International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO



The 4th symposium of the ICTM Study Group

Applied Ethnomusicology


East London – Hogsback – Grahamstown, South Africa

June 30 – July 4, 2014



The International Council for Traditional Music’s Study Group on Applied Ethnomusicology welcomes proposals for its 4th symposium, which will be hosted by Prof. Dr. Bernhard Bleibinger of the University of Fort Hare Music Department on South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The conference (see also overview with exact dates below) will begin at the University of Fort Hare’s campus in the seaside city of East London, and in the brand-new Miriam Makeba Centre of Performing Arts, which houses the Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre ( After a brief tour to the National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre in Alice, the symposium will continue in Hogsback village amidst the beautiful Amathole Mountains at the university’s conference facility Hunterstoun Centre ( The final day of the symposium features a tour in Grahamstown of the International Library of African Music at Rhodes University ( and African Music Instruments (, maker of African instruments. Delegates will have the opportunity either to return by shuttle to Hogsback and then East London, or to remain by their own arrangement in Grahamstown for the National Arts Festival ( Shuttles between the different conference venues (see symposium schedule below) will be provided gratis by the Local Arrangements Committee.



Symposium themes

For all themes, papers are invited from people who undertake reflexive applied research on music and dance processes. This includes ethnomusicologists as well as scholars and practitioners from other disciplines.

1) Applied ethnomusicology and institutions

Many activities of people doing applied work are influenced by, directed towards or occurring within institutions. Institutions may be defined robustly, as formal and informal rules, procedures and norms and as socially constructed and shared schemas that are cognitive and interpretive, or, more specifically, as formal organizations.

Papers are welcomed on the relationship of applications of musical expressions to all sorts of institutions. Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to, musical applications in relation to regulative bodies, such as legal systems; and the relationship of applications of musical expressions to formal organizations. Other examples of topics and questions are the role of applied work in schools, including in intercultural encounters, and the role of music in cultural economies, for instance involving festivals and folklorization processes, as means of institutional influence or control. Which legal implications and ethics are faced by people doing applied work? What is the role of frameworks of regional, national and international institutions (e.g., UNESCO), and “frameworking” or the setting up of broader contexts for acting, policy making and dealing with governments? What can ethnomusicologists do in terms of establishing institutional infrastructures and institutionalization?

Proposals are also welcomed on the meaning of institutionalization and instituting in relation to applied ethnomusicology. This may not be tied to conventional views of “institution.” Papers might also contest bringing musical interventions into such a framework at all. Is institutionalization necessary?

2) Music and media

This theme addresses the rich variety of music and media relationships in applied work. What is the role of modern mass media? How are engaged artists doing applied work making use of modern media featuring music and other contemporary arts? What is the state of applied work in “video ethnomusicology”—making videos, and analyzing videos as well as any issues beyond video production (e.g., legal issues)? What are the social, political and cultural impacts of mass media involved in applied work? Who and what is controlling such impacts, media and applications? Is it governmental or economic forces? Where can ethnomusicologists make interventions? What are the problematic issues of such cultural production? Papers also can address the participation in media work of the advisor or critic, and the collaboration of ethnomusicologists with music groups, communities and academic units in order to produce media, among other relevant topics.

3) New work in applied ethnomusicology

This theme welcomes new work in applied ethnomusicology, on all topics, and new applied research on music and dance. Presentations can address new approaches, challenges and works in progress. Possible topics are engagements with extra-academic communities/social groups, and challenges in the dialogues between academic and extra-academic subjects.



The Program Committee consists of Klisala Harrison, Chair (Finland), Britta Sweers (Switzerland), Anthony Seeger (USA), Diane Thram (South Africa), Samuel Araújo (Brazil) and Bernhard Bleibinger (South Africa).

We invite proposals for presentations in four basic formats, not excluding others. These are: individual papers, organized sessions, lecture demonstrations, and films.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words maximum to by December 1, 2013, in order to enable peer review by year’s end.

Proposals for organized sessions should include an abstract for the session as well as an abstract for each individual paper.


Local arrangements

The Local Arrangements Committee consists of Bernhard Bleibinger, Chair, Germaine Gamiet, David Manchip, Zoliswa Twani, Jonathan Ncozana, Gwyneth Lloyd, Mkululi Milisi and Lotta Matambo.

  • Delegates need to plan for East London Airport (ELS) to be their final arrival and departure destination
  • Phone numbers to specifically selected shuttle services will be supplied for delegates to contact for travel from the airport to hotels and conference venues (please note the costs of the shuttles will be at individual expense)
  • Shuttle costs from the airport are approximately R130 per trip
  • Travel from East London to Hogsback via Alice, between Hogsback and Grahamstown, and back to East London will be provided by the Local Arrangements Committee. However, should you decided to remain in Grahamstown or undertake personal travel outside of the study group schedule you will need to make your own travel arrangements, at your own expense.
  • Several car rental companies do operate at the East London Airport should you wish to book your own vehicle.


  • 1 Euro equals 13.70 South African Rand
  • 1 US Dollar equals 10.19 South African Rand


Symposium schedule and tours

Monday 30 June: Symposium Day 1 – East London
Symposium opening
Papers and presentations

Tuesday 1 July: Symposium Day 2 – East London
Papers and presentations

Wednesday 2 July: Symposium Day 3
Shuttle itinerary: East London – Alice – Hogsback (140 km)
Tour of the National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre at the University of Fort Hare Alice Campus, and a free afternoon to explore Hogsback

Thursday 3 July: Symposium Day 4 – Hogsback
Papers and presentations

Friday 4 July: Symposium Day 5
Shuttle itinerary: Hogsback – Grahamstown – Hogsback (280 km return trip)
Visit to the International Library of African Music, to African Music Instruments, and time to explore the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown
Symposium closing

Saturday 5 July: shuttle from Hogsback to East London for departure flights



Symposium accommodation schedule
East London: nights of Sunday 29 June, Monday 30 June, Tuesday 1 July
Hogsback: nights of Wednesday 2 July, Thursday 3 July, Friday 4 July

The entities listed below have been identified as conference accommodation options. You are responsible for securing your accommodation for the symposium. The rates below are options presented below are per person, per night and inclusive of breakfast:

Accommodation recommendations in East London

All three of the above accommodation options are at one intersection (in walking distance from each other), and some offer room sharing options.

Accommodation recommendations in Hogsback