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XẨM
OPEN CALL FOR PAPERS
THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON SAFEGUARDING AND PROMOTION OF
THE ARTS OF HÁT XẨM IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY

May 23-24, 2020 December 18-19, 2020 May 21-22, 2021
The Reed Conference Center, Ninh Bình Province

MESSAGE: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Hát Xẩm 2020 Conference Postponement to December 18-19, 2020 May 21-22,2021
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)
and
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
 

formally invite

scholars, researchers, experts, artists, enthusiasts and the public at-large to attend and/or submit original and unpublished works in Hát Xẩm studies [the folk music of the blind travelling beggars].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 May 23-24, 2020 December 18-19, 2020 May 21-22.2021 in Ninh Bình Province.

The Conference will address such topics as:

  1. The origin and development of Hát Xẩm.
  2. The musicological issues of Hát Xẩm: system of genres, forms, musicality, and the musical instruments.
  3. The influence of other folk music genres in Hát Xẩm and the influence of Hát Xẩm music in other folk music genres in Vietnam.
  4. The literary arts of Hát Xẩm lyrics.
  5. Manifestations of Vietnamese folkore in Hát Xẩm lyrics.
  6. Research and development of Hát Xẩm today (new works, and new changes in presentation).
  7. The current state of Hát Xẩm in contemporary Vietnamese musical life: The Problems in Revitalization, Advancement, Teaching and Learning of Hát Xẩm.
  8. Problems and directions in resource collections for further studies.

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:

  1. Papers can be written in English, French, or Vietnamese.
  2. All submitted papers must have an abstract in English.
  3. Abstracts are limited to 300 words, full papers are limited to 3,000 to 5,000 words, with author’s name, title, professional address, contact telephone and email, and a short biography.
  4. Format: on 8.5 x 11inch (letter) paper, standard 2.5 cm top and bottom margin, 3.5 cm left and 2.0 cm right margins, font family Times New Roman (Unicode standard), font size 14 pt., line spacing 1.5.

All submissions:

  • in English to be sent by email to:
  • in Vietnamese to be sent by email to
  • by postal mail to
    • Viện Văn hoá Nghệ thuật quốc gia Việt Nam, 32 Hào Nam, Đê La Thành, Ô Chợ Dừa, Hà Nội, Việt Nam.

Papers Reviewing And Publication:

  1. Submitted papers will be reviewed. Accepted papers will be published as a part of the final proceedings.
  2. Format: on 8.5 x 11inch (letter) paper, standard 2.5 cm top and bottom margins, 3.5 cm left and 2.0 cm right margins, font Times New Roman (Unicode standard), font size 14 pt., line spacing 1.5.

Important Dates:

  1. February 29, 2020 September 15, 2020 February 1, 2021: Deadline for abstracts.
  2. April 29, 2020 November 1, 2020 April 1, 2021: Final paper submission.

Important Information about Coming to the Conference

  1. The Conference organizers will cover the conference costs and food for participants.
  2. Participants to the Conference will arrange and pay for their own transportation and lodging during the Conference.
  3. The Organizing Committee has a limited amount of funds to support travel and lodging expenses for qualified participants.

Conference information, please contact

Associate Prof. Dr. Nguyễn Thị Hiền
Vice Director
Viện Văn hoá Nghệ thuật Quốc gia Việt Nam,
Viet Nam National Institute of Culture & Arts Studies (VICAS)
Ministry of Culture and Sports
32 Hào Nam, Đê La Thành, Ô Chợ Dừa, Hà Nội, Việt Nam.
Tel: +84 4 35.11.63.98; mobile: +84 91 246-8554
Email: hiennguyenb@gmail.com
Dr. Ngô Thanh Nhàn
Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society
Gladfelter Hall, Room 924, 1115 Polett Walk
College of Liberal Arts, Temple University,
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Email: nhan@temple.edu
Logistics
Ms. Vũ Thanh Lịch
Department of Culture & Sports of The People's Committee of Ninh Bình Province
Email: lichvuthanh@gmail.com
Tel +84 91 770-9809

 


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