Welcome Symposium for the
International Council for Traditional Music
at the mdw

Musics Matter!
Ethnomusicology and its  
Socio-Political Relevance Today


mdw – University of Music and
Performing Arts Vienna
3., Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1


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Press release in German


Thursday, 28.9. | Joseph Haydn-Saal

17:00     Registration

18:30     Opening Ceremony

Welcome address by the Rector of the mdw, Ulrike Sych

President of the ICTM, Salwa El Shawan Castelo-Branco
Outgoing Secretary of the ICTM, Svanibor Pettan
Incoming Secretary of the ICTM, Ursula Hemetek

Keynote by Anthony Seeger
► How Does Ethnomusicology Matter? The Socio-Political Relevance of
    Ethnomusicology in the 21st Century

Musical contributions by
Klezmer reloaded, Lasanthi Manaranjanie Kalinga Dona, Sakina & Mahan Mirarab


Friday, 29.9. | Fanny Hensel-Saal

10:00-11:30   Paper Session

Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco
The Politics and Ethics of Music Heritage

Naila Ceribašić
Policy in the Field: On Brokerage and Other Services to National and International Agencies

Dan Lundberg
Music Archives, Identity, and Democracy. The Role of Archives in New Perspectives

Coffee Break

12:00-13:00   Paper Session

Beverley Diamond
How Indigenous Sociopolitical Resurgence and Ontological Encounters Might Change Ethnomusicology

Bernd Brabec de Mori
“Ethno” Constructions in Sound Ontologies of Contemporary Medicine and Therapy: Relevance and Criticism

                        Lunch Break

14:30-16:00   Paper Session  

Tom Solomon
Postcolonialism and Ethnomusicology: Issues, Challenges, and Prospects

Tina K. Ramnarine
Music, Labour Histories and Decolonising Scholarship

Rasika Ajotikar
Caste-ing Music: Decolonising Knowledge in Postcolonial India

Coffee Break

16:30-17:30   Paper Session          

Cornelia Gruber
The Politics of Women Dancing in Madagascar: Juxtaposing Perspectives on Gender in Ethnomusicology

Selena Rakočević
Practicing Ethnomusicology/Ethnochoreology within Post-Socialist Realities. Some Comparative Experiences from Serbia

19:00     Book Presentation
               European Voices III. The Instrumentation and Instrumentalization
               of Sound. Local Multipart Music Practices in Europe.

               Edited by Ardian Ahmedaja
               Music: Die Tanzgeiger


Saturday, 30.9. | Fanny Hensel-Saal

10:00-11:30   Paper Session

Samuel Araujo
Music, Research and Public Interest – A Dialogical Praxis for Social Justice

Philip V. Bohlman
"And from the Ruins of Time They Blossom" – On the Moral Imperative in Ethnomusicology

Tan Sooi Beng
Mediating Inclusion and Intercultural Dialogue through Community Music and the Arts in Malaysia

Coffee break

12:00-13:00   Paper Session

Adelaida Reyes
The Beneficence and the Tyranny of Paradigms: Refugees, Nation-States, and Musical Life

Svanibor Pettan
Religions Matter! Exploring Ethnomusicology of Religion


14:30-15:30   Paper Session

Ana Hofman
“All in one voice”: All in One Voice: Ethnomusicology of Dissensus

Britta Sweers
The Position of University-Based Ethnomusicology from an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Coffee break

17:00     Book Presentation
               Performing Sexual Identities. Nationalities on the Eurovision Stage
               Edited by Magdalena Fürnkranz and Ursula Hemetek

18:30     Closing Event at the Croatian Center with Buffet & Music


Welcome ICTM!

The symposium “Musics matter! The Socio-Political Relevance of Ethnomusicology Today” marks the transfer of the ICTM Secretariat from Ljubljana to Vienna. The ICTM is the largest international ethnomusicological society worldwide with a 70-year history. The board is elected by the membership and mirrors the diversity of the ICTM.

The Secretariat is the body responsible for the day-to-day operations of the ICTM, and is the main channel of communication between the Council’s governing body—the Executive Board—and its members, subscribers, partners, and affiliates. Therefore its role is crucial in the governing of the ICTM, and it is a great honour and opportunity for the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna to host it. The Department of Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology has longstanding relations to the ICTM, and in my own career at this institution the ICTM has played an important role, especially in establishing the focus on music and minorities. I have learned about the socio-political relevance of this issue and the role that ethnomusicology can play by focussing on such a topic. But it is not only in minority research that ethnomusicology acquires political relevance. There are many more approaches worldwide.

Therefore we have invited scholars who represent this agenda. The program has been constructed around the relevant discourses in ethnomusicology on that topic.

The keynote is intended to give an introduction on to what extent music itself and the study of music matters. An important field connected to political relevance is heritage, either in connection with the UNESCO or with archives. Ontologies of indigenous groups and their relevance in knowledge production is discussed in ethnomusicology nowadays as well as the possibilities of decolonising the discipline. Two papers from ethnochoreology explore dance from the gender perspective and in the post-socialist political structures. Different approaches from applied ethnomusicology deal with social justice, participatory dialogical practice, and the socio-political relevance of performance. Forced migration as well as religion should be seen as comprehensive topics for future ethnomusicology. Finally, we will discuss activism and politics in academia. The program mirrors influential discourses of ethnomusicology today that will definitely shape the future development of the discipline.

Ursula Hemetek

Organizing committeeUrsula Hemetek, Hande Sağlam, Marko Kölbl, Martina Krammer

No registration fee

Registration recommended: krammer@mdw.ac.at

Department of Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Wien
Tel: +43 1 711 55 - 4201 | mdw.ac.at/ive