International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania

The Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania (SGMDO) is an informal association of scholars within the ICTM who share interests in the study of music and dance of Oceania. They meet when opportunities arise to discuss their research and periodically exchange information through an internal newsletter. Special meetings have been held in Australia in 1988, 1995, 2001 and 2010; Germany in 1993; Japan in 1999; Palau in 2004; Hawai'i in 2006, Papua New Guinea in 2014, and Guam in 2016. Informal gatherings have been held on other occasions, such as the Festivals of Pacific Arts and the Melanesian Arts Festivals, and in conjunction with meetings of other scholarly societies in which SGMDO members participated. In 2001 members of the Study Group published the book Traditionalism and Modernity in the Music and Dance of Oceania in honour of study group founder Barbara Smith, in 2007 the book Oceanic Music Encounters: the Print Resource and the Human Resource: Essays in Honour of Mervyn McLean, and in 2017 the book A Distinctive Voice in the Antipodes: Essays in Honour of Stephen A. Wild.

The Study Group offers contributions toward travel to its symposia for Pacific Islanders and Indigenous Australians through the Music and Dance of Oceania Travel Award. This fund is managed by the Study Group and provides opportunities to participate in symposia, and on special occasions, a World Conference. The award is also aimed at encouraging more participation from currently under-represented areas of Oceania within ICTM activities. The establishment of the award was generously funded by Barbara B. Smith. For further information, contact the Chair .

Contact

Dr. Georgia Curran Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
University of Syndey
georgia.curran@sydney.edu.au
 

"Responding to Archival Collections through Song"

"Responding to Archival Collections through Song" presented by Jodie Kell and Steven Gagau, February 2024. [ watch on YouTube ]

‘Understanding Ceremonial Exchange at Indigenous Festivals

‘‘Understanding ceremonial exchange at Indigenous festivals” presented by Reuben Brown, Rupert Manmurulu, Renfred Manmurulu, Jenny Manmurulu, and Tamia Manmurulu, November 2023.

Dirna arrun (we hold it): Archival collections and living knowledge of Junba in the Kimberley, northwest Australia

Peter Myadooma O’Connor and Sally Treloyn presented on ‘Dirna arrun (we hold it): Archival collections and living knowledge of Junba in the Kimberley, northwest Australia’. If you would like to watch the recording of this seminar please contact Sally Treloyn sally.treloyn@gmail.com or Pete O'Connor p.oconnor@dambi.org.au’.

September 2023 Newsletter.

Please find here a copy of our September 2023 newsletter.

CFP for the 11th Symposium of the ICTMD Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania

Attached please find the CFP for the 11th Symposium of the ICTMD Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania, to be held in Honolulu, 4th-5th June 2024

“Ripple Effect Band”

Please click on this link to view the presentation by Jodie Kell and Tara Rostron on 10th August 2023: "Ripple Effect Band."

Approved 2022 SGMDO meeting notes

Please find here the 2022 SGMDO meeting notes which the group approved in Ghana.
 

April 2023 Newsletter

Please find here a copy of our April 2023 newsletter.

Jessica ‘Radiation Songs & Remembering Justice’.

Please click on this link to view the presentation by Jessica Schwartz on 8 June 2023: ‘Radiation Songs & Remembering Justice’.

 

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