International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania

The Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania (SGMDO) is an informal association of scholars within the ICTM who share interests in the study of music and dance of Oceania. They meet when opportunities arise to discuss their research and periodically exchange information through an internal newsletter. Special meetings have been held in Australia in 1988, 1995, 2001 and 2010; Germany in 1993; Japan in 1999; Palau in 2004; Hawai'i in 2006, Papua New Guinea in 2014, and Guam in 2016. Informal gatherings have been held on other occasions, such as the Festivals of Pacific Arts and the Melanesian Arts Festivals, and in conjunction with meetings of other scholarly societies in which SGMDO members participated. In 2001 members of the Study Group published the book Traditionalism and Modernity in the Music and Dance of Oceania in honour of study group founder Barbara Smith, in 2007 the book Oceanic Music Encounters: the Print Resource and the Human Resource: Essays in Honour of Mervyn McLean, and in 2017 the book A Distinctive Voice in the Antipodes: Essays in Honour of Stephen A. Wild.

The Study Group offers contributions toward travel to its symposia for Pacific Islanders and Indigenous Australians through the Music and Dance of Oceania Travel Award. This fund is managed by the Study Group and provides opportunities to participate in symposia, and on special occasions, a World Conference. The award is also aimed at encouraging more participation from currently under-represented areas of Oceania within ICTM activities. The establishment of the award was generously funded by Barbara B. Smith. For further information, contact the Chair .

Contact

Dr. Georgia Curran Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
University of Syndey
georgia.curran@sydney.edu.au
 

11th Symposium of the ICTMD Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania 4-6 June 2024

Please find attached the program for the 11th Symposium of the ICTMD Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania: Oceanic Networks of Music and Dance: Performing Continuities, Regeneration, and Resonances Across Cultures to be held in Honolulu, 4–6 June 2024. Registration link on Eventbrite.

The Tā and Vā of music, dance and performance

“The Tā and Vā of music, dance and performance” presented by Tanya Volentras, 18th April 2024. [ watch on YouTube ]

“Vitality and Change in Warlpiri Song”

“Vitality and Change in Warlpiri Song” presented by  Georgia Curran, Valerie Napaljarri Martin, Simon Japangardi Fisher, Nicolas Peterson, Linda Barwick, Myf Turpin, Petronella Vaarzon-Morel TBC, Françoise Dussart, Stephen Wild and Yukihiro Doi, 28th March 2024. [ watch on YouTube ]

Draft Programme: 11th Symposium SGMDO

Please find attached a draft programme for the 11th Symposium of the SGMDO, to be held in Honolulu in June, 2024.

"Responding to Archival Collections through Song"

"Responding to Archival Collections through Song" presented by Jodie Kell and Steven Gagau, February 2024. [ watch on YouTube ]

‘Understanding Ceremonial Exchange at Indigenous Festivals

‘‘Understanding ceremonial exchange at Indigenous festivals” presented by Reuben Brown, Rupert Manmurulu, Renfred Manmurulu, Jenny Manmurulu, and Tamia Manmurulu, November 2023.

Dirna arrun (we hold it): Archival collections and living knowledge of Junba in the Kimberley, northwest Australia

Peter Myadooma O’Connor and Sally Treloyn presented on ‘Dirna arrun (we hold it): Archival collections and living knowledge of Junba in the Kimberley, northwest Australia’. If you would like to watch the recording of this seminar please contact Sally Treloyn sally.treloyn@gmail.com or Pete O'Connor p.oconnor@dambi.org.au’.

September 2023 Newsletter.

Please find here a copy of our September 2023 newsletter.

CFP for the 11th Symposium of the ICTMD Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania

Attached please find the CFP for the 11th Symposium of the ICTMD Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania, to be held in Honolulu, 4th-5th June 2024

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