2nd Call for papers: ‘Contrasts in Chinese Music’ 22nd CHIME meeting

Beijing, P.R. China
19-22nd Sept 2019
Deadline: 31st Mar 2019

European Foundation for Chinese Music Research CHIME
Chinese Music Research Institute, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing

We would like to remind you of the upcoming CHIME meeting in September in Beijing, our first gathering in the People’s Republic since the very memorable CHIME meeting held in Yulin (Shaanxi) in 2006! We are very proud that our host, this time, will be the Central Conservatory off Music in Beijing. The dates are 19 to 22 September 2019. As usual, you can expect a lively event, packed with live concerts, panels, films, paper sessions, workshops and more. 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 (co-featuring the formidable ConTempo Ensemble from Beijing), but also more local style traditional types of music of various kinds (we currently think of inviting a rural opera ensemble from Shaanxi, but we will keep you posted about our ultimate plans!)
If you would like to submit a panel or paper proposal, please bear in mind that the deadline is at the end of this month! (For more on this see down below).

China is a country of contrasts. Its many musical traditions represent different, often opposite realms of culture and ways of life. 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.

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, 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: chime@wxs.nl ; abstracts in Chinese (for papers or panels in Chinese) should be forwarded to yyxyjs@ccom.edu.cn

For more on the conference, you can check www.chimemusic.nl