Welcome from Barley Norton, Chair of the BFE

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) aims to advance the study of human musical life in all its full richness and diversity.

We provide a forum for engaging in debate and sharing the findings of research through our many conferences and study days and through the publication of our journal Ethnomusicology Forum, in association with Routledge.

We offer awards to recognize outstanding scholarship, including the BFE Book Prize and grants and prizes for student members.

If you would like to keep in touch with BFE news, activities and events please join our email list and follow our social media site

Membership is open to anyone interested in the study of music and dance from all parts of the world. If you are interested in becoming a BFE member please click here for information about the benefits of membership.

Thanks for visiting our website and please contact us if you would like to know more. 

 


BFE One-day conference 2014. City University (photo by Peter Hudston)

 

British Forum for Ethnomusicology News

The main tasks of the Conference Liaison Co-Officer include:

  • Being responsible for organizing specific BFE conferences, study days and other events in conjunction with the other Conference Liaison Officer (post currently held by Dr Byron Dueck) and local conference arrangement committees.
  • Contributing proactively to BFE strategies and initiatives, especially in regard to conference activities and the BFE conference handbook.
  • Providing oral reports on conference activities at BFE committee meetings (2-3 BFE Committee meetings are held each year).
  • Contributing to the written report on past conference activities as part of the annual Chair’s Report.
  • Engaging in regular email communication with the Committee.

Please email an expression of interest with a brief CV to B.Nortonatgold.ac.uk by FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2016. The Conference Liaison Co-Officer would be a member of the BFE Committee and the standard term of service is three years. Once expressions of interest are received it will be necessary for candidates to stand for election to the Committee.

Barley Norton,

Chair, British Forum For Ethnomusicology

 

 

BFE Fieldwork Grants

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) is pleased to announce the launch of a fieldwork grant scheme.

 

Purpose of the Grants

The BFE Fieldwork Grants are intended to support doctoral candidates conducting ethnomusicological field research in the UK and abroad through making a contribution towards the costs of travel and subsistence. Up to 3 grants collectively totalling up to £1500 will be awarded for the 2016 scheme.

 

Eligibility

The BFE Fieldwork Grants scheme is open to all students enrolled on a PhD programme at a university in the UK who are conducting ethnomusicological research. Applicants must also be a student member of the BFE at the time of application for the scheme. Only one application per person is permitted and fieldwork must start during 2016.

 

Criteria

The criteria of evaluation are: the quality, originality and significance of the research and its potential contribution to ethnomusicological knowledge, theory and debate; the feasibility and importance of the fieldwork for achieving the stated research aims and outcomes; the need of the applicant, i.e. the likelihood of the applicant being unable to obtain fieldwork funding from other sources. There is no preference for particular geographical areas or topics.

 

Application Procedure

To make an application, the following should be submitted:

  1. A letter addressing the grant criteria. The letter should also provide a clear indication of: the fieldwork schedule; the expected costs; the amount of funding requested from the BFE scheme; and other sources of research funding received and/or applied for. The letter must not exceed 2 pages in length.
  2. A short CV, not exceeding 1 page in length.
  3. A short reference letter, not exceeding 1 page in length, in support of the application from the applicant’s PhD supervisor.

Applications must be sent in electronic form by email to Barley Norton, Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology at: b.nortonatgold.ac.uk. Supervisors may wish to send their reference letter by email directly to the Chair.

 

Application Deadline and Decision Notification

Applications must be submitted by email by the end of Friday 11 December 2015. Applications will be evaluated by a BFE panel and applicants will be informed of the outcome of the awards by Monday 18 January 2016. The decision of the panel is final, and the BFE regrets that it is unable to provide feedback on applications and decisions made by the panel. 

 

Payment of Grants for Successful Applications

Successful applicants must liaise with the BFE Treasurer (bfetreasureratgmail.com) before grants are disbursed. Payment will be made via bank transfer.

 

Post-Award Reports

Successful applicants are requested to submit a short fieldwork report – up to 500 words in length, accompanied by other media materials if appropriate – within 3 months after the completion of the fieldwork. Fieldwork reports are likely to be made public on the BFE website, social media etc. Grant awardees may also be requested to do a short presentation about their fieldwork at BFE meetings such as the AGM. Any publications resulting from the fieldwork should acknowledge receipt of a BFE Fieldwork Grant.

 

 

Dear BFE members,

Following the call for nominations for election to the BFE Committee, I would like to update you on the new membership of the Committee.

I’m delighted to announce that Ilana Webster-Kogen and Liam Barnard are joining the Committee, and that five existing committee members are extending their terms for another term, namely Hettie Malcomson, Noel Lobley, Keith Howard, Amanda Villepastour, and Byron Dueck. I very much look forward to working with all of you over the coming years.

Two committee members, Anna Morcom and Henry Stobart, have come to the end of their terms and are standing down. On behalf of the committee, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to both Anna and Henry for the invaluable contribution they have made to the BFE.

Further details of the Committee nomination process are outlined below:

-       Six proposals were received in response to the call for nominations to the BFE Committee. These six proposals - from Ilana Webster-Kogen, Hettie Malcomson, Noel Lobley, Keith Howard, Amanda Villepastour, and Byron Dueck – can be read in the pdf document attached.

-       As the six proposals received did not exceed the number of Committee places available, voting was not required and all six nominated candidates are deemed to have been elected (see Rule 7ii of the BFE constitution, http://www.bfe.org.uk/constitution).

-       In addition to the six nominations, the Committee has co-opted Liam A. Barnard as the convener for the 2016 BFE annual conference at the University of Kent. Please also see the written statement from Liam A. Barnard in the document attached.

-       Following this nomination process, the Committee has the full complement of 12 members, with 8 elected members and 4 co-opted members.

Barley Norton

Chair, British Forum for Ethnomusicology

 

 

Dear BFE friends, 

For various reasons, the BFE Committee has decided that the BFE’s Annual General Meeting will not be held as usual at the annual conference in Paris. Instead, an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) will be held in London just before the Paris conference on Tuesday 30 June at SOAS from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. 

The EGM will be held in room G3, just inside the main SOAS entrance on the left (https://www.soas.ac.uk/visitors/location/).

After the EGM, wine and soft drinks will be served and there will be a screening and discussion of my film Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh (http://www.der.org/films/hanoi-eclipse.html) from 7.30pm to 8.45pm, also in room G3.

We would very much like for you to participate in the EGM and actively contribute to the future of the BFE, so please save the date. Further information about the agenda and business of the EGM will follow closer to the meeting.

Please book your tickets using this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/british-forum-for-ethnomusicology-egm-scr...

We look forward to seeing you there! 

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology

 

 

Dear BFE members, 

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology is delighted to welcome Barley Norton (Goldsmiths College) as our new Chair. Barley was co-opted on 30 June 2014 in the role of BFE Chair Elect and will take on his new role from April 2015. 

Our sincere thanks go to Amanda Villepastour, who has led the BFE for the last three years with great enthusiasm. Thank you for all your hard work, Amanda!

 

 

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