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Call for papers: 

‘Contrasts in Chinese Music’



22nd CHIME meeting, Beijing, China, 19-22 September 2019

Chinese Music Research Institute,

Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing

























China is a country of contrasts. Its many musical traditions represent different, often opposite realms of culture and ways of life. From 19 to 22 September 2019, in the 22nd edition of the annual international CHIME meeting, we aim to investigate these musical contrasts, from as many angles as possible. Such as: ‘official’ musical stage and media concerts pitted against local or underground music events, high-brow ancient court music versus ceremonial state music today, popular versus elite and ‘low’ versus ‘high’ traditions, written versus oral music, composed versus improvised and inherited repertoires, art music as compared to functional music, and so forth. 


The challenge is to sort out not just what sets musicians, repertoires, pieces or musical gestures apart, but also to examine their possible hidden connections, in spite of all the evident contrasts.


As usual, we expect a lively event, with panels, films, paper sessions, concerts, and workshops. The evident nearness and availability of first rate Chinese performers is likely to secure us a first-rate programme of fringe concerts and recitals, with room for contemporary Chinese music, conservatory style performances , but also more local style traditional types of music of various kinds.


The languages of the meeting are English and Chinese. We very much encourage speakers to bring summaries or translations of their presentations, which we can hand out or (preferably) include in our book of abstracts. 

The Organising Committee for the 2019 Meeting will consist of Jia Guoping, Song Jin, Tang Qiong, Li Shuqin (based at the Chinese Music Research Institute of CCOM) and Frank Kouwenhoven (CHIME). 


The Abstract Review Committee will consist of Frank Kouwenhoven (CHIME), Barbara Mittler (University of Heidelberg), Luo Qin (Shanghai Conservatory of Music), Li Shuqin, Song Jin and Zhang Boyu (Central Conservatory, Beijing) and Andreas Steen (Aarhus University Denmark).


Abstracts of around 300 words are invited for individual posters or for twenty-minute presentations on the conference theme. (Please indicate specifically if you are not willing to offer your presentation as a poster, and can only present it as a spoken 20-minute lecture). 


Proposers may also submit panel sessions of a maximum of 120 minutes (including discussion). In this case, an abstract of around 300 words should detail the focus of the panel as a whole, with abstracts of 100-200 words for each contribution.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 March, 2019. Notification of acceptance or rejection will take place by 15 April, 2019. An early acceptance policy will be implemented for those in need of conference confirmation for grant or visa applications.


Please note that we have two different e-mail addresses for the Programme Committee:

- abstracts in English (for papers or panels in English) should be forwarded to:

- abstracts in Chinese (for papers or panels in Chinese) should be forwarded to  


For more on the conference, you can check 


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