Call for Papers

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Symposium on Scientific Approaches in Sound and Movement Research

20–23 September 2018





The Symposium is organized by a group of scholars within the ICTM that works with a transdisciplinary mindset within the wide fields of Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology. To connect researchers, the Institute of Ethnomusicology of the University of Music and Performing Arts hosts the 1st Symposium on Scientific Approaches in Sound and Movement Research in Graz, Austria.

The core subject of the group is research of sound and/or movement which is based in inter- or transdisciplinary approaches incorporating the wide spectrum of the different sciences. This includes fields such as natural sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and formal sciences, social sciences, cognitive sciences and many more. It aims at bringing together scholars in ethnomusicology, ethnochoreology, or the anthropology of music and dance, who apply research approaches located at the interface of their own fields of study and the above-mentioned disciplines. Furthermore, it seeks to support the promotion and dissemination of already existing research as well as triggering new projects, and fostering cooperations and mutual support in such transdisciplinary projects.

We invite all scholars from any of the above-mentioned fields to be part of the group.



1) Methods in Movement and Sound Capture and Analysis

2) Current Research

see below for detailed Information


Important Dates

            Submission Deadline (Abstract):                          Notification: 18.04.2018
extended: 23.03.2018      




1) Methods in Movement and Sound Capture and Analysis

The capturing and analysis of dance and music play a vital role in ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology. They can deliver insights into sound and movement structures, and their cultural contextualizations. Many techniques and methods for capturing and analyzing have been developed, established, but also rejected over the years. With the continuous development of technological possibilities and the rethinking of theoretical approaches, the topic prevails to be the source of discussions. Presentations within this topic can include, but are not limited to, the extension, modification or reinterpretation of established techniques, the development of innovative approaches of capturing and analysis, or the applicability of new methods to fieldwork situations. We explicitly invite introductions to new research possibilities based on current technological developments, and theoretical modeling of music and / or dance.


2) Current Research

We invite participants to present their ongoing original research. The topics are not restricted and can for example give insight into current projects, address innovative approaches to classic problems, or discuss theoretical implications of contemporary research frameworks. Scholars are encouraged to present results as well as problems, theories and more.





Long Paper: Presentation (oral) of 20 min, with 10 min discussion

Short Paper: Presentation (oral) of 10 min, with   5 min discussion

Poster:            Poster presentation (DIN-A0)

Panel:            Organized session with coherent presentations on a chosen topic

                        (Presentation 60 min + Discussion 30 min)

Round Table: Organized discussion of selected scholars on a chosen topic

                        (Total: 90 min including discussants individual statements)


Practice Work:

Workshop:    Session with active engagement of participants

Tech Demo:  Presentation of new technological artifacts (virtual, real, …)

Media:           Presentation of own media such as Audio, Film, Visualizations, …


Remote Presentation:

To be able to connect all researchers interested in the given topic, we want to facilitate presentations for those who cannot be present in person. For this reason, the possibility of a remote presentation (streaming, video, …) is available. Please let us know in your submission if you are interested.


We are open to suggestions of additional presentation formats. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions you might have.




Proposals will be submitted online. Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words) of your intended presentation via the link on our web page. Additionally, kindly provide information about the type of your presentation, as well as all needed technical equipment as stated in the submission form. For more detailed or specific equipment, please contact the local organizers.

The deadline for submitting an abstract is extended until Friday, 23 March 2018. Notification about your submission will be announced by 18 April 2018. If you have a deadline for funding applications, please let us know when sending in your proposal.





To present at the symposium, you must be a member in good standing of the ICTM for 2018. ICTM membership applications are available at the ICTM website:


For membership questions, please contact the ICTM Secretariat:








For further information, such as program, local accommodation, registration, and more, please visit our website:


Or contact the local organizers:




Christopher Dick, Kendra Stepputat





Steering Committee

Christopher Dick, Flora HENDERSON, Lukas PARK, Kendra Stepputat