideas in the compositional practice based on rational and intuitive origin
  4. Rational and intuitive qualities in new musical resources and techniques (sonorism, microchromatics, extended techniques, aleatory, electronics, etc.)
  5. ‘Rational’ and ‘Intuitive’ composers: features of their works and the creative process
  6. Phenomena of rationality and intuition in the contemporary compositional practice
  7. Lithuanian composers: between rationality and intuition

Paper proposals (abstract and a short biography) should be sent by email pmc@lmta.lt . The abstract must not exceed 500 words. The duration of full presentation is limited to 20–25 minutes.

 The main language of the conference is English.

The deadline for proposal submissions is August 20th 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the scholarly committee and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in the beginning of September 2017.

The participation fee is 20 Euros.

Selected papers of the conference will be published in the annual peer reviewed scientific journal ‘Principles of Music Composing’.

pmc.lmta.lt 

Creating music across cultures in the 21st century

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Creating music across cultures in the 21st century

Istanbul Technical University, 25-27 May 2017

In the context of one of the world’s most organic melting pots, Istanbul, The Centre for Advanced Studies in Music, Istanbul Technical University, will host an international conference, in partnership with the European Research Council funded project “Beyond East and West,” May 25-27, 2017.

No music is an island.  Since time immemorial, cultures have traded and mixed musics across their domains, yet only in the 21st century have people around the world gained instant and virtually free access to musics beyond those of their neighbors.  The history of these mixings has been marked by a plethora of descriptors, some benign and others acerbic.  Depending on one’s perspective, the “other” musics span the gamut of primitive (“first”), Oriental, classical, art, learned, popular, etc.  Their mixtures have been termed synthetic, syncretic, trans-traditional, trans-cultural, intercultural, cross-cultural, borrowed, or globalized.  The oral and the literate have been contrasted, while the exotic has been vilified.  Quests for musical beauty and knowledge have been shaped by political, economic and social, hegemonic forces.  We are now at a point where, for the first time in history, the playing field has reached a new level of equity, with widespread access to a majority of the world’s traditions, on a scale radically different from a mere generation ago.

We invite proposals for papers (20-minute presentation plus 10-minute discussion) on any topic related to the mixing of musics from different musical traditions.  In addition to mixtures of maqam, raga, and other art traditions, we encourage proposals concerning the incorporation of “folk,” “traditional,” and “low-technology” musics in our 21st-century milieu. Our conference will be Interdisciplinary, and we welcome proposals from composers, performers, improvisers, musicologists, critical theorists, music philosophers, ethnomusicologists, and—especially—etcetera.  While springing from a notated art music tradition, we welcome other perspectives, oral traditions, and boundary stretchers.

Deadline: Please send a 250-word abstract to Robert Reigle, rreigle@gmail.com, with subject heading “Creating Music across Cultures-Abstract,” by 6 March 2017.  We will announce acceptances by 20 March.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Münir Nurettin Beken, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles.

Programme committee: Prof. Amanda Bayley, Prof. Şehvar Beşiroğlu, Prof. Sandeep Bhagwati, Dr. Michael Ellison, Dr. E. Şirin Özgün, Dr. Robert F. Reigle.

Website: http://www.miam.itu.edu.tr/cmac2017/index.html

Conference Fee: Full conference, 3 days: €60 / 200-Turkish Lira; 2 days: €40 / 140-TL; 1 day: €20 / 70-TL.

(€ international/TL local rates).  Free for students, both international and local.

We gratefully acknowledge funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant no. 648810), and MIAM Centre for Advanced Studies in Music.

International conference for PhD students

International conference for PhD students

 “Musicology (in)action: Past musics, present practices, future prospects”

 Thessaloniki, 9 – 11 February 2018

 The Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia will host, under the auspices of the Hellenic Musicological Society, an international conference for PhD students entitled “Musicology (in)action: Past musics, present practices, future prospects” in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 9 to 11 of February 2018.

 

Call for papers

In recent years, musicology has tested its boundaries, objects of study, and, indeed, prospected future through the constant questioning of its subfields, themes, and methodological underpinnings. At the same time, this interrogative process has also been one of constant development of new, often interdisciplinary methodological approaches, frequently extending their grasp on new or hitherto neglected musical repertoires. It is this ambiguous state of conditions that the novice in the field of musicological research faces in her/his everyday effort to situate her/his own research within a constantly changing disciplinary environment. This conference aims to bring together fresh ideas of new researchers in an attempt to help them secure their position with respect to the ongoing discourse of musicology’s saga and with an eye to the future prospects of the field.

 

We welcome proposals of PhD students for 20-minute paper presentations or 40- to 80-minute panel presentations (of up to four participants), addressing a variety of old and new(er) research topics from the broad field of musicology (e.g. historical and cultural musicology, music theory and analysis, ethnomusicology and musical anthropology, music psychology, computational musicology, music philosophy and aesthetics). Proposals on topics that cross the strict intra- or inter-disciplinary boundaries of musicology are also welcomed.

Proposals and inquiries should be submitted to the following email address:

conf.phd.2018@gmail.com

 

Proposals for paper presentations should include:

– name of participant(s) and institutional affiliation(s)

– abstract (up to 300 words)

– brief CV (up to 100 words)

 

Proposals for panel presentations should include:

– name of participants and institutional affiliations

– general abstract of proposed panel presentation (up to 300 words)

– individual abstract of each participant’s presentation (up to 300 words)

– brief CV of each participant (up to 100 words)

 

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: 30 May 2017

NOTIFICATION OF APPROVAL: No later than 15 July 2017

PARTICIPATION FEE: PhD students: 50 euros, undergraduate and master’s students: 30 euros

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: English

For more information on the reviewing committee, the venue of the conference, etc. please visit the conference’s website (which is under construction):

http://conferences.lib.auth.gr/ICMDR/index/index

 

ACADEMIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

Chardas Konstantinos

Nika-Sampson Evanthia

Pastiadis Konstantinos

Vouvaris Petros

 

COORDINTAING COMMITTEE

Kalaitzidou Stamatia

Spanoudakis Dimosthenis

Toumanidou Katerina

Trouka Dimitra

Zlatkou Vasiliki

 

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Apostolou Andreas Foivos

Authentopoulou Despoina

Banteka Dimitra

Diminakis Nikos

Karamanidis Charalampos

Nikolaidis Nikos

Ntousiopoulou Antigoni

Ntovas Christos

Pouris Christos

Roumpi Antonia

Savvidou Charoula

Scarlatou Chrysa

Seglias Zisis

Sidiropoulou Christina

Sotiriadis Theophilos

Tasoudis Dimitris

Symposium on Music, Education and Social Inclusion

London, 20th-21st July 2017

A symposium is to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London on July 20th and 21st 2017 to launch the Music, Education and Social Inclusion Study Group under the auspices of the ICTM.

Founding members include musicians, senior scholars and academics from Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, North America and Asia, reflecting the multicultural nature of the collective.

Historically excluded groups such as women and girls, ethnic minorities, vulnerabilities including disabilities and other marginalities have been systematically un- or under-represented in education, reflecting wider socially discriminatory practices that in turn are perpetrated and transmitted within the school system, shaping society at large beyond schools and academic institutions.

The symposium will focus on exploring multifaceted educational practices in relation to a wider spectrum of broader issues and thinking, such as:
• Education and Representation
• Issues of Identity in Education
• Social inclusion and Education
• Education and International Development
• Ethnomusicology, Transmission Practices (teaching/learning) and Social Inclusion
Other topics that might sit well within the broader agenda are welcome and encouraged.

Papers should be 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of discussion and Q&A. Abstracts should be from 200 to 250 words in length and written in English; other languages might be considered on a case-by-case basis and only where the level of English is not sufficient to express concepts fully.
Alternative presentations – other than individual papers – are welcome and length can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Submissions in other forms (such as video) should be no longer than 5 minutes.

In order to make participation inclusive, and aware that traveling might not be an option for many who are interested in participating, a limited number of remote presentations through Skype will be considered, so applicants are encouraged to apply even in case they might not be able to attend in person.

Deadline for submission of proposals is 20th March 2017; please submit abstracts to Keith Howard (kh@soas.ac.uk) or Sara Selleri (Sara_Selleri@soas.ac.uk). Participants will be notified by the end of April 2017.