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Under the patronage of the Centre for Intercultural Musicology, which Professor Akin Euba founded at Churchill College, Cambridge (CIMACC), United Kingdom, the Centre designed a programme of activities. This event is one and part of a larger vision called the Dialogue Project that was launched by Professor Euba during the Second Biennial International Symposium and Festival on “Composition in Africa and the Diaspora” at Churchill College in 2003. An event of this nature brings a sharper focus to dialoging by concentrating on bilateral (as a complement to multilateral) activities. We hope that previous dialogues and this one in Los Angeles will have a multiplier effect and that other institutions will be encouraged to organize dialogues.

Scholarly Dialogue Sessions

Scholarly sessions, with papers on music in Africa and the Diaspora having a special focus on intercultural relations between Africa and North America. Topics will include (i) history (ii) style (iii) creativity (iv) performance (v) aesthetics (vi) social context (vi) pedagogy (vii) scholarship (viii) reception (ix) material culture (x) publishing (xi) promotion and marketing.

Composer / Performer Dialogue Sessions

Special sessions in which composers and performers discuss their works, illustrated with live or recorded examples. The emphasis will be on works that manifest intercultural relations between Africa and North America.



Live concerts featuring the works of composers from Africa and North America as well as works by composers from other regions of the world in which resources from Africa and North America are used.


Interactive sessions, which demonstrate, mediate, and/or facilitate intercultural relations between Africa and North America.


Deadline for abstract submission is Saturday, June 6, 2009.

Abstract submission may be online, by email, or by mail/post. Click here to complete forms for abstract submission.

Notification of abstract acceptance will occur between June 15 and June 30, 2009.

Pre-registration fees for presenters:
All presenters whose proposals are accepted must pre-register by September 15, 2009. Funds available to the organizers are very limited. Therefore, all presenters are expected to provide their own funds with respect to pre-registration fee, local and international travel, food, and lodging.


Last day for submission of abstracts: June 6, 2009

Notification of abstract acceptance: Between June 15 and June 30, 2009

Last day for presenters to pre-register and pay their fees: August 1, 2009

Conference dates: October 22-25, 2009.

Direct questions about Registration to Cynthia Tse Kimberlin at