International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

18th Meeting of the ICTM Study Group on Folk Musical Instruments will be held in Stubicke toplice, Croatia 13 – 16 April, 2011

Dear members of the ICTM Study Group on Folk Musical Instruments,

The 18th Meeting of the ICTM Study Group on Folk Musical Instruments will be held in Stubicke toplice, Croatia, from 13 – 16 April 2011.

 Meeting place

Our meeting place is the little town Stubicke toplice, where we could find and convince the management of the hotel Matija Gubec with very helpful staff members, who will prepare a satisfactory arrangement for a properly equipped meeting room, catering and accommodation. For more information, please go to:


Stubicke toplice is situated 37 km in northern direction from Zagreb and can be reached by bus and train for approx. 8 Euro per person. Zagreb is connected with the world by an international airport and a main train station.

Accommodation costs per person per night including all meals will probably not exceed 40 Euro. Accommodation with breakfast only will be available for approx. 28 Euro per person per night. The hotel is equipped with recreation facilities, which are free for hotel guests (see website).

Registration fee will not exceed 75 Euro per person. It includes room rent, technical support, tea breaks, an excursion and performance, and printed material.

Detailed information and a registration form will be sent to all Study Group members latest 1st of November 2010.

On behalf of those Study Group Members who cannot afford the whole costs of their attendance, we propose to organise a voluntary collection among the members, who will get an official confirmation about their support fee. Details will be available with the mentioned registration form.



Members of the programme committee are:

Rinko Fujita
Dr.phil. Rinko Fujita
Nußwaldgasse 18
A-1190 Wien
tel/fax: +43 1/879 6365

Gisa Jaehnichen
Prof. Dr. Gisa Jaehnichen
Music Department – Faculty of Human Ecology
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor
Tel +603-8946-7127

Rembrandt Wolpert
Prof. Dr. Rembrandt Wolpert
Department of History
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
Old Main
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701


Irena Miholic
Dr. sc. Irena Miholić
Institut za etnologiju i folkloristiku
Šubićeva 42
HR - 10000 Zagreb
tel: + 385 (0)1 45 96 700
fax: + 385 (0)1 45 96 709
Privat: + 385 (0)91 25 14 296,

Who is also the local organiser of the meeting.



1) Instrumental Melodies and Voice Construction

Musicians play melodies on their instruments, which are distinct from song melodies, although they are often related to them. Besides supporting sung melodies or imitating songs and human voice, they can be used in various contexts as construction tools for unique local, ethnic, social and/or gender identities and sound settings through their special features. Thus instrumental melodies are under this aspect constructed voices, which can rarely be replaced without destroying a certain cultural meaning. Papers focusing on this topic can include all types of musical instruments, especially chordophones and aerophones, which are producing melodies in culturally different appearances. The topic emphasises melody and voice as two categories that were once basic parts of ethnomusicological research, and which were later on often questioned through a critical review of methodologies. This modified approach from the perspective of musical instruments should open a new discussion and a way to improve research outcomes using advanced analytical technology and modern insights into cultural studies.


2) “Rural” Musical Instruments in the 21st Century

This topic covers a wide range of studies on musical instruments that are labelled as “rural” in their current social, ethnic, and technological setting. Furthermore, papers should be especially dedicated to local studies of the region, where the meeting takes place (Croatia, Balkan, Mediterranean cultures).


3) New Research

Currently running projects, new findings of research carried out individually and first outcomes of studies in ‘virgin’ fields can be presented here.

Please, consider that we hope to publish all proposed papers for their uniqueness and their quality. Therefore, we kindly advise you to submit only proposals of papers, which were not yet published.


Formats of presentation


  • Individual papers of 20 Minutes in length followed by 10 Minutes discussion
  • Workshops, especially for the second topic are warmly welcome. Emphasising practical demonstration or exercises, they should be of 50 Minutes in length, followed by 10 Minutes additional questions and answers.
  • Film sessions, which include an introduction and discussion after presentation. The duration can vary according to the length of the film (which should not exceed 60 Minutes).
  • Poster presentations, which show in a compact design (poster) the outcomes of a study in the field of modern organology and connected areas.


Herewith we call for papers, of which an abstract of not more than 300 words should be sent via email to any member of the programme committee. If you wish to add another urgent topic, let us know. Please, indicate which kind of technical support you may need.

The definite deadline for submissions will be the 30th of September 2010. Early submissions are highly appreciated.

You will get your confirmation until 1st of November, thus you will have enough time to organise your trip and eventually some funding. Please, do not hesitate in case of any questions or suggestions to contact the local organiser or any member of the programme committee.


Warmest regards,

Gisa Jaehnichen and Irena Miholic







Prof. Dr. Gisa Jaehnichen




Comparative Musicology - Audiovisual Media



Music Department



Faculty of Human Ecology



Universiti Putra Malaysia



UPM Serdang, Selangor






Poscode 43400



Tel  +603-8946-7127








Mühsamstr. 64



D-10249 Berlin






Tel +49 (0)30 4292829