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Publications & Projects


Academic Conferences

(with Kouwenhoven as chief organizer (underlined) or co-organized by him)

Music and Musical Instruments in China. 2nd Lisbon Conference. Organized by the Macau Scientific and Cultural Centre, the Institute of Ethnomusicology and the Confucius Institute at the University of Lisbon, in cooperation with CHIME. Lisbon, 8-9 May 2017. In preparation.


Chinese and East Asian Music in Festivals. 20th international CHIME meeting. Los Angeles, 29 March-2 April 2017. Hosted by the World Music Center of the Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, with support from the UCLA Confucius Institute. In preparation.


Music Education in China, CHIME workshop in Hamburg, Germany, 16 to 20 November, 2016. Hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Hamburg, initiated by CHIME and organized jointly with The CCOM Institute of Musicology (Beijing Central Conservatory), The Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, The Hamburg Conservatory, and The International College of Music in Hamburg, 45 participants.


Music and Musical Instruments in China. 1st Lisbon Conference. Organized by the Macau Scientific and Cultural Centre, the Institute of Ethnomusicology and the Confucius Institute at the University of Lisbon, in cooperation with CHIME. Lisbon, 23-24 May 2016, 40+ participants.


The new face of Chinese music. 19th international CHIME meeting. Haute école de musique de Genève, 21 to 24 October, 2015. Jointly with the Confucius Institute of the University of Geneva, 90+ participants.


Storysinging and Storytelling in China. International CHIME workshop, Fondazione Cini, Island of San Giorgio, Venice, Italy, 16 to 19 October 2014. In cooperation with the Eastern Languages Department of the Ca'Foscari University of Venice, 52 participants.


Sound, Noise and the Everyday – Soundscapes in Contemporary China. 18th CHIME Conference. Aarhus University, Denmark, 21-24 August 2014, 90 participants.


Chinese Instruments and Western Museums. 17th International CHIME Conference, University of Leiden, 13-16 September 2013. In co-operation with the Chinese Music Archive (CMA) in Hong Kong, 40 participants.


International Conference on Performing Arts in Contemporary Asia: Tradition and travel. Serving for CHIME as its 16th International Conference. Royal Holloway University of London, 60-9 July, 2011.


The Music of China and East Asia: Theory versus Practice. 15th International CHIME Conference, Goetheanum, Dornach/Basel, 24-27 November 2010. In cooperation with the Swiss Festival Culturescapes, 66 participants.


Chinese and East Asian Music: The Future of the Past. 14th International CHIME Conference, Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), Brussels, 18-22 November 2009. In cooperation with the Europalia Festival, 92 participants.


Music and Ritual in China and East Asia. 13th International CHIME Conference, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 16-19 October 2008, 54 participants.


‘I sing who I am’. Identity, ethnicity and individuality in Chinese music. 12th International CHIME Conference, School of Music, University College Dublin, Ireland, 11 to 14 October 2007. In co-operation with the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, 75 participants.


Joining forces. Musical fieldwork in China. 11th CHIME Conference (European Foundation for Chinese Music Research), 16 to 29 July 2006, Beijing/Yulin, China. In co-operation with the Music Research Institute Beijing of the Chinese Social Academy of Sciences, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Xi’an Music Conservatory and the Yulin Cultural Bureau, 80+ participants.


Exploring China’s Musical Past. 10th International CHIME Conference, 6-9 Oktober, Amsterdam. In co-operation with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and IIAS (International Inst. for Asian Studies), Tropentheater. 100 participants. 


Music and the Art of Seduction. International Conference, 19-21 May 2005, Amsterdam, jointly organized by the Bake Society for Ethnomusicology, the University of Amsterdam (Dept of Musicology), the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (CASA) and the Tropentheater Amsterdam, 100 participants.


Orality and Improvisation in East Asian Music, 9th International Chime Conference, 1-4 July 2004 Paris. In cooperation with University of Paris IV Sorbonne, and Seminaire d'Etudes Ethnomusicologiques de paris Sorbonne (CRLM). 90 participants.


Sex, Love and Romance, Reflections on the Passions in East Asian Music, 8th International Chime Conference, 26-29 July 2002, Sheffield. In cooperation with the Department of Music, University of Sheffield. 70 participants.


Sound Power: Traditional Music & the New Media. One-day international conference, 17 May 2002, Universiteit van Amsterdam. Jointly organized by the Bake Society for Ethnomusicology and the University of Amsterdam (Dept of Musicology), 50+ participants.


Music and Meaning in China and East-Asia. Beauty - Power - Emotions. 7th International Chime Conference, 20-23 September 2001, Venice. In co-operation with Venice University, Fondatione Giorgio Cini, and SOAS, London University. Fondatione Giorgio Cini, Isola San Giorgio, Venice. 100 participants.


Performing Arts of Asia: Audiences, Patrons and Performers, IIAS Conference, featuring for CHIME as the 6th International Chime Conference, 2000, Leiden. In co-operation with the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the Department of Cultural and Social Studies), Leiden University, 23-27 August, 2000.165 participants.


Music in cities, music in villages; East-Asian music traditions in transition, 5th International Chime Conference, 15-19 September 1999, Prague. In co-operation with Charles University, the CCK Foundation for Scholarly Research, and the Academy of Music in Prague. 77 participants.


Barbarian Pipes and Strings: 2,000 years of cross-cultural influences in the music of China, 4th International Chime Conference, 1-4 October 1998, Heidelberg. In co-operation with the Institute of Chinese Studies, Musicology and East Asian Art at the University of Heidelberg. 75 participants.


East Asian Strings, 3rd International Chime Conference, 29-31 August 1997. Leiden. In co-operation with the Dutch Society for Ethnomusicology Arnold Bake and Research School CNWS, Leiden. 44 participants. 


East Asian Voices, 2nd International Chime Conference, 11-14 September 1995, Rotterdam. In co-operation with Teaching World Music (TWM), ESEM, Rotterdam Conservatory, Leiden University and Conference Centre De Doelen. 91 participants.


11th European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, 13-17 September 1995, De Doelen, Rotterdam. (Co-organiser: Dr. W. van Zanten). In co-operation with Teaching World Music (TWM), ESEM, Rotterdam Conservatory, Leiden University and Conference Centre De Doelen. 200 participants. 


Chinese Music, 1st International Chime Conference, 29 Sept. 1991, Geneva. In cooperation with the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM) and AIMP. 35 participants.



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