International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

14th symposium

Images of Music-Making and Its Trans-Cultural Exchanges
Xi’an Conservatory of Music (西安音乐学)
Xi’an, 27–31 October 2016


Besides notated compositions, preserved instruments, and writings on music, images can also furnish an abundance of information important for music history. The conference 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 conference 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 and their symbolism represented in visual sources
  • Scenography and iconography of music theater (traditional Chinese/Asian theater forms, Western opera and music theater)
  • Iconography of dance
  • European visions of Chinese and other Asian musics
  • Methods of research in music iconography
  • Papers on other topics related to music iconography will be considered

 English is preferred language for the conference presentations.

 Abstracts of 200–300 words may be submitted before 15 March 2016 to:


Zdravko Blažeković

Research Center for Music Iconography

The City University of New York

The  Graduate Center

365 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10016-4309

杨婷婷 / Yang Tingting

Research Center for Northwestern Ethnic Music

Xi’an Conservatory of Music

No. 108, Chang’an Mid Road

Xi’an, Shaanxi Province 710061

Timing of the symposium is coordinated with the dates of the 10th symposium of the International Study Group for Music Archaeology, which will be held at the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan, 21-25 October 2016.