The 2nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group for Applied Ethnomusicology

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The symposium was organized together with the 6th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities (see Minutes by Adelaida Reyes in the October 2010 Bulletin, pages 58-60) and hosted by the Vietnamese Institute for Musicology in Hanoi. The first 17 sessions of the event were related to Music and Minorities and the the other 13 to Applied Ethnomusicology. The entire event was hosted by Le Van Toan, Director of the Institute and his efficient team, partly in hotel Dien Luc and partly at the Institute. Tran Quang Hai, Huib Schippers, Kjell Skyllstad, Ursula Hemetek and the undersigned assisted the organizers on behalf of the ICTM, and Geir Johnson provided invaluable assistance on behalf of the Norwegian Transposition program. The two symposia were smoothly connected by the two-day excursion to the Halong Bay, where papers with the agenda shared by the Music and Minorities and Applied Ethnomusicology domains were presented at a boat.

Just like the Music and Minorities symposium, the symposium on Applied Ethnomusicology had its own three themes: (1) History and workings of applied ethnomusicology, (2) Performing arts and ecology, and (3) Performing arts in dialogue, advocacy and education. The forms of presentation included individual papers, panels such as Applied ethnomusicology, cultural heritage, social relevance, and discussions within the so called talking circles, introduced by Klisala Harrison at the previous STG symposium in Ljubljana. The event was accompanied by several concerts, demonstrations (Ca tru, Xam) and integrated performances (water puppet theatre).

The joint STG symposia attracted scholars from worldwide countries and research traditions. Those who presented their studies within the scope of Applied Ethnomusicology STG included: Kirstie Gillespie, Catherine Grant, Elizabeth Mackinlay, Huib Schippers (Australia), Rodrigo Caballero, Klisala Harrison and Leila Qashu (Canada), Panikos Giorgoudes (Cyprus), Britta Sweers (Germany), Davide D'Allo (Italy), Yoshiko Okazaki (Japan), Tan Sooi Beng (Malaysia), Saemund Fiskvik and Kjell Skyllstad (Norway), Manuela Magno (Portugal), Elena Shishkina (Russia), Hideaki Onishi, Pamela Costes Onishi and Joe Peters (Singapore), Bernhard Bleibinger (South Africa), Lasanthi Manaranjanie Kalinga Dona (Sri Lanka), Esbjörn Wettermark (Sweden/UK), Mary Saurman and Victoria Vorreiter (Thailand/USA), Barley Norton and Tina K. …