International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

3rd ICTM Forum: Approaches to Research on Music and Dance in the Internet Era

11–14 July 2018, Beijing, China. 

Call for Papers for ICTM Members

Forum Abstract

The internet age has brought forward a series of new approaches to the research of music and dance, and new patterns of scholarship have been developed, both within different disciplines and across the globe. Scholars from five global research associations (ICTM, SEM, IMS, IAML, IASPM) will meet to present and discuss the new methodologies now emerging, looking both for commonalities and distinctive new departures. Inter-, multi-, trans- and cross-disciplinary approaches will be welcome, including those that reach out beyond the specifically academic domain toward new social and economic usages. We ask how these new possibilities provide a means to generate respect for and engagement within traditional, historical or popular forms of music and dance, as well as allowing our imagination to reach knowledgeably across conventional geographical, social and historical boundaries. The Forum will interleave discipline-specific and interdisciplinary sessions.

Submission Guidelines

Each partner society and the host institution will gather a set of contributions, which will be organized into a programme by a joint programme committee, which includes representatives from each society as well as from the host institution. The following guidelines are specific to ICTM members seeking an invitation as part of the ICTM block of participants. (Note that if you are a member of more than one of the scholarly associations listed above, you may be considered by each for inclusion in the programme as part of their block, but that no individual can finally deliver more than one paper at the Forum.)

Proposals are now welcome for individual papers (20 minutes’ duration, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion) and panels (60/ 90 minutes, followed by up to 30 minutes of discussion). Proposals should be submitted to ICTM co-representatives on the joint programme committee Jonathan P. J. Stock and Zhang Boyu at

By Thursday 30 November 2017. Each proposal should contain:

  • (each) speaker’s name, title, affiliation (where applicable), and contact email;
  • an abstract summarising the paper or panel. Abstracts for individual papers should be 200-250 words in length; those for panels should be of 750-1,000 words;
  • the proposal can be submitted as an email attachment in doc, docx, or rtf format;
  • use “ICTM Beijing Forum proposal” as the subject line for your email;
  • prospective participants should be members in good standing of ICTM or, in the case of multi-disciplinary proposals, of one of the other scholarly associations listed;

Local Arrangements (updated in March 2018)

The forum, coordinated by Svanibor Pettan and Zhang Boyu, will be hosted by the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Partially subsidized hotel accommodation is available for those selected, and all meals will be provided on a complimentary basis. The registration fee for those selected will be paid by the Central Conservatory of Music. The Forum also includes a programme of concerts and associated events. Attendees will need to be able to pay their own travel costs.

The arrival date is 10 July and the departing date is 15 July 2018. Participants will be accommodated in hotels within 10-minute walking distance from CCOM. The Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) will provide all confirmed participants with the official invitation letters and cover the costs of their stay for five nights; any earlier arrival or later departures should be handled individually, without LAC. Each participant should check about the Chinese visa requirements in his/her country and contact the LAC at the earliest convenience in case some other document besides the invitation letter needs to be provided. 

LAC will provide five daily bus transpotations from the airport to the CCOM on 10 July and from the hotel to airport on 15 July at 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm. Participants who arrive or depart at other times should consider taking a taxi at their own expenses. Once the participants arrive from the airport to CCOM, they will be met by student volunteers who will accompany them to their hotels.

The address of CCOM is:

Central Conservatory of Music. No. 43 Baojia Street Fuxingmen Xicheng Dist. 

Further inquiries should be addressed to the coordinators Zhang Boyu, Svanibor Pettan and Jonathan Stock.