CDIME 2017 - Promoting Music Education in Nepal


The review committee and site organisation committee would like to acknowledge the great many people who have submitted their proposals for papers, workshops and performance/lectures


Cultural Diversity in Music Education International Conference (CDIME XIII)

March 29th - April 1st, Annapurna Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal


The Cultural Diversity in Music Education (CDIME) conference has provided a platform for the exchange of practices, experiences, research and philosophies on cultural diversity in music education since 1992. In 2017, the CDIME XIII international conference will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, jointly convened by the Nepal Music Center and the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. As the first music education conference to be held in Nepal, CDIME XIII will be a historic event. With various musics holding such important, and different roles in Nepali society, the context of the conference will set the stage for scholars to extend interdisciplinary discussions of music education and cultural diversity to new contexts, to critically attend to challenges and complexities at both local and global levels, and to envision new possibilities for music education in the future.


The conference will address various issues relevant to cultural diversity in music education. Contributions are sought from scholars, researchers and postgraduate students representing the fields of music education and related disciplines; musicians, music teachers, policymakers and practitioners; and those working for local, national or transnational music-related agencies with the aim of fostering cultural diversity.


Proposals for papers,symposium, performances, demonstrations and workshops are invited in line with one of the following strands:


  1. What approaches can be developed in higher music education contexts to address the challenges that accompany change and cultural diversity?

  2. In what ways do multi/intercultural practices of music education intersect with understandings of spirituality, class or gender? How are these interactions navigated by teachers and students in specific educational contexts?

  3. What are the benefits and challenges of music education approaches that involve teachers and/or students crossing cultural and musical boundaries?

  4. What role does new or social media play in the preservation, transmission or continuing development of traditional cultures?

  5. How are specific decolonization processes or strategies employed in preventing internal and/or external colonialism in music education?

  6. What is the relationship between governmental, institutional or local fundraising programmes and the valuing and sustainability of cultural diversity in music education?

  7. In what ways do global policies (such as those by UNESCO) frame or limit the possibilities for sustaining diverse musical traditions on a local, practical level?

  8. Other issues or practical examples relating to cultural diversity in music education.


Criteria for acceptance of paper presentations will be based on peer review of submitted abstracts. Abstracts of approximately 400 words should be written in English, clearly identifying the strand that your proposal aligns with. Proposals for performances, demonstrations and workshops will be assessed on the basis of quality, engagement and relevance to the strands. Conference presenters will be invited to submit their revised manuscripts for an anthology to be published after the conference.


Conference review committee:

Associate Prof. Eva Saether (Malmö Academy, Sweden)

Associate Prof. Kathryn Marsh ( University of Sydney, Australia)

Dr. Alexis Kallio (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland)

Principal Iman Bikram Shah (Nepal Music Center, Nepal)


Conference site organizing committee:

Santosh Sharma (Nepal Music Center)

Dr. Bal Krishna Ranjit ( Nepal Music Center)

Iman Bikram Shah ( Nepal Music center)

Stuti Sharma (Nepal Music Center)

Bijeta Pradhan (Nepal Music Center)

Rizu Tuladhar (Nepal Music Center)

John Shrestha ( Nepal Music Center)

Kushal Karki (Nepal Music Center)

Heidi Westerlund ( University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy)

Please submit your abstracts through the homepage in the CDIME XIII website by July 15, 2016 Conference website:

For further details please contact: Stuti Sharma in [email protected]

Conference address: Annapurna Hotel, Durbar Marg, 44600,P.O Box 140 Kathmandu, Nepal 


Submit Your Paper

Please fill up the details below and upload your abstract so that we can review and get back to you with details.