BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference 2023

British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) and Royal Musical Association (RMA) Research Students’ Conference 2023


10-12 January 2023 at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
Deadline for submission of Proposals: 1 October 2022

We are delighted to announce that the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) and Royal Musical Association (RMA) Research Students’ Conference will be hosted by Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 10–12 January 2023, and that the Call for Proposals is now open.

The conference welcomes all areas of music research, including (although not limited to) historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, electroacoustic music, composition and performance. We welcome proposals for papers, panels, posters and research-led practice, including lecture-recitals and composition (for string trio and electroacoustic). There will be opportunities to participate in a range of training workshops.

The Submission Portal may be accessed through this link, which contains further guidance:

The conference theme is ‘Borderlands’. Inspired by Northumbria’s geographical location and Northumbria Music’s interdisciplinary setting within a wider humanities department, we hope to encourage performance, compositions and papers that reflect on physical and conceptual border spaces of time, place, genre, and community in the broadest sense. The theme is intended only as a stimulus: there is no requirement to make research fit into the theme, and all submissions will be treated equally on their merit whether they address it or not.

There will be a Steinway B available, and a harpsichord on request. The conference ensemble will be Trio Northumbria (violin, viola, cello). Northumbria University is home to an IKO icosahedral loudspeaker (the only one in the UK), and will shortly be taking possession of Jeremy Montagu’s personal collection of musical instruments from around the world.

Conference dates: 
10 Jan 2023 to 12 Jan 2023
Northumbria University