There are two upcoming CHIME meetings in 2023, to be held in Lisbon (Portugal) in Spring, and in Heidelberg (Germany) in Autumn! Detailed announcements will follow, but for the first meeting, in Lisbon, see further down below.

Upcoming CHIME meetings: Lisbon and Heidelberg 

The two upcoming conferences in Lisbon and in Heidelberg will address very different topics, and will work with different programme committees. Acceptance of any paper proposal by you in the Lisbon conference will not in diminish your chances for acceptance (with a different abstract) in the Heidelberg one. For details, check out our full announcements. The Lisbon meeting will focus on ‘Chinese musical instruments’, the meeting in Heidelberg on ‘Chinese music and authenticity’.

CHIME needs your help

CHIME is looking for a handful of young people to help us set up a Coordinating Committee for CHIME (CCC). If you’d like to get more closely involved in our on-going activities – the website, the newsletter, the journal, the annual conferences – as a co-organizer and initiator, for a period of two or three years, please do not hesitate to contact CHIME!

The Committee membership is an unpaid job, but it obviously comes with its own rewards in terms of our conferences, positive responses to our publications and other activities, and some wider visibility for the Committee members in the world of international Chinese musical scholarship.   

For CHIME, it’s important to allow CHIME to continue its unique functions as a platform of international exchange in Chinese music, also in the future. The present members of the CHIME Board cannot be in charge of affairs forever, so we need younger people to step in and help us. For more information, or simply to put your name on a list of candidates, do not hesitate to contact Frank Kouwenhoven ( ).

24th International CHIME Conference  / 6th Lisbon conference: 

Chinese Music and Musical Instruments

Lisbon/Mafra, Portugal 9–13 May 2023: Call for Papers

Lisbon has been a warm and welcoming place for scholars of Chinese music ever since CCCM, the Macao Scientific and Cultural Centre in Lisbon, started its formidable series of meetings on Chinese Music and Musical Instruments in 2016. This is already the sixth annual edition of that series, as well as the second time that Lisbon hosts an international CHIME conference. The event will take place under the patronage of Fundação Jorge Álvares, with additional support from the Municipality of Mafra, who will host the final two days of our conference at the National Palace of Mafra. The first three days will be held at CCCM.

Organizing institutions:

*        The Macao Scientific and Cultural Centre in Lisbon

*        The European Foundation for Chinese Music Research (CHIME)

*        The Municipality of Mafra

*        The Institute of Ethnomusicology oft the New University of Lisbon

*        The Confucius Institutes of the Universities of Aveiro and Minho.


Apart from the overall theme of Chinese musical instruments, we identify the following sub-themes:

*     Music and musical instruments of indigenous groups in China

*     Chinese musical instruments in Western collections

*     Chinese musical instruments in Western iconography

As in every CHIME meeting, CHIME also provides some room for presentations on ongoing research in Chinese music. We look forward to an exciting programme, including some fine new music documentaries, recitals of yangqin and liuqin and other instruments, and a live performance of shadow theatre.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee for the Lisbon conference will consist of Frank Kouwenhoven (CHIME, The Netherlands), François Picard (Emeritus Professor of Université Paris-Sorbonne), Helen Rees (Department of Ethnomusicology, Herb Alpert School of Music, UCLA, Los Angeles) and Enio de Souza (Instituto de Etnomusicologia, Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança/FCSH/UNL).


CHIME invites students, scholars and artists in the realm of Chinese music to submit proposals for individual papers or panels, or posters. Speakers from the People’s Republic of China and from other parts of Asia are explicitly welcome to join us.


*    For individual posters or for twenty-minute presentations on the conference theme, please submit an abstract of around 300 words 

*    For panel sessions, which should not exceed 120 minutes, please submit an abstract of around 300 words detailing the focus of the panel as a whole, plus abstracts of 100–200 words for each contribution. 

*    Please add a short personal bio (of 100-200 words) to your abstract.

The conference and presentations will primarily be held in English.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 February 2023. Notification of acceptance or rejection will take place by 15 February 2023. Submitters who depend on early acceptance for grant or visa applications may contact us to request earlier decisions.

All abstracts and all enquiries should be directed to the Programme Committee of the 24th Chime meeting, c/o Frank Kouwenhoven, email: For more on the conference, you can also check, where we will publish regular updates.

Other meetings:

Call for Proposals: Thirteenth International Doctoral Workshop in Ethnomusicology, 20th-23rd June 2023

The Center for World Music at the University of Hildesheim and Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media are pleased to announce the thirteenth annual workshop for PhD candidates in ethnomusicology. Through paper presentations, discussion and working groups, the workshop offers a unique environment for 16 doctoral students at the writing stage for their PhD dissertations to engage in international dialogue and exchange, and expand critical debate on recent research within the discipline. The workshop will be directed by Prof. Dr. Philip V. Bohlman (Chicago/Hanover), Dr. Yongfei Du (Hanover), Dr. Michael Fuhr (Hildesheim), and Prof. Dr. Raimund Vogels (Hildesheim/Hanover).

The organizers inivite applications from PhD candidates researching in the field of ethnomusicology or a related discipline. There are no restrictions concerning the region of study or the thematic focus. We especially encourage applications from PhD students who have completed field or archival work and are in the process of turning their research into a dissertation. Room and board will be covered by the Center for World Music and Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, but participants are expected to secure funding to cover travel costs themselves. The workshop will take place in Hildesheim, with arrival on Tuesday, 20th June and departure on Saturday, 24th June. The workshop language – presentations and discussion – will be English.

PhD candidates interested in participating should send an abstract of 250 words and a short CV (two pages maximum) by 31 st December 2022. Notification of the success of your application will be sent by the mid of January. Auditors are also welcome and must register by 15 th May 2023, but room and board will be at their won expense.

Please send all applications and inquiries to:

Dr. Yongfei Du (