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Sustainability and Chinese Music

University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover, Germany

Center for World Music, University of Hildesheim, Germany

Leibniz-Konfuzius-Institut Hannover e.V. 德国汉诺威莱布尼茨孔子学院

3-6 October 2024

Call for Papers 

Theme: Sustainability and Chinese Music 


Urgent contemporary challenges have brought sustainability (可持续性) into sharp focus as a basic concern across musical worlds and research into music and sound. What are the historical and contemporary threats to the vibrancy of traditions and practices in Chinese music (technological, economic, political developments) and how have people acted to secure dynamic futures (heritage work, education, advocacy)? How has Chinese music been affected by the acute climate and environmental crisis, and can it become a potent force for change? Against these backdrops, how do individual musicians and researchers build lasting careers? 


We welcome the following forms of proposal engaging with the broad theme of sustainability and Chinese music:  


1. Individual paper (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions): submit an abstract of max. 250 words 

2. Panel sessions of three to four papers: submit a panel abstract of max. 250 words plus abstracts of max. 200 words for each contribution 

3. Performances, workshops, film screenings or roundtable discussions: submit an abstract of 250 words; please indicate the length of the contribution.

Abstracts should include name(s), affiliation(s) and contact details of all participants.

The primary languages of our meeting are English and Chinese. We encourage speakers to bring summaries or translations of their presentations to be made available to all conference participants.


The best student paper presented at the conference will be awarded with the CHIME Award, a prize of 500 Euros and (subject to standard procedures of editing and peer review) publication of the finalized version of the paper in the CHIME Journal.



Please send the information requested to the programme committee at by 5 May 2024. (Note: this mail address includes ‘Heidelberg’, but the actual meeting will definitely take place in Hannover and Hildesheim.)

Acceptance notifications will be sent by the end of May 2024, along with confirmation of the conference registration fee and other preliminary details. 


Programme Committee 

Du Yongfei (Chair), University of Music Drama and Media Hannover/Center for World Music – University of Hildesheim

Michael Fuhr, University of Music Drama and Media Hannover/University of Hildesheim

Samuel Horlor, Music Dept, University of Durham, UK

Li Shuqin, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China

Raimund Vogels, Center for World Music – University of Hildesheim

Zhang Boyu, School of Music, Chin Univerity of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China

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