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Call for papers: 20th CHIME on 'Festivals' 
Los Angeles, 29 March-2 April 2017



CHIME's 20th International Conference will be held in Los Angeles between 29 March and 2 April 2017. The hosting institution is the World Music Center of the Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, with generous sponsorship from the UCLA Confucius Institute.


Conference themes: The main theme of the conference is "Chinese and East Asian music in Festivals." In acknowledgement of the ongoing Dunhuang project collaboration between UCLA, the UCLA Confucius Institute and the Getty Center, a second theme is performing arts of western China and its neighbours. In addition, as always, we are interested in new research on other aspects of Chinese and East Asian music.

























Coastal California, with its local Chinese communities, Mediterranean climate and abundance of regional art festivals, seems a fitting environment for a celebratory CHIME conference on the topic of "Chinese and East Asian music in Festivals." Festivals are a major framework for a good deal of ceremonial, ritual and calendrical music making in rural traditional China, and also in neighbouring countries. But that is not all. Music festivals – of a different, more modern signature – have become an important part of present-day urban culture in East Asia; and the success of a lot of Chinese and East Asian music on international stages largely depends on performances in the framework of foreign art festivals. All these facts have induced us to take up the topic and to examine in more detail the role of Chinese and East Asian music in festival contexts. We invite papers on any aspect of this theme, and would also like to invite other suitable proposals and suggestions which could turn this special edition of the annual international CHIME meeting into a festive and worthy occasion! 



AV equipment: UCLA's rooms have Macintosh computers with projectors for PowerPoint, etc. We can also show DVDs and play CDs. Alternatively, you can bring your own laptop.



Proposals: We invite proposals for the following types of presentations:

--20-minute individual paper, to be followed by 10 minutes of questions

--organized panel of three or four 20-minute papers, allowing 10 minutes of questions for each

--film showing

--workshop on a particular performance genre

--roundtable on a particular topic

--poster presentation



For a 20-minute individual paper, a film showing, or a poster presentation, please submit a 300-word abstract that has a descriptive title and explains clearly the content of the proposed presentation. For film proposals, include the length of the film. Please include your name and email address.



For an organized panel, please provide a panel title and a 300-word abstract of the overall panel, along with titles and 100- to 200-word abstracts for each individual paper. Please provide the names and email addresses of all panel members.



For workshops and roundtables, please provide a descriptive title and a 300-word abstract of what is proposed. Please include the names and email addresses of all participants.



All proposals should be sent to Subject line should read CHIME 2017 PROPOSAL. Your submission will be acknowledged within a day or two to confirm receipt, so if you haven't received such acknowledgement after a week or so, please request confirmation.



Special note on poster presentations: We explicitly invite proposals for presentations in poster format. We view these as a full-fledged alternative to panels and individual papers, and a very effective format to introduce research topics in more depth. The poster session works a bit like an exhibition or a "market," with a crowd moving around freely and individually, and presenters introducing their research on posters (with photos, graphs, music notations, etc.), and with the help of music and film samples on laptops, and with individual explanations at greater length than one could manage within the standard 20-minute spoken paper format. We expect to reserve a generous timeslot for the poster session (several hours or one entire afternoon), with no parallel activities taking place. With the number of presenters who may be coming to this special iteration of CHIME in Los Angeles, it may also be the only way to ensure that everyone with interesting data and viewpoints can be accommodated!



Programme committee members: 

Helen REES (UCLA, chair), CHENG Zhiyi (Shanghai-based filmmaker), François Picard (Université Paris-Sorbonne), WU Fan (East China Normal University)


Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2016 


Notification of acceptance or rejection: by 1 January 2017



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