International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities

Welcome to the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities


Photo taken during the Study Group Symposium in Vienna, July 2018 (© IVE-Yoder)

Mission Statement

For the purpose of this Study Group, the term minority means communities, groups and/or individuals, including indigenous, migrant and other vulnerable groups that are at higher risk of discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, race, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation, disability, political opinion, social or economic deprivation.
The Study Group focuses on music and minorities by means of research, documentation and interdisciplinary study. It serves as a forum for cooperation among scholars through meetings, publications and correspondence.

(Note: The previous definition has been replaced by this working definition adopted at the Study Group's Business Meeting in Vienna on 27 July 2018. It is a subject of ongoing discussion within the Study Group)

Executive members Svanibor Pettan (chair), Adelaida Reyes (vice-chair), Hande Sağlam (secretary)

Svanibor Pettan

University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Arts - Dept. of Musicology

Aškerčeva 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia


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HOT! Music and Minorities from Around the World: Research, Documentation and Interdisciplinary Study

Edited by Ursula Hemetek, Essica Marks, Adelaida Reyes
Hardback, 218 pages, 43 images and music examples
Date of Publication: 01/11/2014
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Price: £47.99 
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Music and Minorities in Ethnomusicology: Challenges and Discourses from Three Continents (klanglese 7) 

Edited by Ursula Hemetek
ISBN 978-3-902153-06-7
Wien: Institut für Volksmusikforschung und Ethnomusikologie 2012
131 pages, internet publication

Voices of the Weak: Music and Minorities. 

Edited by Zuzana Jurková and Lee Bidgood
ISBN 978-80-254-4095-7
Praha: Slovo21 + Faculty of Humanities of Charles University Prague, 2009
250 pages, accompanying CD.

The Human World and Musical Diversity: Proceedings from the Fourth Meeting of the ICTM Study Group “Music and Minorities” in Varna, Bulgaria 2006

Edited by Rosemary Statelova, Angela Rodel, Lozanka Peycheva, Ivanka Vlaeva and Ventsislav Dimov
ISBN 978-954-8594-11-0
Sofija: Institute of Art Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2008
407 pages

Shared Musics and Minority Identities: Papers from the Third Meeting of the “Music and Minorities” Study Group of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM)

Edited by Naila Ceribašić and Erica Haskell
ISBN 953-6020-32-7
Zagreb – Roč: Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research – Cultural-Artistic Society “Istarski željezničar”, 2006, xxvi +
372 pages

Manifold Identities. Studies of Music and Minorities

Edited by Ursula Hemetek, Gerda Lechleitner, Inna Naroditskaya and Anna Czekanowska.
ISBN 190-4303-37-4
Cambridge Scholars Press, London 2004
353 pages, CD included


Edited by Svanibor Pettan, Adelaida Reyes and Maša Komavec
ISBN 961-6358-47-2
Ljubljana: ZRC Publishing and Institute of Ethnomusicology SRC SASA, 2001
331 pages

Past Symposiums

The 10th (Joint) Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities & Music and Gender, Vienna, Austria, July 23-30, 2018


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The 9th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities, Rennes, France, July 4–8, 2016


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The 8th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities, Osaka, Japan, July 19–23, 2014


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The 7th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities, Zefat, Israel, August 7–12, 2012

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The 6th Symposium of the Study Group on Music and Minorities & 2nd Symposium of the Study Group on Applied Ethnomusicology, Hanoi, Vietnam, July 19-30, 2010

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