International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

11th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities Uppsala, Sweden, 25 – 29 October 2021



11th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities

Uppsala, Sweden, 25 – 29 October 2021

Symposium Address:
Institutet för Språk och Folkminnen
(Institute for Language and Folklore)
Von Kraemers allé 21, Uppsala
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Svenskt visarkiv (Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research) will be the primary institution organizing the symposium. Founded in Stockholm in 1951, Svenskt visarkiv, is a public institution involved in collecting, preserving, researching and publishing in the fields of instrumental and vocal traditional music as well as older popular songs and Swedish jazz. Svenskt visarkiv is one of five institutions forming Musikverket (the Swedish Performing Arts Agency).

The three collaborating institutions, all based in Uppsala, will be The Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy for Swedish Folk Culture, Institutet  för  språk  och  folkminnen, ISOF (Institute for Language and Folklore) and the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at Uppsala University. Institutet för språk och folkminnen is a governmental agency researching folk traditions and minority languages in Sweden whereas the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology specializes in understanding new ethnicities, modes of urbanism and multiculturalism.

The symposium will be held at Uppsala Arkivcentrum (the Institute for Language and Folklore), von Kraemers allé 21, 752 37 Uppsala, Sweden.


(Time Zone: CEST)

The symposium will be live streamed for non-participants:


Monday 25 October

9:00 – 10:30    Registration and coffee

Symposium Address:

Institutet för Språk och Folkminnen
(Institute for Language and Folklore)
Von Kraemers allé 21, Uppsala


10:30 Opening Ceremony

Sverker Hyltén-Cavallius Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee

Svanibor Pettan Study Group Chair and Chair of the Program Committee

Emma Rung State Secretary at the Swedish Ministry of Culture

Martin Sundin General Director Institute for Language and Folklore

Dan Lundberg General Director Swedish Performing Arts Agency

Charlotte Hyltén-Cavallius Hosting Manager


11:00 – 12:00 Music of minorities as national cultural heritage

Chair: Svanibor Pettan

Krister Malm From outcast to national instrument – the elevation of the steel pan

Gretel Schwörer The bronze drum of the Zhuang people as national cultural heritage of China


12:00 – 13:30 Lunch


13:30 – 15:30 New research (digital)

Chair: Sverker Hyltén-Cavallius

Jakub Kopaniecki Music of rebellion during the 10th Wrocław Equality March

Johannes Brusila The digitalization of musical pathways among the Swedish-speaking Finns: Amateur music-making, technology, practices and norms

Nico Mangifesta Is it possible to perform gamelan music wearing a hijab during odalan or Christian ceremonies in contemporary Bali?

Bożena Muszkalska Music as an expression of virtual Jewishness in contemporary Poland


15:30 – 16:00 Fika


16:00 – 16:55 Theoretical and methodological considerations (digital)

Ursula Hemetek, Marko Kölbl On definitions and guiding principles in ethnomusicological minority research (inspired by Adelaida Reyes)


17:05 – 18:00 Memorial session for Adelaida Reyes (1930-2021)

Svanibor Pettan


We will walk to the reception together after the memorial session.

18:30 Welcome reception by invitation of the governor at Uppsala Castle


Tuesday 26 October

8:30 – 10:00 Music of minorities as national cultural heritage (digital)

Chair: Dan Lundberg

Valeriya Nedlina Traditional Music of Kazakhs: National, Local or Tribal?

Zuzana Jurková “Through music we were kept alive.” Social dynamics in minority – majority rememberings

Ieva Tihovska Minorities in the frame of the state: Organization and categorization of musical performances


10:00 – 10:30 Fika


10:30 – 12:30 Panel: Music of minorities as national cultural heritage

Politics of representations: Minority music, affect and resistance (digital)

Organizers and chairs: Alenka Bartulović and Alma Bejtullahu

Fulvia Caruso Past and present minorities in Italian policies. An overview and some thorough examination of musical displays

Yuiko Asaba A ‘minority’ dance-music?: The institutionalisation of tango in post-war Japan

Thea Tiramani “What is our music?”: colonialism, nationalism and generational conflicts in contemporary Sikh kirtan in the diaspora

Alma Bejtullahu “We need a presentable Albanian music in diaspora”: Rethinking/rebuffing transnational music

Alenka Bartulović Musical tensions: Affective renegotiation of sevdalinka in post-Yugoslav Slovenia


12:30 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 16:00 New research / Theoretical and methodological considerations (digital)

Chair: Oscar Pripp

Essica Marks Cultural identity and Byzantine chant in a small choir of a Greek orthodox church

Kai Viljami Åberg The Finnish Romani music – A Product or process?

Xinjie Chen Returning to the cultural roots: Multimodal presentations of Sápmi in Sámi music CD productions in the 2000s

Francesca Cassio Challenging Colonial Universalism: Towards a Decolonization and De-nationalization of the Sikh Musical Heritage


16:00 – 16:30 Fika


16:30 – 17:00 Joik as a Unesco Memory of the World

Dan Lundberg


Wednesday 27 October

On Wednesday there will be a possibility to get acquainted with Swedish traditional music. We will visit the Erik Sahlströms Institute, where we will have a chance to learn more about the nyckelharpa, or keyed fiddle, and get the opportunity to attend a live concert. Lunch will be included into the excursion.

Departure from Uppsala at 9:00

10.00-10.30 Arrival at the Eric Sahlström Institute, Tobo.

10.30-12.00 Presentation of the institute and the keyed fiddle

12.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30 – departure for Esbjörn Hogmark’s keyed fiddle workshop

14.00- 15.30 Esbjörn demonstrates workshop and keyed fiddle building

16.00 Short concert at the Institute.

16.45 Departure for Uppsala.

We expect to be back in Uppsala at 18.00


Thursday 28 October

8:30 – 9:30 New research

Chair: Mischa van Kan

Hande Sağlam Continuity of cultural memory: Transmission traditions of Alevi and Sunni Âşıks in Sivas

Jonas Ålander & Ulrik Volgsten Music and migrants in Swedish news reporting


9:30 – 10:00 Fika


10:00 – 11:30 New research (digital)

Chair: Owe Ronström

Saida Yelemanova Traditional music of the Tatar minority in Kazakhstan.

Jasmina Talam Music and identity construction: The example of Bosnians in Sweden

Fatima Nurlybayeva Audio Recordings of National Minorities of the Russian Empire in European Archives


11:30 – 12:30 Ecological issues and research on music and minorities (digital)

Chair: Ioannis Christidis

Dorit M. Klebe Models and spaces for survival of music cultures of refugee communities in Germany from 2015

George Pioustin Music in the time of farm vs green debate: A study on the Syrian Christians and the Western Ghats (accessible for participants only)


12:30 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 16:00 Business meeting

Chaired by Svanibor Pettan (accessible for participants only)


16:00 – 16:30 Fika


19:00 Symposium dinner for presenters

The symposium dinner, to which all speakers are invited, will be held on the top floor at the Institute for Language and Folklore.


Friday 29 October

8:30 – 9:30 New research/Ecological issues (digital)

Chair: Hilde Binford

Catherine Ingram A Home That Unites Us All? Global Music Media and South Sudanese Australians

Burcu Yaşin Sarigol Romanies: An Acoustic Community under the Threat of Gentrification


9:30 – 10:15 Fika


10:15 – 12:00 Presentation of the Collections at Institute for Language and Folklore


12:00 – 13.30 Lunch


13:30 – 15:00 Music of minorities as national cultural heritage

Chair: Charlotte Hyltén-Cavallius

Ioannis Christidis Musical performances of forced migrants from Syria as a participatory experience for performing citizenship on the thresholds of Europe.

Hilde Binford Indigenous Voices at the UN Climate Change Conferences


15:00 – 15:30 Fika


15:30 – 16:00 Symposium counterpoint and concluding remarks

Svanibor Pettan, Mayco Santaella and Hande Sağlam

Symposium closing and farewell


Local Arrangements Committee 

Charlotte Hyltén-Cavallius, Sverker Hyltén-Cavallius (Chair), Mischa van Kan, Dan Lundberg, Oscar Pripp, and Gunnar Ternhag

Programme Committee 

Cassandre Balosso-Bardin, Sverker Hyltén-Cavallius, Svanibor Pettan (Chair), Adelaida Reyes, Hande Sağlam, and Jasmina Talam