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


[Many thanks to Gavin Webb for bringing this item to our attention.] ICTM Study-Group in-the-making on Music and Dance in Latin America and the Caribbean has sent out a call for papers for a Symposium 2018: Music, Sound, Dance and Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean. The symposium will take place at the Center for Musical and Scenic Arts (CIAMEN) at the University of the Republic of Uruguay, May 17-19, 2018, in Salto, Uruguay. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018.

Description and Guidelines: 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 ( 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.

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 minutes) • 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 Date: Please submit proposals via email to by January 15, 2018. All proposals should include names, a short biography and institutional affiliation, email, and technical tools needed for presentation. [. . .]

You can also access more details on the symposium, the venue, and costs (in Spanish, Portuguese and English) at

For further information on Salto and other accommodation options see:

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