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Call for Papers: Music, Sound, Dance and Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean

Thursday, January 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Center for Musical and Scenic Arts at the University of the Republic of Uruguay
May 17-19, 2018
Salto, Uruguay

The symposium “Music, Sound, Dance and Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean” marks
the premiere meeting of the ICTM Study Group in-the-making “Music and Dance in Latin America
and the Caribbean.” The purpose of this symposium is to create spaces for ethnomusicological and
ethnochoreological academic exchange within the framework of the International Council for
Traditional Music ICTM (www.ictmusic.org). In this symposium we aim to provide visibility for a
wide spectrum of ontologies and epistemologies that reach beyond the notions of music, dance,
sound, performance, and bodies in movement. In addition, we welcome participatory action
research and alternative modes of knowledge dissemination.

The diverse cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean have certain commonalities in their
historical, political, and migration backgrounds and identities. They share among many aspects, a
colonial past, which has occasioned the extinction or oppression of certain epistemologies. These
regions also share a development of local practices as part of a cultural thread that began
before colonialism and prevails through and despite their colonial past. These
circumstances have affected and shaped the production of music, sound, dance and
movement throughout the region’s afro-latin, afro-caribbean, indigenous and mestizo
cultures. Some of these modes of existence have even extended beyond linguistic political, or
corporeal boundaries and have served as key examples for cultural sustainability in other parts of
the world. This Symposium therefore includes decolonizing, translingual, and transnational
discourses as well as proposals that involve sounds and movements produced by human and nonhuman entities, which are common in many local ontologies.

The symposium will be held at the University of the Republic of Uruguay’s Center for Musical and
Scenic Arts (CIAMEN) in the city of Salto, Uruguay, from May 17-19, 2018. Papers may be presented in three of the academic languages of research prevalent in Latin America and the Caribbean - Spanish, Portuguese, or English. One of the goals of this Symposium is to provide an opportunity for researchers and students who are not part of the ICTM or have not yet been able to attend respective conferences due to financial, political, or language obstacles.

The symposium will feature panels and roundtables, individual paper submissions, documentary
films and workshops. Other alternative presentation formats may be submitted for consideration. A
limited number of pre-recorded presentations will be allowed for participants unable to attend in
person due to extreme circumstances that prevent physical participation.

Guidelines for abstract proposals
• Individual or co-authored papers (20 minutes) – abstracts of 250 to 300 words
• Themed panel sessions and round tables - One abstract of 300 words as well as individual
abstracts of 250 words.
• Workshops - abstracts of 350 to 500 words including aim, didactical- and space related
modus of the workshop
• Film Screenings - abstracts of 250 to 300 words and links to available info material (max. 60
• Lecture performance in innovative format sessions may extend from 20 to 60 minutes –
abstracts up to 500 words outlining the form and content of the session

Due Dates
Please submit proposals via email to ictm.latcar.2018@gmail.com by January 15, 2018.
All proposals should include names, a short biography and institutional affiliation, email,
and technical tools needed for presentation. Decisions regarding proposals will be
communicated by the program committee to authors before February 16, 2018.

Further Info
• Symposium “Music, Sound, Dance and Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean”:
• For further information on Salto and other accommodation options see:




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