Basic information
23 August 2018 at 9:00 until 25 August 2018 at 16:00
The Hall of the Geographical Museum ZRC SAZU, Gosposka Street 13, Ljubljana

Institute of Ethnomusicology
Department of Musicology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Zavod Imago Sloveniae – Podoba Slovenije
International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM)
Cultural and Ethnomusicological Society Folk Slovenia (Slovenian National Committee of ICTM)
Balassi Institute
Forum of Slavic Cultures

Welcome to the international multidisciplinary symposium Sounds of Minorities in National Contexts, which takes place in Ljubljana on 23-25 August 2018!


Sounds / musics of minorities, ranging from indigenous people to modern migrants, count to the prominent topics in contemporary ethnomusicology. This is especially true within the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), the principal global association of ethnomusicologists and ethnochoreologists, where Music and Minorities is one of the most active and successful Study Groups. Established two decades ago, it held its first symposium in the year 2000 in Ljubljana.


The first day of the current symposium features keynote address by Ursula Hemetek, founder and first chairperson of the Study Group, a session on the position of minority musics in the Slavic world, and (only for the ICTM national representatives) a discussion about the ICTM World Network (a system of representation that presently encompasses 128 countries and regions). The second day is marked by presentations of minority music studies from Asia, Europe and Latin America, panels on music of minorities in Slovenia, and a film focussed on media education for equity and tolerance. The third day features a lecture about ethnomusicologist Mantle Hood, a panel on musics and musical instruments of indigenous people in the Americas and a round table on the place of minorities in festival contexts.


The symposium is complemented by two exhibitions: one on the ICTM Study Group Music and Minorities and the other on the centenary of Mantle Hood (1918-2005).


On behalf of the organisational committee and participating institutions, including the ICTM National Committee of Slovenia, I wish you an excellent scholarly experience and pleasant stay in Ljubljana. Like at every thematically defined annual event in this series, the symposium is complemented by concerts within the Nights in the Old Ljubljana Town festival, organised by Imago Sloveniae. Thanks to the fact that the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018, the concert program will be particularly rich. Enjoy the entire event!