Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

Program Committee Report

Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

Program Committee Report

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by J. Lawrence Witzleben, Program Chair

The Program Committee received 630 proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, and films. The final program featured 491 participants (including panel chairs, discussants, and roundtable participants). Although there were some inevitable last-minute cancellations, the fact that presenters were required to register well in advance significantly reduced the number of ?no shows' in this year's conference.

The Program Committee of Samuel Araújo, Dan Bendrups, Salwa ElShawan Castelo Branco, Frederick Lau, Alvin Petersen, Svanibor Pettan, and Xiao Mei did a marvellous job of formulating conference themes that had considerable cross-cultural appeal. As a result, along with the expected large number of participants from China, significant numbers from Southeast Asia and Kazakhstan, a sizeable contingent from much of Africa, and participants from nearly every country in Europe made this a truly international conference.

On each day of the conference, a plenary session focusing on one of the conference themes was organized based on paper proposals that had been very highly rated by the Committee members. The presenters in these sessions were also selected with a mind to including a broad representation of nationalities, locales and genres being discussed, topics within the themes, and theoretical orientations, and the Committee also intentionally chose a mixture of junior, senior, and midcareer scholars. …

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