Ethnomusicology and Policy


Call for papers deadline: 
3 Jul 2015
Conference dates: 
31 Oct 2015
Newcastle University
Call for papers: 

British Forum for Ethnomusicology One-day Conference 2015
Call for Papers
‘Ethnomusicology and Policy’
International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS), Newcastle University.

Date: Saturday 31st October 2015


BFE 2015 One-Day Conference Programme


Ethnomusicology holds an extended and substantial history of engagement with, and contribution to, public policy. This conference acknowledges that history, and points to the growing role ethnomusicology plays in influencing how public policies are considered, constructed and revised. It emphasizes the potentials and challenges in applied ethnomusicology, and encourages further dialogue around how ethnomusicology contributes to the public good. Ethnomusicologists have made substantive contributions to policy in areas such as Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), archiving and curation, cultural policy and the state, cultural tourism, music education, social enterprise, music and conflict, cultural and economic sustainability, world music representation and education, music and minorities, and the economics and instrumental efficacy of the arts at all levels of governance. Many ethnomusicologists who work in this area and in the public sector also have hybrid identities, and often publish in sociological and anthropological journals and author policy reports. We intend to explore the character of policy-focused ethnomusicology and its disciplinary position within the broader arts and humanities. Ethnomusicology has been more firmly embedded in public policy in the North American context and this conference provides an opportunity to discuss the similarities and differences with that of the UK and EU policy environments, and how these might be improved in the future. Therefore we are interested in opening up a debate about how policy relates both to ethnomusicological methods, interdisciplinary and international ethnomusicology as well as the ethnomusicologist’s place in public sector and government. We hope also to discuss these issues with a view to expanding where and how the next generation of ethnomusicologists might work, be trained, and how the academy should be responding to this challenge today. Papers are encouraged in all these areas of ethnomusicological endeavor and in the relations between policy and ethnomusicological research and training.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Naila Ceribašić is one of the leading scholars of music and policy in Europe today. She is a full titular Professor of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb where she has worked for over 20 years. She received the “Milovan Gavazzi” Award from the Croatian Ethnological Society in 2003 for the book Hrvatsko, seljačko, starinsko i domaće: Povijest i etnografija javne prakse narodne glazbe u Hrvatskoj (Croatian, peasant, old and local: History and ethnography of the public practice of folk music in Croatia). In addition to this she has published in many languages, well in excess of 100 journal papers. She has been the serving representative of ICTM at UNESCO since 2012 and is an expert member of the various policy focused committees for the Croatian government as well as appearing on television on numerous occasions to provide expert opinion on traditional music and cultural heritage. We are delighted to host her at Newcastle where she will present our keynote lecture on the theme of ‘ethnomusicology and policy’.