First Call for Papers

Cultural Diversity in Music Education (CDIME XII)


June 10-12, 2015


CDIME has provided an informal platform for the exchange of practices, experiences, research and philosophies on cultural diversity in music education since 1992. CDIME XII, its twelfth major international conference, will be held in Helsinki, Finland and convened jointly by the University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy and Nepal Music Center, Kathmandu, Nepal.


First Call for Papers


This conference will examine various theoretical and practical aspects relevant to the area of cultural diversity in music education. Contributions are sought from: scholars, researchers and postgraduate students from music education and related disciplines; musicians, music teachers, policymakers and other relevant practitioners; and those working for local, national or transnational music-related agencies with the aim of promoting cultural diversity.


Proposals for papers, performances, demonstrations and workshops are invited for cultural diversity in music education in one of the following strands:

1. Cultural diversity in music teacher education or other higher music education

2. Music teacher education and cultural diversity in developing countries

3. Intercultural skills in music education

4. Cultural diversity in general music education

5. Cultural diversity, intersectionality and inclusion in music education

6. Globalization, new media and sociocultural change in music education

7. Cultural diversity and music education policy

8. Cultural diversity and ethics in music education


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Proposals for papers will be peer reviewed and proposals for performances, demonstrations and workshops will be included on the basis of quality, engagement and relevance to the strands. Abstracts should be written in English, and should be around 400 words. Conference presenters will be invited to submit their revised manuscripts for an anthology published by an international publisher after the conference.


Conference committee:

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

Prof. Sidsel Karlsen (Hedmark University College / University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy)

Dr. Heidi Partti (University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy)

Principal Iman Bikram Shah (Nepal Music Center)


Please submit your abstracts to danielle.treacy(at) by October 1, 2014.


For further details please contact: Danielle Treacy (danielle.treacy(at)