|Temple University Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society Folk Arts Studies|
OPEN CALL FOR PAPERS
THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON SAFEGUARDING AND PROMOTION OF
THE ARTS OF HÁT XẨM IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY
The Reed Conference Center, Ninh Bình Province
|MESSAGE: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)|
Hát Xẩm 2020 Conference Postponement to
The Hát Xẩm 2020 Conference organizers have been monitoring worldwide developments related to COVID-19. Vietnam and the U.S. have recommended self-quarantine and many institutions have strongly advised staff, faculty and students to restrict travel, it is no longer practical to hold our conference dates on May 23-24, 2020, or December 18-19, 2020. We therefore postpone the Conference to May 21-22, 2021 and subsequently abstract and paper submission deadlines (see below).
The Viet Nam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies
(Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism)
The Department of Culture & Sports
of The People's Committee of Ninh Bình Province in partnership with
The Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society, Temple University
The Center for Research, Preservation & Advancement of Vietnamese Folk Music, and
The Faculty of Arts, Sàigòn University
scholars, researchers, experts, artists, enthusiasts and the public at-large to attend and/or submit original and unpublished works in Hát Xẩm studies [the folk music of the blind travelling beggars].
Hát Xẩm is a genre of folk songs by the traveling blind beggars, that have been present in the cultural life of Vietnam for hundreds of years. Motivated by the needs for daily subsistence, they travelled in small bands around the lower Red River Delta in the northern part of Viet Nam. It is believed among Xẩm artists that the founder of Hát Xẩm who invented the genre, lived in the XVth Century. Đàn cò ke or đàn nhị “two-string fiddle”, sênh sứa “castanets”, cặp kè “twin wood clappers”, trống mảnh “twin one-face drums”, are the main musical instruments accompanying the lead male and/or female voices. Their performance spaces have always been in market corners, harvest festivals, river landings, cross country stations, later, the tramway and sidewalks, to make a living. Hát Xẩm eventually developed and formalized its own unique folk music genre, steeped in the Vietnamese national social, cultural and artistic values. Hát Xẩm musicians composed, improvised and performed their songs with lyrics depicting their life stories, social conditions, current events, injustice, satire, commentaries, bittersweet human bondages, sometimes in vulgar folk expressions. With changes in social and cultural conditions, however, this art has fallen into decline.
With the aim of safeguarding and promotion of this intangible national cultural values at risk of being marginalized and lost under the pressures of globalization, The Viet Nam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS), in cooperation with the Department of Culture & Sports of the People's Committee of Ninh Bình Province, the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society of Temple University (the U.S.), the Center for Research, Preservation and Advancement of Vietnamese Folk Music (Hanoi), and the Faculty of Arts of Sàigòn University (HCM City), jointly organize The First International Conference on Preservation and Advancement of the Arts of Hát Xẩm in Contemporary Society, to occur on
The Conference will address such topics as:
Submitted papers must be original, not previously published. Papers must not be submitted concurrently to another conference with refereed proceedings.
Abstracts and Paper Drafts Submission:
Papers Reviewing And Publication:
Important Information about Coming to the Conference
Conference information, please contact
Associate Prof. Dr. Nguyễn Thị Hiền
Dr. Ngô Thanh Nhàn