International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

11th symposium: Call for papers

Images of Music-Making and Cultural Exchange
between the East and the West

China Conservatory of Music / 中国音乐学院, Beijing

26–31 October 2012

Besides notated compositions, preserved instruments, and writings on music, images can furnish an abundance of information important to music history. The symposium Images of Music Making and Cultural Interchanges between the East and the West will provide scholars of music iconography with a forum to present their views on exchanges of cultural and musical influences. For the Chinese scholars, this will be an opportunity to get acquainted in more detail with the Western visual sources, as well as the research methodologies and techniques facilitated by the Western scholars which are often significantly different from the Chinese models. For the Western scholars, on the other hand, the symposium will bring into focus the richness of Chinese iconographic sources, their significance in the music history of Asia, and methods of research facilitated within Chinese academia.

Proposals for papers on the following topics are invited:

  • Music culture of China and other Asian countries reflected in visual sources
  • Instruments of the East and West and their symbolism reflected in visual arts
  • Scenography and iconography of music theater (traditional Chinese/Asian forms, Western opera and music theater)
  • Iconography of dance
  • European visions of Chinese music: From Marco Polo to rococo chinoiserie and beyond
  • Visual packaging and promotion of popular music in Asia
  • Methods of research in music iconography
  • Papers on other topics related to music iconography will be considered

Abstracts of 200-300 words may be submitted in the English language
before 1 February 2012 to:

Zdravko Blažeković
Research Center for Music Iconography
City University of New York
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309

刘勇 / Liu Yong
China Conservatory of Music
No.1 Anxiang Road
Chaoyang District

The China Conservatory of Music, founded in 1964, combines music research and the performance of Chinese traditional music. It offers degrees in musicology, composition, performance on Chinese instruments, piano, vocal music, and opera, music education, conducting, and arts administration. The conservatory has some seventy professors and eleven researchers.

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