International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Mediterranean Music Studies (formerly Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures)


The Study Group was founded in 1992 by Tullia Magrini, during the conference "Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures" (Venice, 10-12 September 1992), organized by the ICTM Italian Committee with the support of the Fondazione Olga e Ugo Levi, Venezia. The Executive Board of the ICTM recognized the Study Group in 1993. The Study Group stated as its founding mission “to promote research and discussion about music considered as a human and social phenomenon, without distinction among oral, literate, and popular traditions. The Study Group fosters co-operation between ethnomusicologists, historical musicologists, and anthropologists”.

Under Tullia’s inspired leadership (1992–2005) the Study Group established a pattern of triennial meetings in Venice under the auspices of the Levi Foundation, which generously funded the travel and hospitality of the all-invited participants. In 1996 Tullia launched Music & Anthropology (M&A) — the Study Group’s multimedia peer-reviewed online journal — a pioneering concept in musical scholarship at the time. The website is no longer active but is accessible for reference.

The last meeting of the Study Group hosted by the Levi Foundation was held in 2007 and was dedicated to the memory of Tullia Magrini, who had passed two years earlier. Marcello Sorce Keller was entrusted with carrying the work of the Study Group forward as Chair, with Ruth Davis as Vice-Chair. Thus began a new era for the Study Group marked by new venues (in Malta, Portugal and Cambridge UK), new thematic directions, and expanded participation. The Study Group changed its name to Mediterranean Music Studies (MMS) to reflect its more diversified disciplinary orientation. As M&A ceased to operate, the online journal Mediterranean Music Studies (MMS) (2010–2014) was launched under Marcello Sorce Keller’s editorship.  

Following the 2014 Symposium in Cambridge, Marcello announced his intention to step down as Chair and Ruth Davis was elected to replace him, assisted by Study Group Secretary Cassandre Balosso-Bardin. In June 2016 the Study Group held its first joint symposium with the International Musicological Society in Naples on the theme “Musicians in the Mediterranean: Narratives of Movement”. Following the 2016 Symposium Alessandra Ciucci took up the role of Vice-chair, and Oded Erez joined as Secretary.


Ruth F, Davis (Chair)
Corpus Christi College
University of Cambridge
Cambridge CB2 1HR 

Alessandra Ciucci (Vice-chair)
Columbia Univeristy
Department of Music
621 Dodge Hall
2960 Briadway
New York, NY 10027

Oded Erez (Secretary)
The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sceinces
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
352 Mandel Building 
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 9190501

News and Final Programme, First Joint Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Mediterranean Music Studies and the International Musicological Society (June 2016)

ICTM Study Group ‘Mediterranean Music Studies

International Musicological Society

First joint symposium

"Musicians in the Mediterranean: Narratives of Movement"

21-26 June, 2016

Naples, Italy 

Universita degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”  

Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella

Archive: Information for 2010 meeting - ENCOUNTERS WITH MEDITERRANEAN MUSIC

Mediterranean Institute - University of Malta

International Music Pedagogy Workshops
27-30 June 2010

“Introduction to Ethnomusicology and 
Mediterranean Soundscapes”
Taught by Philip Ciantar, University of Malta

“Applied Ethnomusicology in the Classroom”
Taught by Elita Maule, Conservatorio di Musica di Bolzano

With contributions by Mariella Cassar, Education Officer for Music – Ministry of Education – Malta
and Marcello Sorce Keller, Chair Study Group

in conjunction with 

Archive: Progress Report August 2009

Progress Report

ICTM Study Group for the Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures

Archive: 8th Meeting of the Study Group

“Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures” 
Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta, 
July 1-4, 2010

Call for Papers

Conference Theme: Musical Translations across the Mediterranean

Translation is a way of thinking about how languages, people, and cultures are transformed as they move between different places. It can also be used more metaphorically, as a way of describing how the individual or the group can be transformed by changing their sense of their own place in society. (R.C.J. Young, Postcolonialism, 2003). 

Archive: Report - Meeting Venice 2004

Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures
6th Meeting of the Study Group on Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures
10th - 12th June 2004, Venice, Italy