Call for papers deadline: 8 December 2021. The deadline for submitting proposals has now passed.
The committee for the 2022 Annual Conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology invites proposals for presentations on any current ethnomusicological research. Applicants are equally welcome to submit abstracts that engage with the conference theme or other areas of inquiry.
The 2022 theme is Ordinary Musicians, which might be understood in several ways. First – appropriately, given the site of the conference – are ‘hidden’ or ‘amateur’ musicians like those discussed in Ruth Finnegan’s study of music making in Milton Keynes (1989). ‘Ordinary musicians’ could also designate those who make everyday contributions to social and community life, including in contexts of religious observance and ritual. Marc Perrenoud (2007) uses the term to designate working musicians who are ‘ordinary’ not necessarily in terms of ability, but rather in being neither rich nor famous. The theme also invites reflection on the people involved in transmitting everyday musical capacities: parents making music for and with their children; children learning from one another; teachers and their students. Finally, ‘ordinary musicians’ invites critical reflection on the unmarked selves to which ethnomusicologists have implicitly or explicitly compared musical others.
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We hope to host part of the conference online and part of the conference face to face to enable greater participation and inclusion. Details will be available closer to the event. Rather than a keynote talk, the conference will feature plenary panels. Panel proposals that engage with the conference theme may be considered as potential plenary sessions.
The deadline for submissions is 8 December 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 January 2022. Please note that all presenters must be members of the BFE. John BFE here.
We invite proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, posters, and films on any current research. We also encourage potential participants to approach the conference organisers with ideas for innovative presentation formats: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals should be submitted using the following formats to enable anonymous review:
All proposals should indicate ‘Can participate online only’ or ‘Can participate online or in person’. All sessions, including organised sessions and roundtables, will be either completely online or completely in person.
BFE Student Prize and Bursaries: Student presenters are encouraged to submit their papers for the BFE Student Prize, awarded annually for the best student paper presented at the BFE annual conference. Students may also apply for a BFE Bursary to assist with the cost of attending the conference. Details concerning the prize and bursaries will be circulated closer to the conference date.
BFE Code of Conduct: BFE conferences are run in accordance with the BFE Conference Code of Conduct. By taking part in a BFE conference, you agree to be bound by this code.