International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

‘Performing the Past, Sustaining the Future’: Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania, Guam (19-21) May 2016


The ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania will hold a symposium on the island of Guam in 2016. The meeting will coincide with the 22nd conference of the Pacific History Association (PHA) during 19-21 May, and it will directly precede the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts. The symposium theme of Performing the Past, Sustaining the Future aligns closely with that of the PHA: Mo'na: Our Pasts Before Us.  This joint meeting between the Study Group and the PHA will allow for engagement across disciplines and within a large gathering of international Pacific specialists. ICTM Study Group Members are encouraged to submit proposals that explore music and/or dance within Pacific pasts/presents/futures.            

A title and abstract of 150 words should be submitted using the abstract proposal form found on the PHA conference website ( and then emailed to both: and Brian Diettrich:  Papers should be 20 minutes in length and allow 10 minutes for discussion. A group of members interested in proposing a panel should include a separate title and abstract for the combined group.


In alignment with the PHA, rolling acceptance notifications will begin in September.

The Study Group symposium will take place over one day within the PHA conference period of 19-21 May 2016, with a later announcement of the specific date. Study Group members will be required to register for the PHA conference and pay the registration fee (amount TBA), and members will have access to all regular venues and sessions of the PHA conference, hosted by the University of Guam. Additional information on accommodation and transportation will be posted to the PHA website. As the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts will begin on 22 May, members may consider remaining on Guam for what promises to be an exciting and enriching celebration of Pacific arts.


ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania


 22nd Pacific History Association Conference

 12th Festival of Pacific Arts

 For additional information contact Brian Diettrich: