International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Call for Papers: 8th Symposium of the ICTMD Study Group on Musics of East Asia (MEA)




Call for Papers: 8th Symposium of the

ICTMD Study Group on Musics of East Asia (MEA)

National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan 

Dates: 23-25 August 2024


We invite proposals for presentations in English on any aspect of music and dance related to East Asia. Students are very welcome to present. The symposium will be held entirely in person. There are no fixed themes for this symposium, but proposals should represent original research that has not previously been presented elsewhere. Participants should be paid-up members of ICTMD (formerly ICTM) by the time of the symposium.


1. Individual Presentation:

20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

 2. Organized panel: these may be in ONE of the following formats:

    - 120 minutes long, 4 presenters or 3 presenters and a discussant

    - 90 minutes long, 3 presenters

Organized panels should make time within the session for questions and comments from the audience. 

3. Roundtable: Up to 120 minutes long, entirely organized and run by a given Chair of the Roundtable, with discussion among the presenters and the audience. Individual presentations should be brief (maximum 10 minutes) to allow for active and in-depth discussion.

4. Workshop: informal, interactive hands-on session on one topic for a maximum of two hours, completely run by the workshop organizer.

5. Film/DVD: recently completed or in-progress films, video programs or excerpts thereof. Works-in progress can focus on highlights of the project with contextualization (30-minute presentation). Depending on the number and length of films, documentary films that do not exceed 50 minutes may be shown in their entirety.

6. Poster presentations. Poster presentations are offered particularly for participants who would like to get feedback on 'work in progress' that may not be ready for a full spoken paper presentation. Posters will be displayed onsite for the duration of the symposium. There will be a time slot during the symposium for informal discussions of poster presentations.


Please submit abstracts as Word or PDF files using the following criteria:

Proposals for individual presentations, workshops, film presentations and poster presentations should be 300 words maximum.

Organizers of panels/roundtables/workshops must submit a statement on the focus and central concern of the panel/ roundtable/workshop (200 words maximum), along with an abstract from each presenter on their presentation (each abstract is limited to 300 words). Please submit the abstracts as a single Word or pdf file containing all information on the session.

Abstract submissions not accepted as full presentations may be accepted as poster presentations. Please indicate if you are not willing to offer your presentation as a poster.

All proposals must be submitted in English. The language for presentations at the symposium is also English.

Deadline for proposal submissions: December 22, 2023

Submit abstracts to:

All proposals will undergo an anonymized peer review, and the decision on proposals will be announced in the second week of February 2024.


You should receive an email within 7 days of your submission. If you have failed to receive a response, please contact the Chair of the Program Committee, Matt Gillan:


Program Committee

Joys Cheung

Sheryl Chow

Huang Wan

Suzuki Seiko

Anna Yates-Lu

Matt Gillan