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Faculty of Music and Performing Arts
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia


13-15 November 2018



The Faculty of Music and Performing Arts of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris will be holding their third (3rd) International Music and Performing Arts Conference (IMPAC2018) from 13-15 November 2018.

Date   : 13- 15 November 2018
Time   : 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Venue : Faculty of Music and Performing Arts
              Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
              35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia

Theme: Surfing Today, Navigating Tomorrow

IMPAC2018 invites abstract proposals for:

  • individual papers
  • panels
  • poster presentations
  • performance of creative works
  • workshops; and
  • pecah ruyung (early and developing research) papers

on the theme of conference (See online abstract proposal submission for details on presentation formats). We encourage papers based on multidisciplinary research and collaborations between diverse fields based on the conferences’ main theme and subthemes. The due date for abstract submission is 2 May 2018 15 May 2018.



The term ‘surfing’ refers to two activities – surfing as a water sport and as browsing the Internet. Surfing as a water sport metaphorically presents the act of riding, balancing and surging forward in synchronisation with the waves of global change and development. Surfing the Internet for information is a current ubiquitous phenomenon. ‘Surfing today’ denotes the act of staying abreast, balancing new and conventional trends as we surge toward global connectivity.

In ancient times, seafarers navigated their route using the stars and compass; pilots used beacons and radars in air navigation, and most recently vehicle drivers used Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for land navigation. ‘Navigating tomorrow’ denotes the phenomenon of guided planning, organising and strategising our actions and directions. ‘Surfing today, navigating tomorrow’ metaphorically denotes the notion to capitalise on the current phenomena and technological advancements to navigate our directions and plans for tomorrow.

We invite academic scholars, practitioners, performing artists, early career researchers and related personnel to submit papers that connect the conference theme with the performing arts. We urge you to creatively present how your research ideas and topics may relate to an aspect to the theme above.  In the following, we suggest several subthemes that may assist the potential presenters to channel their papers toward the theme.


Education 4.0

The influence of cyber-physical systems such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, 3-D designs and others through the 4th Industrial Revolution is revolutionising the ways we access and disseminate information, organise and manage our daily routines; and recreate our pedagogical approaches.  Its impact on education is growing and surging forward rapidly. Generation Z (born 1995-2012) students who are now aged 13-19 will enter tertiary level education in the next few years.  Gen Z has a short attention span, learn effectively through visual communication and short messages. They are competent at surfing the Internet for information and navigate their daily life through their mobile phones. Gen Z will enter a workforce that requires a different set of skills that is different from those of their parents. Therefore, it is incumbent for current educators to re-evaluate their teaching practices to prepare this generation for the future. This subtheme addresses the question of how emerging new technologies in cyber-physical systems will affect education in the performing arts. How can the performing arts capitalise, response and align themselves with these new technologies? Areas of educational research in the performing arts include

  • Community Activities
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Professional Education
  • Special Education
  • New models/ approaches to teaching and learning
  • Media and communication
  • Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation
  • Education entrepreneurship
  • Diverse learning ecosystems
  • Gamification

(*'Education 4.0' is a term coined by businessman and author Peter Fisk based on the needs of education for the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution', a term coined by economist Klaus Schwab to describe the next revolution of integration of technology into our lives. The Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education has adopted these terms as an approach to the country’s education of the future.)

Heritage and Tradition

As the world shrinks with global connectivity, unique cultural identities and heritage inherent in music, dance and theater will inevitably confluence, merge and influence each other.  While there is growing homogenization in the performing arts, cultural groups re-act and response by trying to be different and unique, inducing heterogeneity. Performing artists, music composers, choreographers, directors, producers and others assert individuality in creative ways, capitalising on new media in diverse ways.

The notion of ‘sustainability’ becomes a highly debated subject as researchers search for creative ways to sustain traditional heritage relevant to future generations. Selected performing arts components are maintained, modified and recreated, while others are sacrificed and discontinued. The ‘tug of war’ on what and how much to maintain, change and innovate continues to incur debates among traditionalist, innovators and those caught in-between.  Areas of research in the performing arts include

  • Tourism and Heritage
  • Recontextualization of cultural heritage
  • Heritage education
  • Popularising the traditional
  • Commercialisation of heritage
  • Cross cultural and hybrid performances

Popular Culture And The Creative Industry

Popular culture in music, dance and theatre are usually commercial driven driven by technological advances. Performing artists are exploring new ways of promoting and publicizing themselves through new media. Visual communication media are now becoming a common language understood by performing artists. Global accessibility to local culture leads to cross cultural, hybrid performing arts genre. Areas of research in the performing arts include

  • New media ecology
  • New promotional mediums (facebook, instagram etc.)
  • Global and local confluences
  • Homogenisation and heterogenisation


Global connectivity has connected researchers with diverse expertise to collaborate in solving performing arts related issues such as special needs, performing arts health, therapy, psychology and others. Musicians collaborated with scientists, medical doctors, language experts, and museum curators to enhance to possibilities of the performing arts in solving human-related problems today.


The integration of philosophies and concepts from various disciplines into music, dance and theater compositions enriches new compositions and adds new ideas to performances. This subtheme explores how the industrial revolution can influence the composition of new pieces and engage performers in reinterpreting their performances.