International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Sources and Archives for Music and Sound Studies

The Study Group on Sources and Archives for Music and Sound Studies [mus.a] is dedicated to discussing music, sound and dance sources. It focuses on any kind of source, both digital and non-digital (e.g. audio and visual recordings, manuscripts, edited texts, images, musical scores, iconography, films, etc.) and seeks to stimulate transdisciplinary debates on those sources within archival conditions.

The aim is to examine the diverse ways of generating, archiving, classifying, analyzing and editing historical sources concerning music, sound and dance practices. In other words, the Study Group encourages the development of an epistemology of the sources. The following examples are welcome topics: theoretical and ideological frameworks; institutional politics; academic and non-academic archiving processes; the history of archiving; archive as an agent of social transformation; social memory and politics of patrimonialization; tangible and intangible heritage; postcolonial and decolonial approaches; power relationships; aesthetic legacies; legal and access policies; archiving and gender perspectives; technologies of archiving; work routines in archiving; digital humanities; amongst others.     


Co-Chairs: Gerda Lechleitner & Miguel A.García

Secretary: Susana Sardo


Co-Chair: Gerda Lechleitner
Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Liebiggasse 5
1010 Vienna


Co-Chair: Miguel A. García
University of Buenos Aires
National Scientific and Technical Research Council



Secretary: Susana Sardo
Universidade de Aveiro / INET-md


Campus de Santiago
3810 193 Aveiro

Circular Letter

Study Group on Historical Sources

Chair: Dr. Susanne Ziegler & Prof. Björn Aksdal

Berlin, March 2003

Dear Colleagues,

We hope that all of you had a good start into 2003 and are aware of submitting your Münster papers in time (deadline March 31st). While still working on the publications of the last conferences, we are already preparing the next STGR meeting.

Thanks to the efforts of Prof. Gerd Grupe at the Institut for Ethnomusicology, University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz (Austria), the next meeting of our Study Group will take place