International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities

Welcome to the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities


Photo taken during the Study Group Symposium in Vienna, July 2018 (© IVE-Yoder)

Mission Statement

For the purpose of this Study Group, the term minority means communities, groups and/or individuals, including indigenous, migrant and other vulnerable groups that are at higher risk of discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, race, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation, disability, political opinion, social or economic deprivation.
The Study Group focuses on music and minorities by means of research, documentation and interdisciplinary study. It serves as a forum for cooperation among scholars through meetings, publications and correspondence.

(Note: The previous definition has been replaced by this working definition adopted at the Study Group's Business Meeting in Vienna on 27 July 2018. It is a subject of ongoing discussion within the Study Group)

Executive members Svanibor Pettan (chair), Mayco Santaella (vice-chair), Hande Sağlam (secretary)

Svanibor Pettan

University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Arts - Dept. of Musicology

Aškerčeva 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia


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

25 - 29 October 2021

Following the most recent developments concerning the Corona virus and its global spread, the local arrangements committee – after consultation with the programme committee – has decided to postpone the Music and Minorities Symposium in Uppsala in June.
Because of the continuously unclear prospects of how the situation will be at the end of June and the variations of the spread and taken measurements in different countries, we have concluded that the circumstances are too uncertain to hold on to the original symposium dates of 21-28 June. To avoid the necessity to hastily cancel the symposium with the risk that all participants have booked travels and stay, we want to announce now that the symposium will be postponed to 25 - 30 October 2021, when we hope to see you. We are very sorry but hope that we can limit the inconvenience by making this decision now.
Our thoughts are with those who are directly and indirectly affected by the virus and we hope you will all stay healthy so we can meet in October 2021 instead.


Online Publications on Music and Minorities:

Past Symposiums

The 10th (Joint) Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities & Music and Gender, Vienna, Austria, July 23-30, 2018

For the fouth time in the history of the International Council for Traditional Music, two study groups are joining forces in organizing a joint symposium. 

Each Study Group will feature three main themes and one that reflects common interest. Each Study Group will have its own program committee. Scholars are invited to send proposals and are strongly encouraged to attend the whole event, thereby contributing to its success.


Call for Paper

The 9th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities, Rennes, France, July 4–8, 2016


Call for Paper

The 8th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities, Osaka, Japan, July 19–23, 2014


Call for Paper

The 7th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities, Zefat, Israel, August 7–12, 2012

Call for Paper

The 6th Symposium of the Study Group on Music and Minorities & 2nd Symposium of the Study Group on Applied Ethnomusicology, Hanoi, Vietnam, July 19-30, 2010

Call for Paper