International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Call for Papers The Joint Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Indigenous Music and Dance, and the National Recording Project for Indigenous Music and Dance in Australia (NRPIPA)

The 1st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Indigenous Music and Dance and the 21st NRPIPA Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance will be held on 30 November to 3 December 2022 at the University of Melbourne. Hosted by the Indigenous Knowledge Institute, the joint symposium will primarily be delivered in an online format and coincide with the International Day of People with Disabilities on 3 December 2022.

This joint symposium is concerned with the practice, research and documentation of music, dance and ceremony across the fullest array of Indigenous contexts worldwide. This includes national contexts in which Indigenous peoples still struggle to have their sovereignty and rights recognised, as well as those from which former colonial powers have withdrawn, yet their institutional structures remain entrenched. The symposium is a forum for cooperation among music and dance practitioners and scholars to share and discuss music, dance and ceremony, and their connections to Indigenous modes of knowledge production and strategies for cultural survival. It encourages research into Indigenous music and dance from a broad range of perspectives, including performance as research. We encourage a wide variety of topics that engage with composition, performance, education, community, wellbeing, policy, industry, rights, equity, collections, and the environment.

The 1st Symposium’s overarching theme will be: People, Place and Culture

The Symposium invites proposals for presentations on topics relating to Indigenous music and dance in the following themes:

  • Indigenous environmental knowledge and performative responses to climate change
  • Disability, mental health and social inclusion in Indigenous music and dance
  • Indigenous performance as a medium of research and knowledge production
  • New research insights into Indigenous music and dance from around the world

Types of presentation can include papers of 20 min, themed group panels of 90­–120 min, lecture demonstrations, concerts, and workshops.


Proposals will be accepted from ICTM members. Non-members are welcome to join the ICTM and submit their abstracts once they have joined.

Please submit proposals to Dr Anthea Skinner:

Proposals should include:

  1. an abstract of 250 words,
  2. a biographical note for each presenter of 100 words, and
  3. all relevant affiliation and contact information for all presenters (email and affiliation)


The Symposium will be facilitated in both English and Chinese.

Researchers capable of writing in English should submit their abstracts in English to facilitate the reviewing process by the international multi-lingual program committee.

However, for researchers and practitioners who can only write in Chinese, translation services will be offered by the organising committee. Please indicate if this a requirement to the committee when submitting an abstract.


Deadline for submissions 22 April 2022

Feedback (accept, modify, reject) 30 May 2022

The Program Committee (alphabetically by surname)

Dr Xinjie Chen

Prof Aaron Corn

Prof Marcia Langton

Dr Anthea Skinner

Dr Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg

Prof Yuh-Fen Tseng

Ms Shuo Niki Yang


To be confirmed by June 2022.


Please contact Dr Anthea Skinner if you have any questions:

We look forward to receiving your abstracts!