Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

National Committee Report - Austria

Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

National Committee Report - Austria

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The annual meeting of the ICTM National Committee Austria took place in Innsbruck, June 18 - 19, 2010. The symposium was dedicated to the situation of young academics in Austria. The participants raised the question of whether there was sufficient national and international sponsorship and individual promotion for young academics in ethnomusicology? How successful is the Mentoring Program for Women Academics and Scientists at the University of Vienna? The National Committee had invited four young academics to Innsbruck. In the first part they were provided the opportunity to present their current research activities, i. e. their respective PhD projects:

Hande SAGLAM, "Zur Asik- Tradition in Sivas/Mittelanatolien"

Pei Ju TSAI, "Chinesische Musikinstrumente in der modernen Musik"

Wei-Ya LIN, "Musik im Leben der Tao: Tradition und Innovation"

Bernd BRABEC DE MORI, "Die Lieder der richtigen Menschen. Musikalische Kulturanthropologie in Westamazonien".

On the next day the small-sized symposium was continued by a colloquium, where we addressed the actual situation of young academics in Austria. In the course of the discussion it emerged that the senior scientists among us were rather concerned with the question whether our educational programs at the universities really met the requirements of the future. Questions as "Is field research still the core of ethnomusicology?" or "Do we need a better theoretical framework and more wellgrounded intra-disciplinary discourse?" were raised. …

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