Wednesday, February 3, 2010

International Council on Traditional Music : Ireland

The Irish Section of ICTM will be holding its 5th annual conference at  Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick on 26th-28th February 2010.

The ICTM is a global organisation associated with UNESCO, which  promotes the study and preservation of  ethnic musics of every kind. The Irish section provides a network and resources for the academic study of Irish traditional musics and for researchers investigating other musical traditions around the word.

Employing the broad theme "Ensembles/Playing Together", this conference will bring together over thirty contributors from all over Ireland, and from as far afield as Japan, Singapore and the United States. 

Their papers range from such topics as:  Sufi music and identity; the recording industry's creation of 'bands'; technology, music and personhood, and how Irish and Senegalese musicians work together, and the nostalgic role of Mexican music to American migrants.

A special panel will focus on the internal dynamics of Irish Flute and Drum bands on both sides of the border, and our Keynote Speaker will be Professor Tim Cooley, (University of California, Santa Barbara), former editor of the SEM Journal "" and Author of important research text "Shadows in the Field" (2008). His keynote address will be on the subject of Californian Surfing Culture and its Music.

He will be introduced by Professor Mícheál O'Súilleabháin (Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick) at our keynote event to be held at the Georgian House, Pery Square at 6pm, Saturday 27th February.

All other proceedings will take place in the main building of Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road.

Attendance for the weekend conference for non-members of ICTM costs €40 (€30 for students).

A full programme of presentations, details of accomodation in the city and facilities for online registration are available at  HTTP://WWW.ICTM.IE

Specific queries about the conference or the ICTM should be directed to: