International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

2009 - JOINT CALL FOR PAPERS Vietnamese Institute for Musicology, Hanoi, 19-30 July 2010


The 6th symposium of the ICTM Study Group 
Music and Minorities
The 2nd symposium of the ICTM Study Group
Applied Ethnomusicology

Vietnamese Institute for Musicology
Hanoi, 19-30 July 2010

Perhaps for the first time in the history of the International Council for Traditional Music, two study groups are joining forces in organizing their respective symposia. This scholarly event will be hosted in Hanoi, Vietnam, by the Vietnamese Institute for Musicology (VIM) and its director Dr. Le Van Toan, who also will chair the local organizing committee. At VIM, the Study Group on Music and Minorities will meet from 19-24 July. The Study Group on Applied Ethnomusicology will meet from 27-30 July. A joint session is planned on the World Heritage site Halong Bay for 25-26 July 2010.

Each symposium will feature three main themes and have its own program committee. Scholars are invited to send proposals for one of the symposia and are offered the opportunity to attend both, thereby contributing to the success of the whole event. Contributions are especially welcome from the Asia-Pacific region, and on the overarching themes of ethnomusicological practices of community engagement, dialogue, advocacy and sustainability.

Music and Minorities

1. Music and minorities in education 
Education is widely recognized as a key tool in society building processes. This theme refers to both formal and informal education, past and present, in relation to the performing arts of minority populations. What are the experiences and potentials of educational dialogues between majorities and minorities, in various socio-cultural contexts? 

2. “Other minorities”: challenges and discourses 
Broad definition of minorities within the study group, well-reflected in papers presented within the first decade of its existence, encompasses “groups of people distinguishable from the dominant group for cultural, ethnic, social, religious, or economic reasons.” This theme’s intention is to point to specific challenges and discourses that link music and minorities that are defined on the basis of gender, age, and health status. 

3. The role of music in sustaining minority communities
Case studies from around the world have demonstrated that music and other performing arts can help to maintain minority cultures. How may the complex notion of “sustainability” be applied to the study of music and minorities? 

Applied Ethnomusicology

1. History and the workings of applied ethnomusicology
This theme invites contributions on definitions and approaches to applied work stemming from ethnomusicological research, the characteristics of applied ethnomusicology (including those that predate the term), ethics, and the selection and training of applied ethnomusicologists.

2. Performing arts and ecology
This theme is meant to provoke broad explorations of the proactive roles that ethnomusicology can play in contributing to the sustainability of performing arts and musical cultures: through archiving, disseminating, contributing to policies, understanding socio-economic factors, developing audiences and markets, and empowering communities to forge their own futures. 

3. Performing arts in dialogue, advocacy, and education
This theme includes the use of performing arts in building peace, negotiating power relationships, strengthening identities, and recontextualising music, dance and other performing arts through formal and informal education. Non-ethnic minorities of gender, age, and health status will receive detailed consideration.

The Vietnamese Institute for Musicology (VIM) is part of the Hanoi National Academy of Music, and is housed in a brand new and very spacious, five-storey facility in the My Dinh Urban Area. My Dinh is about 10 km away from the vibrant Hoan Kiem city centre of Hanoi. VIM houses an archive, a large recording studio, and a concert hall (under construction) with 300 seats. There are ample meeting and lecture demonstration rooms for up to 100 people, as well as break out rooms for smaller discussions. 
For accommodation, there are two options. For delegates, it is most attractive to reside in the vibrant city centre, around Hoan Kiem Lake. There are many hotels, shops and restaurants in this area. Hotels are reasonably priced ($20-50 USD per night). A drawback of this option is that delegates will need to be bussed to the conference venue (30-40 minutes after rush hour ends at 9 am). An alternative is accommodation at walking distance (or a five minute taxi ride) from VIM, in a new, faux-French residential development that lacks much of the atmosphere of central Hanoi.

The program committee for Music and Minorities consists of Ursula Hemetek, Chair (Austria), Svanibor Pettan, Vice Chair (Slovenia), Adelaida Reyes, Secretary (USA), Le Van Toan (Vietnam), Larry Francis Hilarian (Singapore), and Kjell Skyllstad (Norway).

The program committee for Applied Ethnomusicology consists of Svanibor Pettan, Chair (Slovenia), Klisala Harrison, Vice Chair (Canada), Eric Usner, Secretary (USA), Tran Quang Hai (France), Tan Sooi Beng (Malaysia), and Huib Schippers (Australia).

We invite proposals for presentations in four basic formats, not excluding others. These are: individual papers, organized sessions, lecture demonstrations, and films.

Please submit an abstract of 250 words maximum and a short CV (in English language) to (Music and Minorities) or (Applied Ethnomusicology) by 10 November 2009, in order to enable peer review by 15 December 2009.