Call for Papers: 26th CHIME Conference – Sustainability and Chinese Music

University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover, Germany
Center for World Music, University of Hildesheim, Germany
3-6th Oct 2024

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.
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International Conference: “Ming 命 as life-conditioning force and as malleable fate: Perspectives from old(er) age.”

Ghent University, Belgium
16-18th Dec 2024
Deadline: 20th Jun 2024

Ming 命, often translated as ‘command’, ‘allotment’, ‘fate’, and more generally ‘life’, has up till today deeply pervaded Chinese societies. Within its continuous development in the three teachings (Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism), ming has seen most of its intellectual debate in Confucian and later Neo-Confucian thought. In folk belief, ming knowns many interpretations and related practices, such as geomancy (fengshui 风水), fortune telling (suanming 算命), and face and palm reading (mianxiang 面相; shouxiang 首相).

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