International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Latin America and the Caribbean (ICTM LATCAR)

Participants pose together at the UNICACH campus during ICTM LAT CAR's first Symposium in Chiapas, Mexico

Attendees of the First ICTM LAT CAR Symposium at UNICACH in Chiapas, Mexico, 2020.

(Photograph by Javier Silvestrini)


Mission Statement

The purpose of the Study Group Music and Dance in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAT CAR) is to create a geographical and language-related accessible space for the study, practice, documentation, preservation, and dissemination of music, sounds, dances and movements in and from Latin America and the Caribbean. The aim of this study group is to connect perspectives and help bring researchers together, providing a platform of exchange and visibility for the ICTM.

The many diverse regions and peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean have commonalities in their historical, political, and migration backgrounds and identities. They share, among other aspects, a colonial past, the oppression of Indigenous knowledges and practices, as well as the preservation, maintenance, and development of unique modes of existence. These processes have informed Indigenous, African, and other experiences as well as forms of hybridization or mestizaje, which ultimately influence music, sound, movement and dances as culture and in cultures.

The Study Group welcomes epistemologies that reach beyond the notions of music, dance, sound, performance, and bodies in movement. In efforts to re-imagine the disciplinary boundaries of knowledge production, LAT CAR provides further spaces for research informed by multimodal methods including—but not limited to—audiovisual investigations, applied methods, and music and dance performance-based didactics. We also strongly encourage the participation of underrepresented sociopolitical groups, such as individuals and communities that have been historically discriminated against and marginalized due to their ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, religion, (dis)abilities, age, or political beliefs; thereby giving space and voice to the diverse narratives that shape this vast region of the world.


Study Group Board (2020-2022)


  • Javier Silvestrini

  • Nora Bammer


  • Magda Pucci

  • Juan Bermúdez


  • Jessie Vallejo

Director of Finances and Membership:

  • Lucilene Silva

Steering Committee (2017-2020)

  • Hannah Balcomb (USA/Argentina)
  • Nora Bammer (ICTM liaison; Austria/Ecuador)
  • Juan Bermúdez (Austria/Mexico)
  • Adriana Cerletti (Argentina)
  • Marita Fornaro (Uruguay)
  • Jennie Gubner (USA/Argentina)
  • Ana Silverio (Brazil)
  • Javier Silvestrini (ICTM liaison; Austria/Puerto Rico)
  • Jessie Vallejo (web editor; USA/Ecuador)

The steering committee shall be in place until the following symposium meeting. The next symposium meeting will be held in Chiapas 2020 where a board of executive members will be elected.

Future elections of executive members will be held at business meetings as well as online through digital elections supported by the General Secretariat.


Reuniones/Reuniãos/Meetings y/e/and Simposios/Simpósios/Symposia:

2022 - Second Symposium - Hybrid joint conference with Applied Ethnomusicology: Santiago, Chile and Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

2020 - First Symposium as official Study Group - Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México

2018 - First Meeting as Interest Group - Salto, Uruguay









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ICTM LATCAR Membresía / Filiação / Membership Registration 


    Updated call for papers / Convocatoria de propuestas actualizada / Apresentação de propostas actualizado - 28 feb 2022

    Please see our updated call for proposals. The submission deadline has been extended until February 28, 2022.

    Consulte nuestra convocatoria de propuestas actualizada. El plazo de presentación se ha extendido hasta el 28 de febrero de 2022.

    Por favor, veja nosso convite para apresentação de propostas atualizado. O prazo para apresentação de propostas foi prorrogado até 28 de fevereiro de 2022.


    Estén pendientes / Fique atento / Stay tuned

    Estén pendientes: A mediados de septiembre de 2021, anunciaremos nuestra conferencia de 2022 y lanzaremos la convocatoria de presentaciones.

    Convocatoria extendido / Chamada estendido / Call for Papers extended


    Hemos extendido la convocatoria y aceptaremos propuestas hasta el 1 de septiembre de 2019. ¡Esperaremos recibir sus ponencias!


    A chamada de trabalhos para o nosso encontro em Chiapas foi prorrogada até 1º de setembro de 2019. Esperamos receber suas inscrições!


    The call for papers for our meeting in Chiapas has been extended until September 1, 2019. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

    ANNOUNCEMENT: The call for papers for our second meeting (first official) symposium in Chiapas 2020 is now available

    We are happy to announce that our call for papers for the upcoming meeting in Chiapas from March 9-13, 2020 is now available. Please see the attached CFP in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

    2020 LATCAR Conference Site Announcement:

    Nuestra próxima reunión será / Nossa próxima reunião será / Our next meeting will be:

    2020: 9-13 de marzo/março/March

    Facultad de Música, Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas México

    Pronto anunciaremos la convocatoria / Vamos anunciar a chamada em breve / We will announce the call for papers soon.

    Planning our next ICTM LATCAR Meeting

    Future ICTM LATCAR meetings will take place in contrasting Latin American and Caribbean regions (north, south, east, west) providing for further access and exchange, on the off years of the World Conference.