International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Music and Gender

The Music and Gender Study Group Meeting in Bern 2016

Mission Statement:

The ICTM Study Group on Music and Gender seeks to promote the growth of insight and understanding of gender as a critical factor in social interaction and thereby contribute meaningful theoretical dimensions to any study of musical culture.

Objectives  (adopted at its second meeting at the Freie Universität in West Berlin on July 27-29, 1987):

 A gender balanced view of musical and dance activities is required since our work produces documents which in the future will be a source for historians and other scholars. Towards this end, we will: 

1. Encourage understanding of gender in terms of the roles it plays in societies.
2. Stimulate critical evaluation of gender roles within our discipline. 

3. Identify basic lacunae in the areas of music and dance cross-culturally.

4. Expand the methodological and theoretical bases for data collection and provide a forum for the presentation and interpretation of new material.

5. Publish and disseminate research findings. 


Barbara L. Hampton
Director, Graduate Program in Ethnomusicology
Hunter College of The City University of New York
695 Park Avenue HN400F
New York, New York 10065
Barbara L. Hampton with Pirkko Moisala  1985
Past Chairs:
Barbara L. Hampton and Jane Mink Rosen                   1985-1987
Marcia Herndon and Suzanne Ziegler                             1987-1993
Marcia Herndon and Pirkko Moisala                               1993-1997
Pirkko Moisala                                                                   1997-1999
Pirkko Moisala and Carol Babiracki                                 1999-2000
Carol Babiracki and Fiona Magowan                               2000-2005
Fiona Magowan and Nino Tshishvili                                2005-2013
Barbara L. Hampton                                                          2013-2015
Barbara L. Hampton and Marko Kölbl                           2015-

9th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Gender

9th Symposium

Study Group on Music and Gender 

of the

International Council for Traditional Music
University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
July 13-16, 2016




Past Meetings: 

The Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland --Founding Meeting   5-7 August 1985

Freie Universitat, Berlin (FRG)  25-29 July 1987                                                                            

Musicological Seminar of the University of Heidelberg (FRG) 21-26 June 1988

Freie Universitat, Berlin  14 June 1993


 Music, Gender and Culture.  Guest Editors: Marcia Herndon and Suzanne Ziegler.  International Council for Traditional Music.  ICTM Study Group on Music and Gender.  Wilhelmshaven:  Florian Noetzel Verlag. 1990. (Intercultural Music Studies 1.) 307 pp. with bibliography, index and illustrations.

Music and Gender.  Beverley Diamond and Pirkko Moisala, eds.  Champaign-Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2000. ISBN 13-978-0252068652 


The next business meeting of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Gender will take place at the 44th ICTM World Conference in Limerick, Ireland. 

13-19 July 2017

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Limerick, Ireland