Budapeszt 2010

Budapeszt, 22–26 September 2010
MTA Zenetudományi Intézet (Institute for Musicology of  the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Bartók Hall, Budapest (Castle district, post code 1014) street Táncsics M. no. 7

Musical traditions: Discovery, Inquiry, Interpretation and Application
The theme of ESEM XXVI will be musical traditions.   First of all we ask, what methods exist for identifying and documenting musical traditions?   What distinguishes a set of musical practices as a ‘tradition’, and how can its boundaries be set in an age of global travel and communication?

Ethnomusicologists have applied a wide range of techniques over many decades for the documentation of musical  traditions: what do scholars in different parts of the world, particularly Europe, now consider to be the basic or the ideal methods? How have new technologies changed these norms, especially in the age of digital audio and video and the internet? How does application of methods depend on the local reality being studied? Can one model fit all, and help to facilitate comparative studies?

And what analytical or interpretative goals lie behind the collection of information about musical traditions? Is modern ethnomusicology concerned largely with the application of theory derived from other fields concerned with social and cultural theory, or is a space still to be found for the systematic investigation of a musical corpus or of musical processes? Are the latter still conceptualised within a comparative frame of reference?

Finally, to what ends might our investigations be applied? Do European ethnomusicologists still think in terms of the preservation of traditions, perceiving a threat to musical diversity? How do we conceptualise our relationship with musicians: as objective scholars, documenting and analysing cultural practices, or as partners helping particular communities to find a voice in the local and global media and to themselves strengthen their traditions?

We welcome scholarly proposals for individual papers and panels, but also  proposals for poster presentations.

Abstracts of up to 300 words for individual (20-minute) papers and for posters should be sent by e-mail to  Pál Richter (richter@zti.hu).  In the case of panel proposals (for three or four speakers) we ask for a short description of the panel topic as well as for individual abstracts by the panel participants.

Abstracts must have reached us by 15 April.  The Programme Committee will make its formal decisions known by 1 May.

Possibilities exist for early acceptance of papers for those who need to rely on this for grant applications (please indicate need for urgent reply when you submit your abstract).

The official language of the meeting is English.