2017 conference


CHIME Conference, Music, Festivals, Heritage

Siena Jazz Archive, Italy. 25-28 May 2017

Fortezza Medicea 10, 53100 Siena, Italy
Tel. (+39) 0577 271401


Programme Thursday-Friday

Programme Saturday

Programme Sunday



_From Pisa

TRAIN: If you arrive at Pisa airport you can catch the PeopleMover shuttle bus to Pisa Centrale railway station, about 1 km from the airport. The service is available every day from 6:00 AM to midnight at 5/8 minute intervals and the trip takes 8 minutes. Trains from Trenitalia leave approximately two times per hour from the Central station to Siena. You will have to change in Empoli and the whole trip lasts about 1 hour and 50 minutes.

BUS: The bus leaves directly from the airport, with a stop and bus change in Florence (see below Bus from Florence). The trip takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes between Pisa and Florence, and then with the fast buses from Florence to Siena about another hour and 15 minutes to make the trip be about 2.5 hours.

The Bus will take you to the bus station (Piazza Gramsci/Viale Tozzi) close to the conference venue and right in front of the NHhotel Siena (for those who booked a room there) and is closer to the center than the train station in Siena.

_From Florence

From the ‘Amerigo Vespucci’ airport of Florence (Firenze) you can reach the city centre of Florence in about 20 minutes with the Busitalia SITA Nord “Vola in Bus” bus shuttle operating between the airport and the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella. From there you can take a TRAIN with Trenitalia or bus to Siena.

BUS: You will find the bus terminal: Autostazione Sita Firenze in Via Santa Caterina 17, rather close to the railway station Santa Maria Novella. From this bus terminal buses leave to Siena. The bus company Tiemme Spa offers 2 possibilities: one rapid bus line (131R) that takes 1h 15min and one normal bus line (131O) that takes 1h 35min. For more information: Siena – Florence: connections.

The Bus will take you to the bus station (Piazza Gramsci/Viale Tozzi) close to the conference venue and right in front of the NHhotel Siena (for those who booked a room there) and is closer to the center than the train station in Siena.



sienaIn 1988, the Siena Jazz Foundation founded the National Center for Jazz Studies “Arrigo Polillo” with its Library and Sound Archive. The Center is virtually the only specialized facility for jazz documentation and research in Italy; its serves as a reference point countrywide for students, musicians and scholars for their work. The facility is computer-based and the online catalogues are continuously updated. The Center holds the most important specialized collection in the country; the number of data included in the catalogues and the continous growth of the collections, which include more than 25.000 sound and video carriers, more than 2.000 books and thousands of magazine issues including the only complete collection of the Musica Jazz magazine put the Center on the par with the best Jazz Archives worldwide. The latest years saw important development with internal restructuration of the spaces, and with a general update of available equipment for digitization of audio and images.



CALL FOR PAPERS – CHIME Conference, Music, Festivals, Heritage

Siena Jazz Archive, Italy. 25-28 May 2017

Keynote Speaker:  Professor Andy Bennett, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

In a world where notions of culture are becoming increasingly fragmented, the contemporary festival has developed in response to processes of cultural pluralization, mobility and globalization, while also communicating something meaningful about identity, community, locality and belonging.—Andy Bennett et alThe Festivalization of Culture

From Woodstock to The Proms, from Burning Man to Montreux, music festivals have a transformative potential; they can help people connect with places and spaces in new ways and play a key role in identity formation. Festivals at their most utopian offer a fantastic space in which to dream and try another world into being. Equally, they offer opportunities for people to celebrate and engage with their cultural heritage and to re-connect with the past.

We invite submissions for Music, Festivals, Heritage, a four-day multi-disciplinary conference that brings together leading researchers across the arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as festival directors, producers and programmers, to explore the relationship between music festivals and cultural heritage.


We welcome contributions that address the conference title from multiple perspectives, including heritage studies, festivals and event research, media and cultural studies, musicology, sociology, cultural theory, music analysis, history, and practice-based research. Music, Festivals, Heritage also aims to feature presentations from both researchers and industry professionals.

Conference topics include but are not restricted to:

  • Established and innovative uses of heritage sites and public spaces
  • Festival sites and cultural memory
  • Transformations of place: music festivals as utopian sites
  • Questions of music genre (e.g. jazz, opera, folk, rock, classical) and the construction of heritage at festival
  • Festival as dull culture: repetition, predictability, boredom
  • The tension between the conservation and the use of heritage sites
  • Festivals and cultural tourism
  • New models of engagement between festivals and cultural heritage
  • Festivals as sites that explore the relationship between tangible, intangible and digital heritage
  • Critical perspectives from festival programmers, producers, organisers
  • The mediation and representation of (heritage and) festival
  • Festival as exclusive community; festival as marginal space
  • From carnivalesque to festivalisation: theoretical approaches and questions of festival
  • The cultural politics of festival sites

Proposals are invited for:
• Individual contributions (20 minutes) – up to 250 words.
• Themed sessions or panel discussions – 250 words per contribution plus 250 words outlining the rationale for the session.
• 75 minute sessions in innovative formats – up to 750 words outlining the form and content of the session.

Please submit proposals (including a short biography and institutional or organisational affiliation) by email in a word document attachment to: w.vandeleur@uva.nl

The deadline for proposals is 1st December 2016; outcomes will be communicated to authors by 10 January 2017. All submissions will be considered by the conference committee:

  • Prof Walter van de Leur, Chair (University of Amsterdam/Conservatory of Amsterdam)
  • Prof Helene Brembeck (University of Gothenburg)
  • Prof Nicholas Gebhardt (Birmingham City University)
  • Dr Francesco Martinelli (Siena Jazz Archive)
  • Prof George McKay (University of East Anglia)
  • Professor Beth Perry (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Loes Rusch (University of Amsterdam/BCU)
  • Prof Tony Whyton (Birmingham City University)
  • Dr Marline Lisette Wilders (University of Amsterdam/University of Groningen).

The conference forms part of the JPI Heritage Plus-funded CHIME project, a transnational research project that explores the relationship between European music festivals and cultural heritage sites. Visit www.chimeproject.eu for further information.