International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Submit proposal to the 44th ICTM World Conference, 13-19 July 2017, Limerick, Ireland

Abstracts should be from 250 to 300 words in length, and written in English (papers may be presented in either English or Gaelic, but all abstracts must be in English). 

The themes of the conference are listed and described on this page. Abstracts should include a clear statement of the problem, a coherent argument, evidence of the author’s knowledge of previous research, and a statement of the implications for ethnomusicology, ethnochoreology, or other disciplines. Because abstract review is anonymous, do not include your name or the names of other panellists in the body of the abstract.

The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2016. Following evaluation by the Programme Committee, authors will be notified in December 2016.

1. Individual paper

Individual papers should be 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. The proposal must include a 300-word (maximum) abstract. Click here to submit an individual paper proposal.

2. Panel

Organized panels are 90 minutes (three papers, each 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion) or 120 minutes long (four papers, or three papers and a discussant). A proposal by the panel organizer (300 words) as well as one by each individual presenter (300 words each) are required. Where an independently submitted abstract appears to fit a panel, the programme committee may suggest the addition of a panelist. The programme committee may also recommend acceptance of only some of the papers on a panel. Click here to submit a panel proposal.

3. Film/Video session

Recently completed films introduced by their author and discussed by conference participants may be proposed. Submit a 300-word abstract including titles, subjects, and formats, and indicate the duration of the proposed films/videos and introduction/discussion. Click here to submit a film/video session proposal.

4. Forum/Roundtable

Forum/Roundtable sessions provide opportunities for participants to discuss a subject with each other and with members of the audience. Sessions of up to two hours long should include at least four but no more than five presenters. We encourage formats that stimulate discussion and audience participation. The forum/roundtable organizer will solicit position papers of up to 15 minutes from each presenter and will facilitate questions and discussion for the remaining time. The proposal should be submitted by the forum/roundtable organizer. Click here to submit a forum/roundtable proposal.