Call for Papers for the 2nd Conference of the ICTMD Nordic-Baltic Network

Cultural Self-Determination: Construction and Representation of Music and Dance Practices in Public Domain Performances

  • TIME: 26-30 May 2025
  • PLACE: Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Riga, Latvia

Call for Papers
Public domain performances of music and dance practices (e.g. concerts, festivals, multimedia) are important tools of cultural construction and representation. Their efficacy depends on how they help the interactive process of the multisensory exchange of symbols between performers and audiences for coordinating and shaping meaningful experiences. When decision-makers of public domain performances consider performers simply executors of their ideas rather than equal partners, a trend towards standardisation, which runs against the cultural diversity of everyday life, is particularly evident. Therefore, issues arising between performers and decision-makers, including those of construction, stratification, equality, and ethics in everything from the processes of performativity to the composition of the stakeholders, become crucial also for questions of cultural self-determination in public domain performances.
This symposium is intended as a platform for the elaboration of practice models of music and dance performances that strengthen the cultural self-determination rearticulated as part of a sustainable, community-based process rather than solely as narrowly constructed political or legal entitlements. The three needs of the self-determination theory are basic to this discussion: autonomy, competence and relatedness. Self-determination is furthermore a condition that is asserted and acted upon. From this perspective, initiatives based on the potential of partnerships between academia and society in the field of cultural self-determination become significant for the issue of stewardship rather than ownership and also of resilience as a strategy to help sustain a community’s expressive culture. Thus, the construction and representation of music and dance practices in public domain performances take on particular significance within the cultural self-determination processes.

Keynote speaker: Ignazio Macchiarella (University of Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy)

We invite proposals for individual presentations, panels, roundtables and posters.

Please note that participants are limited to a single presentation.

Research papers should be based on original research that addresses the conference theme and should not have already been presented.

Please indicate clearly your preferred format. If you have any questions about the programme or the suitability of a proposal, please contact the Programme Chair. Colleagues are advised to bring alternative modes of presentation delivery if using PowerPoint, DVD, and so on in case of unexpected technical difficulties on the day of presentation.

Individual presentations

Please submit an abstract between 250 to 300 words. Accepted individual presentations will be grouped by the Programme Committee into sessions of one and a half hours. Each presentation will be allotted 20 minutes inclusive of all illustrations, audio-visual media or movement examples, plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion.


We encourage presentations in the form of panels. Proposals may be submitted for panels consisting of at least three presenters. The structure is at the discretion of the coordinator. The proposal must explain the overall purpose, the role of the individual participants, and signal the commitment of all participants attending the conference.

Please submit a short summary (between 250 to 300 words) of the panel overview and an individual paper proposal for each presenter as described under “Individual presentations” above. All of the proposals for a panel should be sent together.


We also encourage presentations in the form of roundtables. They provide opportunities for participants to discuss a subject with each other and with members of the audience. Roundtables should include at least four but no more than five presenters. We encourage formats that stimulate discussion and audience participation.

The organiser will solicit position papers of up to 15 minutes from each presenter and will facilitate questions and discussion for the remaining time. The structure is at the discretion of the convener who will chair the event. The proposal must explain the overall purpose, the role of the individual participants, and signal the commitment of all participants to attend the conference. The total length of a roundtable will be one and a half hours inclusive of all discussions.

Please submit a short summary (between 250 to 300 words) of the roundtable overview and individual proposals for each participant. All of the proposals should be submitted by the session organiser.

Poster presentations

We also invite proposals for poster presentations up to 10 minutes long. Accepted poster presentations will be grouped by the Programme Committee into one session of the conference’s programme. Please submit an abstract between 250 to 300 words.

Join the conference

Colleagues who wish to join the conference discussions and opportunities for the sharing of knowledge and ideas but not make formal presentations are also cordially invited to attend and participate.

Where to send proposals?

Proposals should be submitted to:

The text should be pasted into the body of the email and also sent as a “Word Document” or “Rich Text Format” (RTF) attachment to assure access. Please label all communications clearly with your full contact details.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 November 2024.
Notification of acceptance/rejection of papers to applicants will take place by 31 January 2025.
A draft programme will be announced on 17 February 2025.

Programme committee:

Anda Beitāne, chair ()

Ardian Ahmedaja

Karin Larsson Eriksson

Elina Seye

If you have a deadline for funding applications for travel, accommodation, and so on, please notify the chair of the Programme Committee Anda Beitāne () of your deadline date.

Costs: The registration fee of EUR 50 includes technical equipment and service, abstract printing and coffee breaks. Participants are responsible for travel and accommodation expenses.



The conference will take place at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (
at Krišjāņa Barona iela 1 in central Riga (

The Riga International Airport ( is serviced by a number of airlines ( The Riga city centre is a 20-minute bus or taxi ride from Riga International Airport.

Bus No. 22 (frequency every 10 to 30 minutes) provides direct service between the airport and the city centre. At the airport, look for the bus stop located opposite the main entrance/exit from the terminal, behind the car park P1.

Looking forward to seeing you in Riga!

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