14th International CHIME Conference

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14th International CHIME Conference

Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), Brussels

18-22 November 2009


What are the future prospects for numerous musical genres (and instruments and stylistical traits) from China and East Asia's past ? This theme will be explored at the 14th international conference of the European Foundation for Chinese Music Research (CHIME), to be hosted by the Musical Instruments Museum in Brussels (MIM) from 18 to 22 November 2009. The conference is a scholarly meeting, open to anyone interested in Chinese and East Asian music. We invite 20-minute papers and 90-minute panels on a broad range of issues related to the conference theme, such as:

- Development, preservation and reconstruction of musical instruments

- Preservation and continuation of traditional and 'folk' music

- Reconstruction or re-emergence of historical genres

- Continuation of elements from the past in reinvented traditions & new music

- Conservation and use of recordings, fieldwork materials and collected objects

Abstracts of 200 to (maximum) 300 words are now invited for individual papers. Proposers may also submit panel sessions of a maximum of 90 minutes (including discussion). In that case, a separate abstract should detail the focus of the panel as a whole, and individual abstracts should be added for each contribution. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 April 2009. There are possibilities for early acceptance of papers for those who need to rely on this for grant applications (please indicate the need for urgent reply when you submit your abstract). Abstracts should be sent to the Programme Committee of the 14th CHIME, P.O.Box 11092, 2301 EB Leiden, The Netherlands, preferably by email: chime@wxs.nl

For all practical questions concerning the conference, please contact the organizer, Claire Chantrenne, at claire.chantrenne@mim.fgov.be

or via postal mail: Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), 1 rue Villa Hermosa, B-1000, Brussels, Belgium.


The 14th CHIME conference will be a part of the 2009-2010 edition of the cultural festival Europalia, devoted to China. During our 5-day meeting (arrival and registration on Wednesday afternoon, departure on Sunday afternoon), we expect to offer participants a fascinating programme of Chinese concerts and recitals, ranging from opera to puppet theatre, from contemporary music and dance to rural ethnic traditions. The MIM, the Palais des Beaux-Arts and other venues in Brussels will host several major exhibitions devoted to Chinese musical instruments, Chinese puppetry and folklore. More details to follow soon.

See for regular updates also the website of CHIME:


CHIME, European Foundation for Chinese Music Research

P.O. Box 11092, 2301 EB Leiden, The Netherlands

Visiting address Chime: Gerecht 1, 2311 TC Leiden

Tel 071-5133974 / 5133123 Fax: 071-5123183

E-mail: chime@wxs.nl Website: http://home.wxs.nl/~chime

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