BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference 2018

Call for contributions

The Department of Music and Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield is delighted to host the 2018 British Forum for Ethnomusicology and Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference. We welcome UK and international postgraduates to present their research in an inclusive, friendly, and supportive atmosphere. The conference will also include training and careers workshops, informal performance opportunities, and a variety of social and networking events. We are especially pleased to introduce Professor Kevin Dawe (University of Kent) and Dr Katherine Hambridge (University of Durham) as our keynote speakers.

In addition to proposals relating to any aspect of musical research, we particularly welcome submissions that engage with the conference theme of ‘music inside and out’ . Today’s global politics of inclusion and exclusion raises fundamental questions around power, cultural expression , and the status of knowledge, challenging music researchers to think about these ideas in relation to their own work. Topics of relevance to the conference theme might include:

Identities in/and music and musical research

‘Taking back control’: music and/as resistance

Real and imagined borders: genres, methodologies, disciplines -

Truths and fictions: whose knowledge counts?

Musical hegemonies and counter - hegemonies

The position of the academy in wider society

We welcome both traditional and innovative formats for presentations relating to any areas of musical research, including composition, audiovisual media, performance , and/or other creative practices. Presentations should be 20 minutes in len gth, and will be followed by an additional 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

In addition to this general invitation, we encourage proposals for the following specific session calls. Participants may submit one abstract to the general call and an ad ditional one to either of the sessions below (students may have more than one proposal selected for presentation).

Huddersfield Immersive Sound System (HISS)

As well as submitting proposals relating to their own practice under the general call, composers and sonic artists are welcome to submit in one of three categories for performance on the Huddersfield Immersive Sound System:

1) Stereo or multichannel fixed - media works (up to 16 channels) – not normally exceeding 20 minutes in length

2) Single - screen audiovisual works (stereo or multichannel) – not normally exceeding 20 minutes in length

3) Piece and paper – a 30-minute slot for composers and sound artists to present a paper on a work and perform all or part of that work on the HISS.

All audio files should be submitted at 48kHz/24bit. Any specific speaker configuration and other documentation required to perform the work should be submitted in pdf format , clearly labelled with the author ’s name and title of the piece.

Concentrate and Constraint: A P resenter/Composer Remix session

This two - part session offers a facilitated collaboration between presenters and composers, aiming to interrogate ways of communicating in relation to knowledge presentation. We encourage presentations on any topic as part of this call, and support presenters wishing to en gage in new directions in their research or new delivery formats . Part O ne will consis t of two presenters delivering 15 - minute paper s, followed by around 5 minutes each of discussion . Part T wo of the session would be a constraint - driven compositional re - presentation of the debates , documentation apparatuses, and media (written, gestured, and spoken language; audio and visua l examples and demonstrations) involved in the presentations from P art O ne . This will be a collaborative process between the composers and presenters . Further details about t his call, including the support available for participants , are available from the committee via


Submission guidelines

Please send proposals of no more than 250 words to by Friday 27 October 2017 . Emails should include your name, email address, affiliation, and the title of your presentation. Please make any particular space, format, or equipment requirements clear in addition to your abstract: all presentation rooms are equipped with a visualiser, whiteboard, piano, and standard audiovisual projection facilities.

Call for papers deadline: 
27 Oct 2017
Conference dates: 
4 Jan 2018 to 6 Jan 2018
University of Huddersfield