International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Fourth symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe, 23–30 September 2014, Belgrade, Serbia



We are pleased to announce the Fourth Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe and invite proposals to be submitted by 1 November 2013. Please note that in accordance with our aims and objectives as an ICTM Study Group, this biennial event is not a general conference but a Study Group meeting dedicated to three selected themes which will form the focus of our presentations and discussions.

Place and time

Belgrade and Petnica Science Center, Valjevo.

  • Arrival date – 23 September 2014
  • Departure date – 30 September 2014

This call for papers can be downloaded from here


1. Improvisation in music and dance of Southeastern Europe

Ethnomusicologists and ethnochoreologists have long considered the importance of improvisation and/or variability in traditional music and dance. What values do contemporary actors attach to improvisation in Southeastern Europe? Do such values differ in terms of ethnicity, class, gender, age and/or other dimensions of social identification? What is the relationship between (the craft of) improvisation, a personal version and (the art of) pre-composition? What kind of music and dance material is used as a point of departure or inspiration for improvising, and how is it treated? What is the place of virtuosity in local taxonomies of improvisation? What kind of training is characteristic for distinguished improvisers, and generally, what is the place of improvisation in the process of learning within a given music and dance tradition? What kind of approaches can be employed in analyzing improvisation?

2. Professionalization of music and dance in Southeastern Europe

“Balkan beats”, folk song and dance ensembles, networks of performing venues, certified education, a variety of experts and institutions at national and international levels – these are just some of the phenomena that testify to the growing professionalization of traditional music and dance in Southeastern Europe. Symposium participants are invited to address in particular economic aspects of professionalization (payment and other forms of compensation), professionalized transmission of knowledge (formalization, standardization, specialization, etc.), and professionalized dissemination and promotion of the knowledge in society. What factors are being used to distinguish professionals from non-professionals in this new era?

3. Inter/postdisciplinarity in ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology

How do ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology correspond to the new, post-disciplinary alliances of today’s academia? In order to incite a debate on the boundaries between ethnomusicology/ethnochoreology and other humanities and social sciences, the following topics are proposed: 1) The development of new fieldwork approaches and the emergence of new sites for ethnography that challenge traditional disciplinary parochialism; 2) The emergence of meta-discourses formulated within ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology that extend to wider scholarship, and vice versa, the domestication of important theoretical trends formulated elsewhere (e.g. identity politics, semiotics, biopolitics and the body, post-colonialism); 3) The history of ideas in ethnomusicology/ethnochoreology, especially in regard to the relationship between local schools of thought and globally dominant trends; 4) The remodelling of ethnomusicology/ethnochoreology in the direction of a thrilling post-disciplinarity rather than a coherent “disciplined discipline”. What contributions do Southeastern European studies of music and dance make to such disciplinary perspectives?

We welcome proposals for individual presentations, panels and round tables that address one or more of these questions and other related issues that arise directly from the themes. They are to be sent by email before November 1, 2013.


English is the official language of the symposium, and only papers to be delivered in English can be accepted. Proposals must be submitted in English.


Please send your proposal by email. The text should be pasted into the body of the email and also sent as a Word.doc or Rich Text Format (RTF) attachment to ensure access. The proposal should include:

  • Name of person submitting:
  • Institutional affiliation:
  • Mailing address:
  • Phone/fax number:
  • Email address:
  • Are you a current member of the ICTM? Only abstracts from members will be considered.
  • Type of presentation (individual, media, panel, round table):
  • Title:
  • Technical equipment required (PC or Mac, slide projector, audio, other visual or spatial requirements, other technical requirements)

ABSTRACT TEXT (no more than 300 words)

Please label all communications clearly with your full contact details. It is expected that all individual presentations and panels will present new insights. Proposals for presentations that were previously given or have appeared in print, or in other formats, will be rejected.


The Program Committee reserves the right to accept those proposals that, in their opinion, fit best into the scheme of the symposium, and that can be accommodated within the time frame of the symposium.


  1. Naila Ceribasic – Chair, Croatia
  2. Sonia Tamar Seeman, USA
  3. Anca Giurchescu, Denmark/Romania
  4. Belma Kurtisoglu, Turkey
  5. Mirjana Zakic, Serbia
  6. Velika Stojkova Serafimovska, Macedonia


Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia

Local Organizer Committee:

  1. Selena Rakočevic – Chair, email:
  2. Iva Nenić 
  3. Zdravko Ranisavljević
  4. Ana Živčić
  5. Nada Jeftenić


Proposals should be sent by email to both:

Liz Melish, secretary of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southestern Europe

Naila Ceribasic – Chair of the Program Committee

The committee cannot consider proposals received after the deadline of November 1, 2013. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be announced by January 31, 2014. If you have a deadline for funding applications for travel, accommodation, and so on, please notify the Program Committee of your deadline date.


Please note that the Program Committee will only consider proposals by current members of the ICTM in good standing for 2013. Please contact the Chair, Velika Stojkova Serafimovska ( and/or the Secretary, Liz Mellish ( for membership of the Study Group. Members may join and submit a proposal at the same time. Membership application forms are available at the ICTM website. For membership questions, contact the ICTM Secretariat at


You may present only once during the symposium. Please clearly indicate your preferred format. If members have any questions about the program, or the suitability of a proposal, please contact the Program Chair or a member of the Program Committee and ask for assistance. Colleagues are advised to bring alternative modes of presentation delivery if using PowerPoint, DVD, or other format in case of unexpected technical difficulties on the day of presentation.

Individual Presentations

The Program Committee will organize individual proposals that have been accepted into one and a half hour panel sessions. Each presentation will be allotted 20 minutes inclusive of all illustrations, audio-visual media or movement examples, plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion. There will be no deviation allowed from this time allotment. A 20-minute paper is normally around 5 pages of double spaced type. Please submit a one page abstract (about 300 words) outlining the content, argument and conclusion, its relation to the symposium theme you have chosen to address, plus a brief bibliography and/or statement of sources, if appropriate, on a second page. Please include the type of illustrations to be used in the presentation, such as slides, DVD, video (including format), or other materials.  

Media Presentations

Media presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in duration. You will be allotted 10 minutes extra for questions. Your presentation should engage critically with the media (video, CD, DVD, and so on) and key material for viewing should be pre-selected. It is essential that your presentation address one of the three themes. Please submit a one page abstract (about 300 words) outlining content, argument and conclusion, the relevance of the media presentation to the selected theme, plus a brief bibliography and/or other sources.


We encourage presentations in the form of panel sessions. Panel sessions are a group of papers that are entirely planned, coordinated, and prepared by a group of people, one of whom is the responsible coordinator. Proposals may be submitted for panels consisting of three or four presenters and the structure is at the discretion of the coordinator. The proposal must explain the overall purpose, the role of the individual participants, and indicate the commitment of all participants to attend the symposium. Each panel proposal will be accepted or rejected as a whole. Submit a short summary (one-page) of the panel overview, and an individual paper proposal, as described under Individual Papers above, for each presenter. All of the proposals for a panel should be sent together. Proposals should address one or more aspects of the established themes of this meeting. Total length of a panel will be one hour (with an additional 20 minutes for comments and responses).


We also encourage presentations in the form of roundtables. These are sessions that are entirely planned, coordinated, and prepared by a group of people, one of whom is the responsible coordinator. The aim is to generate discussion between members of the roundtable who present questions, issues, and/or material for about 5 minutes on the pre-selected unifying theme of the roundtable. The following discussion, at the convener’s discretion, may open into more general discussion with the audience. The total length of a roundtable will be one and a half hours inclusive of all discussion.

Proposals may be submitted for a roundtable consisting of up to 10 presenters, and the structure is at the discretion of the convener who will chair the event. The proposal must explain the overall purpose, the role of the individual participants, and signal the commitment of all participants to attend the symposium. Each roundtable proposal will be accepted or rejected as a whole.