International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Call for Papers: Third Symposium of MAAGSA in Bangladesh July 11-13, 2024

The Third Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Study Group on Music and Allied Arts of Greater South Asia is scheduled to take place at the Department of Dance, Dhaka University, Bangladesh, July 11-13, 2024.  The theme of the Study Group meeting this year will be “The Climate Crisis and its Impact on the Arts.”  We encourage papers and panels that address this theme as well as a wide range of other issues concerning South Asian music and allied arts (e.g. dance, poetry, drama and visual arts) from contemporary and historical perspectives.  We especially welcome contributions that consider the position of such arts, or their makers, within broader contexts of interaction—including but not limited to conservation, displacement, crisis management, migration, globalization, diaspora studies, digital media, and sensual or ideological encounters in the course of performance.  As in our previous symposium, we wish to embrace a diversity of approaches and subject matter.  We envision several panels which encourage conversation between local Bangladeshi scholars and ICTM members, and welcome suggestions for panels that foster this interaction. Dhaka University will, for a modest fee, provide local accommodations for foreign participants whose abstracts have been accepted. Information regarding registration fees will be forthcoming. The papers presented in conjunction with the study group symposium will be in English and Bengali.

The following presentation formats will be considered:

  1. Individual research papers
  2. Roundtable discussions
  3. Poster sessions
  4. Film screenings with Q&A
  5. Lecture demonstrations

Abstract: Your  abstract should be 150-200 words, and should describe the topic, the research on which it is based, and its relevance to the theme, the region, or the goals of the study group more broadly (see:  Please indicate your audiovisual requirements and contact information along with the abstract of your paper on the following form: abstract submission.  Although ICTM members in good standing are particularly urged to submit proposals, we also welcome proposals from scholars who might decide to join the ICTM in the future.  The deadline for abstracts is November 15, 2023.  The committee will notify selected participants by January 1st 2024.

Those who wish to join ICTM but are unable to owing to “unavoidable economical, financial, or other constraints” are invited to apply for supported memberships (click here).

Joining the MAAGSA Study Group involves no dues and is open to all scholars and practitioners interested in our ongoing conversation. Please click here to join.