International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Call for Papers: 2nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Musics of the Slavic World

Conference dates: 22 - 24 September 2018

Conference venue: Faculty of Music, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia

Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 30 January 2018
  • Notice of acceptance deadline: 15 April 2018

Presentation formats: individual papers, panels, roundtables and audio-visual documentaries.

The official language of the symposium is English. Proposals must be submitted in English.


1. Emic (Folk) Terminology for Musical Practices

Emic terminology is a subject of interdisciplinary research interest at the intersection of ethnomusicology, folkloristics, and ethnolinguistics. Its study includes analysing of the principles in naming musical phenomena by the communities under study, considering their correlations with language elements. Terminology is a key to understanding of the principles of local musical thinking, the concepts of voice serving as a useful example. Furthermore, research on emic terminology broadens the perspectives necessary for a comparative study within the Slavic-speaking world and beyond.

Musical terminology can be studied on several levels. Denotative level considers defining groups of terminologically marked phenomena, such as types of vocal articulation, types of polyphony and functions of vocal parts in the texture, musical instruments and their constructive elements. A level referred to as motivation model of designation helps us understand which attribute, typical of a particular phenomenon, is used as the basis for naming, which can be inspired by textual or musical features, by historical and seasonal status of a piece of music, or to a social, professional, or gender and age status of its performers. Another level, connotative semantics of terms, conveys an emotional attitude to a named object, a judgement component, either positive or negative. Pragmatic level considers usage of a term in a specific communicative situation, pointing to the importance of understanding how a communicative situation affects choice of name by the performer.

This theme calls for presentations with focus on emic terminologies and their scholarly treatment in all Slavic contexts.

2. Genre Conceptualisations

Understanding of genres is important for an adequate understanding of local repertoires. The notion of genre contains structural and functional aspects, and reflects organization of expressive characteristics and the way the structural elements are systematically configured and interrelated in local practice. 

Genre concepts accommodate differentiation of song, instrumental music, and dance. Some scholars classify vocal genres on the basis of the text content into epic, lyric and dramatic. Klyment Kvitka preferred to classify vocal genres according to functional criteria. Structural analysis focuses on (a) the rhythm of word pronouncing in singing, (b) the syllabic structure of a line and its caesural forms which are prevalent in most Slavic traditions, (c) pitch organization: narrow-ranged song types, diatonic and anhemitonic, vs. large-scale forms. Numerous researchers in Slavic-speaking countries, following Kvitka, highlight the importance of the manner of performance. This includes musical articulation but also gestures of performers and other behavioral aspects.

Proposals for this theme are expected to focus on genres in different parts of the Slavic world and their treatment in various scholarly traditions. 

3. Relationships: Music, Dance and Society 

Society influences music and dance in a number of ways, which calls for an analysis of their relationships. Promotion of certain forms of music and dance, recognized as bearers of national, ethnic or gender characteristics, is a part of the processes that have been observed in particular in the newly formed nation states after the 1990s. Similarly, many informal groups use dance and music as part of their agendas, beyond the aesthetic function, pointing to the society that creates new meanings and interpretations. Contemporary societies articulate their positions, attitudes and intentions, including national strategies and reflections or oppositions and response-based actualities, and recognize traditional music and dance as important elements of national identity. Music and dance are often featured for the sake of national promotion in various international contexts, as parts of cultural policies. They are also used as tools for articulation of social revolt, dissatisfaction and protest. Such processes sometimes cause changes in the contents and the ways of performance of songs and dances.

This theme accommodates presentations of research focussing on diverse aspects of relationships within the continuum music – dance – society in all Slavic-related contexts.

Proposal format

  • Name:
  • Institutional affiliation:
  • Email address:
  • ype of presentation
  • Are you a current member of the ICTM? (Only abstracts from members in good standing will be considered.)
  • Abstract: (max 300 words)

Abstracts should be sent to the Secretary of the Study Group Ulrich Morgenstern at the following e-mail address:

Membership.  The Program Committee will only consider proposals by current members of the ICTM in good standing for 2018. Membership application forms are available at the ICTM website. For membership questions, contact the ICTM Secretariat at

Conference fee: 45 euro

The conference fee covers conference materials, coffee breaks, and welcome cocktail. 

Preliminary accommodation info: We suggest several hotels close to the Symposium venue.

Stone Bridge Hotel

E-mail:  Phone: +389 2 3244 900

Single Room (with breakfast - 96€, with breakfast and dinner - 110€),

Double Room (with breakfast - 110€, with breakfast and dinner - 125€),

«Stone Bridge» is located next to the Symposium venue.

Hotel Solun and Spa; E-mail:;;;

Phone: +389 2 3232 512

Single Room  (with breakfast  - 76€,  with breakfast and dinner - 88€);

Double Room  Room  (with breakfast  - 96€,   with breakfast and dinner - 119€)

Prices are per night. VAT and all taxes are included; using of the Wi-Fi is free of charge.

(600 meters from the Symospium venue)

Holiday Inn

E-mail:; Phone: +389 2 3292 998

Single Room (65€), Double Room (85€); Prices are based on BB: Additional meals are from12 €/per person up; VAT and all taxes are included; Using of the sauna and fitness corner is free of charge.

(400 metes from the Symospium venue)

Hotel IBIS

E-mail:; Phone: +389 2 3123 700

Single Room (58€), Double Room (65 €); Prices are based on BB: Additional meals are 8 €/per person and must be chosen from a menu ahead of time.;  VAT and all taxes are included;  Using the Wi-Fi is free of charge.

(500 meters from the Symospium venue)

Hotel Arka

Phone: +389 2 3232 585;  Cell: +389 (0)70248318, Standard: Single room (50 €), Double room  (60 €);  Prices are based on BB: Supplement for HB (dinner) is 11 €/per person or 15 €/per person for FB (dinner and lunch). Drinks during the diner/lunch are not included in the prices for HB/FB. VAT and all taxes are included;

Using of the sauna, Jacuzzi, fitness corner as well as Wi-Fi is free of charge

Cancellation Policy:  If cancelled up to 1 day before the date of arrival, no fee will be charged; If cancelled later or in case of no-show the first night will be charged.

(700 meters from the Symospium venue)

Hotel Super 8

E-mail:; Phone: +389 2 3212 255

Single Room (40€), Double Room (60€), Prices are based on BB:             Using the Wi-Fi is free of charge.

(300 meters from the Symospium venue)

Hotel De Koka E-mail:

Phone: +389 2 3112 200; Standard  Double Room; 1 person (35 €), 2 persons (49 €);

*Note: All the prices are per night with breakfast included

*Note: All prices are with VAT and touristic local tax calculated.

*This offer is valid until the end of 2018.

(300 meters from the Symospium venue)


Program Committee

Elena Shishkina (Chair)

Rimantas Sliužinskas

Ulrich Morgenstern

Drago Kunej

Bożena Muszkalska  

Sonja Zdravkova Djeparoska

Galina Tavlai


Local Arrangements Committee

Sonja Zdravkova-Djeparoska (Chair)

Zoran Pehcevski

Dragan Dautovski

Velika Stojkova-Serafimovska

Aneta Okardova

For any other questions regarding accommodation, travel or similar matters, please contact Mrs. Aneta Okardova at the following e-mail address: or