The 17th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance - Call for Proposals (deadline 25 May 2018)

Event date: 6-9 December 2018
Event location: Western Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth WA
Websitehttp://msa.org.au/Main.asp?_=2018WAConf&FormID=269

The 17th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance will be held in association with the 41st MSA National Conference in Perth in December 2018. The Symposium invites proposals for presentations that explore mystery and power in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander song. Presentations may seek to address broad questions including:

  • Is mystery integral to a song's power and, if so, how?
  • As song traditions become increasingly endangered, do songs become more or less powerful?
  • With few records or singers, how much can we really know about critically-endangered song traditions?
  • How can we, as individuals and communities involved in music revitalisation, be sure that we are engaging appropriately with old songs that may hold unknown power?

How can technology be leveraged to support the maintenance of mystery in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songs?