International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Music and Gender 2016


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





1.   Name


The name of the organization shall be: ICTM Study Group on Music and Gender.  ICTM Study Groups are approved by the ICTM Executive Board. Study groups manage their activities independently and report regularly to the Executive Board. The ICTM is a non-profit, non-governmental organization in formal consultative relations with UNESCO. 


2.    Objectives


The Study Group shall promote the understanding of music and gender through research, documentation, and interdisciplinary study, and shall provide a forum for cooperation among scholars and students of music and gender by means of international meetings, publications and correspondence. The Study Group may undertake such projects as are in support of its stated objectives, including, but not limited to, organization of Study Group symposia, formation of sub-study groups, and publication of symposium proceedings and works of the sub-study groups.


3.    Membership


(a)     Membership in the Study Group is open to all members of the ICTM in good standing.  Study Group members’ ICTM dues must be current.

(b)    Rights of Study Group members are to participate in business meeting discussion and to vote.

(c)     Members shall assemble and participate in business meetings, normally held biennially in association with Study Group symposia. Extraordinary business meetings (in-person or virtual), may be called by the Board.


4.    Elected Officers and Responsibilities


The elected officers of the Study Group, who must be members of ICTM and the Study Group, shall be Chairperson, Vice- Chairperson,  Secretary/Treasurer.

(a)      The term of office shall be four years with terms staggered* so that one or two new officers are elected at each business meeting of the Study Group. (*The first election under these Operation Procedures shall install all three officers for the following terms: Chairperson for two years, Vice-Chairperson for four years, Secretary/Treasurer for four years. In the following election the term of the Chairperson shall revert to four years.)  Officers may serve no more than two consecutive terms in the same position.

(b)     The Secretary/Treasurer shall send a call for nominations to Study Group members at least 60 days prior to a business meeting. Nominations - with secured consent - shall be submitted in writing by any Study Group member to a designated electronic or postal mailing address prior to a business meeting, or nominations may be made orally during the business meeting.

(c)      Elections for officers shall be conducted by email or other electronic media; voting will be facilitated by the ICTM Secretariat. Officers are elected by a majority of members voting (with 20% or at least 12 members constituting a quorum).

(d)    No member shall hold more than one office at a time.

(e)      The duties of the Chairperson shall include: responsibility to the Boards of the Study Group and the ICTM for all current affairs of the Study Group; presiding at business meetings; serving as Chairperson at the Study Group Board meetings; calling Board meetings (in person or electronically) or securing written decisions of the Board when necessary; assuring that parliamentary procedure according to paragraph 9 is followed in all meetings of the Study Group; acting as corresponding secretary; co-signing with the Secretary/Treasurer the annual report which shall be sent to the ICTM President and Secretary General; serving as the sole spokesperson of the Study Group to the ICTM Board; and representing the Study Group at the Assembly of Study Group Chairs at the ICTM World Conference. The current membership list shall be kept by the both the Chairperson and the Secretary/Treasurer.

(f)         The duties of the Vice-Chairperson shall include: to assist the Chairperson in the management of the Study Group and its activities; to represent the Study Group publicly when the Chairperson is not present; to assist whenever possible the Chairperson with Study Group participation in the ICTM World Conference; to assist whenever possible the Editor(s) in the production of the Study Group publication(s). In the absence or in the event of the Chairperson’s resignation or removal from office or inability or refusal to perform the duties of the office of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall undertake the duties of the Chairperson.

The duties of the Secretary/Treasurer shall include: to assist the Chairperson in the management of the Study Group; to keep a record of all proceedings of Study Group business meetings (noting proposals, discussions, decisions, and motions, and giving names of individuals who make them); to send this record – which shall be signed by the Chairperson - to the ICTM President and Secretary General for publication in the ICTM Bulletin; to supervise Study Group monies; to maintain records of all financial affairs which shall be reported annually to the membership; to transfer all files and official Study Group correspondence to the ICTM Archives ; to arrange for all files and official Study Group correspondence to be stored electronically; to transfer to the successor Secretary/Treasurer all past minutes, files, and financial records.

(g)    A vacancy in any office may be filled until the next election by the majority affirmative vote of the remaining Board members. If the vacancy occurs in the office of Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall perform the duties of the Chairperson for the remainder of the Chairperson’s term. In this case, the remaining Board members shall appoint a replacement to the office of Vice-Chairperson.



5.   Board


(a)     The Board of the Study Group shall consist of three elected officers of the Study Group (Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Secretary/Treasurer), plus Symposium Chairperson(s). Board meetings may be called by the Chairperson or any two Board members. Any three Board members shall constitute a quorum at a Board meeting. Decisions of the Board require a majority vote of all members of the board. The Board may conduct its business and make decisions in person or by means of various communication media.

(b)     The Symposium Chairperson shall be a representative of the Study Group and shall remain on the Board until the final completion of Symposium business matters. (Thus it is possible that there will be more than one Symposium Chairperson serving on the Board in any given year.)

(c)     The Board shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Study Group between its business meetings, shall assure the time and place of business meetings, and shall recommend policy to the Study Group. The board shall be subject to the resolutions of the Study Group, and none of its acts shall conflict with the resolutions of the Study Group.


6.    Committees


(a)     Symposium organizing and program committees:

The Study Group shall aim to hold a symposium at least every two years. The location, topics, and responsible organizer of Study Group symposia shall be approved by a majority of members present and voting at a business meeting. The Study Group symposia and meetings shall be scheduled so as not to conflict with the ICTM World Conference.

(b)     Sub-study groups:

To conduct projects related to music and gender, sub-study groups may be formed at the discretion of members and on written application to the Study Group Board. Members may self-declare participation in sub-study groups. Each sub-study group will be led by a Secretary, selected by its participants. Sub-study groups may publish the results of their activities. A report of activity shall be given by the Secretary of each sub-study group at Business meetings. If a sub-study group remains inactive for an extended period of time, the board may dissolve it.


7.  Business Meetings


A business meeting shall be held at least once every two years, at each Symposium of the Study Group or during the ICTM World Conference, and shall be announced to participants through the ICTM Bulletin, through the Study Group internet resources, and/or and through the Study Group Newsletter. The quorum for a business meeting shall be 20% of the current membership or at least 12 members. 


8.    Operating Procedures


These Operating Procedures can be amended following a vote by Study Group members. A proposed amendment to the Operating Procedures shall be submitted to the Study Group members through the Study Group internet resources and/or through the ICTM Bulletin. Votes on proposed amendments shall be conducted by email or other electronic media; voting will be facilitated by the ICTM Secretariat. An amendment will pass and be adopted by the Study Group only if two-thirds of the votes cast are in favor of the amendment.


9.    Rules of Order


The Chairperson shall preside over the business meetings. Business meetings can start if at least 12 members are present.

Every member is allowed to speak at business meetings; members secure permission to speak by raising their hands.

Every member has the right to make a motion (proposal) which will be discussed and put to vote.

Votes will be decided by a simple majority.

Minutes of business meetings (i.e. official record of decisions taken in a meeting) will be passed on to all members via the ICTM Bulletin and will be, if necessary, discussed at the next business meeting.



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 meetings of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Gender will take place at the Tenth Symposium to be held in Vienna beginning 29 July 2018 and at the 45th ICTM World Conference in Bangkok, Thailand hosted by Chulalongkom University in 2019.