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Saturday, July 19 ~Wednesday, July 23, 2014
8th International Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) "Music and Minorities" Study Group

  • Date: July 19 - July 23, 2014
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
  • Language: English
  • Sponsors: International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) "Music and Minorities" Study Group,National Museum of Ethnology
  • For information, contact the local organizing committee at: ictm2014 at
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[img]The “Music and Minorities” Study Group of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) will hold its 8th International Symposium at the National Museum of Ethnology between July 19 and July 23, 2014. Ethnomusicologist Ricardo Trimillos (Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaii) will deliver the keynote lecture. The symposium is literally international, featuring 28 paper and film presentations by colleagues from 16 countries. The presentations will be given in four themes selected for the symposium.

  1. Cultural Policy and Minorities: The link between a minority and a majority is an essential one: a minority presupposes a majority. Minority-majority interaction is therefore inevitable. Cultural policy governing minority music, dance, and expressive culture in general is one result of that interaction. This theme seeks to explore the ways in which such policy comes to being, is enacted and shapes cultural life as a whole.
  2. Tourism and Minorities: Music and dance of minority groups are an important component of tourism in many countries. They are used to promote the idea of "Authenticity" and "cultural diversity" in many places. This theme should examine the effect of tourism on the music and dance of minorities that are required to present their culture to foreign audiences in staged and artificial situations. The dynamics of the relationship between ethnography and tourism -- marked by complementarity, compromise, or conflict -- illuminates possible effects on cultural practices, musicians' employment, and local reappraisal of music and dance traditions.
  3. Gender and Sexual Minorities: Gender has been a popular topic in ethnomusicology for many decades, but for the concerns of our study group, it needs to be recontextualized. Sexuality, on the other hand, has been one of the least researched topics in our study of music and minorities and we need to include this hitherto unexplored dimension in our attempt for general theorization of the minority concept. While gender and sexuality have important differences, they also share many common features and are frequently inseparable. This theme treats gender and sexuality as one unit of inquiry as the intersection of these two identities is often crucial in understanding the complexity of the issue.
  4. New Research: For the first time in the history of the Music and Minorities study group, we have added the theme, "new research". With the growing importance of the category, minorities, and the dramatic increase in the world population of those who fall under the category, this theme seems particularly apt. Innovative and experimental approaches to the study of music and minorities will be particularly welcome.

For more information about the ICTM and the study group, please refer to the following websites.

Apart from paper and film presentations, two special events are being planned:

  1. Concert (July 20):
    The concert Over the Arirang Pass: Zainichi Korean Music Today will feature three groups of musicians from Tokyo and Osaka to introduce the diverse musical styles practiced in the Korean community in Japan. The music presented will include the pansori (a traditional narrative genre) performed in a special style for those not conversant in Korean language, songs about Korean minority experiences performed in eclectic musical styles; and music played on modified traditional Korean instruments.
  2. Excursion (July 22):
    An excursion has been organized to bring the symposium participants to the buraku minority community in the Naniwa section of Osaka city. After a guided tour of the Osaka Human Rights Museum to provide an overview of the history and culture of minority groups in Japan, we will visit the TaikoMasa Co., the largest taiko (drum) manufacturer in Osaka, to observe drum making, one of the traditional occupations of the buraku community. We will then join the annual summer festival at the local Naniwa Shrine where Ikari, the prominent drumming group of the area, will perform.


Saturday, 19 July 2014
Time Contents
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Opening ceremony
Welcome addresses:
Sudo Ken'ichi (Director-General, National Museum of Ethnology)
Ursula Hemetek (President, Music and Minorities Study Group) Introduction:
Terada Yoshitaka (Local Arrangement Committee)
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Keynote lecture
Ricardo Trimillos (USA):
Music of “minorities” as lived experience and performed identity: Japan’s Okinawa, the Philippines’ Sulu, and America’s Hawaiʻi
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Coffee/Tea break
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Paper session 1: Cultural Policy
Gisa Jähnichen (Malaysia): Stereotyping for peace: Minorities’ music and dance traditions on the Vietnamese stage
Lonán Ó Briain (United Kingdom): Debauchery and deference: Mythologizing the minorities in Vietnamese popular music culture
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Lunch
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Paper session 2: Cultural Policy
Ow Wei Chow (Malaysia): Sound of a religious minority: Mainstreaming Buddhist music in the late 1990s and the early 21st century Malaysia
Prageeth Meddegoda Chinthaka (Malaysia): Selective tolerance of Hindustani music practices in Malay musical life
Ako Mashino (Japan): Being Muslim Balinese: Music and identity in the tradition of the Sasak community in eastern Bali
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Coffee/Tea break
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Paper session 3: Cultural Policy
Wei Ya Lin (Austria/Taiwan): Let’s listen to the songs regarding the Tao (indigenous ethnic group in Taiwan)
Pirkko Moisala (Finland): Gurung musicking and cultural politics of Nepal
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Time Contents
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Paper session 4: Cultural Policy
Dan Lundberg (Sweden): Minorities and national archives
Elena Shishkina (Russia): State cultural policy of preserving and promoting traditional musical culture of ethnic minorities in Russia
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Coffee/Tea break
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Paper session 5: Cultural Policy
Tom Solomon (Norway): The play of colors: Staging multiculturalism in Norway
Sachiko Takiguchi (Japan): Refugees in Japan: Cultural policy and their musical surroundings
Kumiko Uyeda (USA): Three Ainu musicians: A legacy of resistance and synergy
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concert (at Auditorium)
Over the Arirang Pass: Zainichi Korean Music Today
Kumgangsan Opera Troupe
Ahn Sungmin
Lee Jeongmi
Monday, 21 July 2014
Time Contents
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Paper session 6: Tourism
Nancy Hao-Ming Chao (Taiwan): The effect of tourism on the music and dance of the Amis: A study on the socio-cultural change and transformation
Yves DeFrance (France): From secret rites of possession to public performances: The case of Gnawa in Morocco
Bożena Muszkalska (Poland): Wierszyna as the open-air museum of Polish musical culture in Siberia
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Coffee/Tea break
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Film screening
Bella Agrba (Republic of Adygea) with Arkadiy Dzhopua: Dance in the Abkhaz Collective Ritual Prayers (2014, 20 minutes)
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Paper session 7: Gender and Sexuality
Kai Åberg (Finland): Finnish Roma music, gender and sexuality: Opportunity, flexibility, and reflexivity
Barbara Hampton (USA): Ga women’s adaawe: A problem of feminist theory
Marko Kölbl (Austria): Female lamenting: Gender aspects in a Croatian lament tradition
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Coffee/Tea break
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tour of the Music Gallery
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Study Group Meeting
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Time Contents
12:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Excursion (to the Buraku community in Osaka City)
1) Osaka Human Rights Museum
2) TaikoMasa Co (Taiko manufacturer)
3) Summer Festival at Naniwa Shrine
4) Dinner at a local restaurant
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Time Contents
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Paper session 8: New Research
Marziet Anazarokowa (Russia): “We are dancing Adyghe dances in Turkish manner, now”: The cognitive method for studying the music and dancing folklore of Circassian (Adyghe) minority in Turkey
Marija Balubdzic-Makivic (Serbia): Vocal music improvisation and integration of Roma youth: The case of GRUBB
Jun’ichiro Suwa (Japan): The embodiment of cultural capital among Roma Lautari in Romania
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Coffee/Tea break
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Paper session 9: New Research
Anne Caufriez (Belgium): The fado, the expression of a minority
Rinko Fujita (Austria): Chindon-ya: A social minority in the modern Japanese society
Mia Nakamura (Japan): The 2011 Japan earthquake and music
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Lunch
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Paper session 10: New Research
Shino Arisawa (Japan): The role of music in “ethnic education” at overseas Chinese schools in Japan
Dae-Cheol Sheen (South Korea): The North Korean music as minority music in South Korea
Johannes Brusila (Finland): (Self-)ironic playing with minority identities: Humoristic music videos as an empowering tool among minorities in Finland
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Coffee/Tea break
4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Final discussion
5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Closing ceremony