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.

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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.

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

 

British Forum for Ethnomusicology News

The BFE committee invites applications for a new co-editor for Ethnomusicology Forum (EF).

 

Role of Co-editor

EF is the academic journal of the BFE, published by Taylor & Francis. Each yearly volume has 3 issues, of which at least one is a Special Issue with a specific focus, curated by a guest editor. Each issue has around 168 pages and contains 5-7 articles plus a range of reviews. For the BFE, this output is produced and managed by two co-editors, a Reviews editor and an administrative assistant. There is an International Advisory Board with 24 members who offer advice to the editors and are kept informed of developments in EF.

The editorial appointment is normally for a period of at least 3 years and may be extended by mutual consent and is unpaid. Working with the current co-editor, Abigail Wood, and liaising with the reviews editor (Lonán Ó Briain) and Editorial Assistant (Emma Brinkhurst), the new co-editor will share the workload of reading submissions, proposing reviewers, advising guest editors and producing fully edited copy according to the designated house style for online submission to T&F. The journal is currently in a strong condition, and we anticipate new development over the years ahead as the relationship between print and online publishing evolves and issues of Open Access are addressed. The typical workload is the equivalent of 6–10 hours per week throughout the year. There is some degree of flexibility about the timing of work but also copy and production deadlines that need to be met in order to maintain academic credibility. The role will commence from October 2016 and will have a handover period until the end of 2016 as the current co-editor, Jonathan Stock, completes his term of office.

 

Skills and attributes required by the co-editor:

·         High standard of written English and the ability to edit consistently to house style.

·         Engagement with the academic community in ethnomusicology worldwide, with knowledge of current issues and the ability to identify future possibilities.

·         Ability to offer considered advice in support of authors to improve the academic standard and communication of their writing and to make decisions about the acceptability of submissions for the aims and scope of EF.

·         Ability to work online using MSWord and other software to comment, edit, insert symbols and diacriticals in Unicode, format and submit work.

·         Good interpersonal skills in communicating with authors, reviewers, the Advisory Board and T&F staff.

 

Expressions of interest for the above role are invited. If you are interested in the role, you are encouraged to informally contact either of the current co-editors Abigail Wood (avigail.woodatgmail.com) and Jonathan Stock (J.Stockatucc.ie).

Formal letters of application should be sent by email to B.Nortonatgold.ac.uk by 27 June, 2016. Your letter should state why you are interested in the role, and your relevant skills and experience. It should of course also contain your contact details.  

We aim to make a decision as soon as possible and may wish to arrange interviews with candidates by telephone or Skype.

 

Barley Norton

Chair, British Forum for Ethnomusicology

 

 

 

Submissions are invited for the BFE Student Prize that is awarded annually for the best student paper presented at the BFE annual conference. All students who presented papers at the BFE conference at the University of Kent (14-17 April 2016) are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration. Only papers from students who are BFE members are eligible. This initiative is designed to support and recognise the work of student members of our scholarly community.
The papers will be reviewed by a BFE subcommittee.

Please note that your paper should not be significantly revised prior to submission. The text should be as for your 20-minute presentation. Please do not submit a longer version of your paper as submissions that are clearly over length will be disregarded.
If it is important for audio or audiovisual materials to be considered with the text of your paper, please include web links to these materials (on youtube, vimeo etc.), along with any necessary passwords to access links if they are private.

Papers should be sent (as a Word or RTF attachment) to b.nortonatgold.ac.uk The deadline for submissions is midnight Friday 13 May 2016 and the result will be announced by July.

We look forward to reading your paper.

Barley Norton

Chair, British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE)

 

 

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology is delighted to announce that Liam Barnard (Ph.D candidate at Kent University) has been elected as our incoming Student Liaison (2016-2018). On behalf of our membership, we offer warm congratulations to Liam. We thank Lyndsey Hoh for her service as Student Liaison on the BFE committee (2014-2016). We wish her the very best for her future professional ethnomusicological ventures.

We are also delighted to announce that Steve Wilford (Ph.D candidate at City University) has been elected as our incoming Conference Liaison Assistant and Andrew Killick (Sheffield University) will join the BFE Committee as our forthcoming Annual Conference organiser. Congratulations Steve and Andrew! 

Our sincere thanks goes to Amanda Villepastour and Hettie Malcomson, who will be stepping down this year as their terms conclude. Thank you for all your hard work and support.

 

 

 

Exciting news! As part of implementation of a new and comprehensive integrated website and membership system to be rolled out in stages, we need to migrate the website.  This starts from Wednesday the 24th of February, and although the website will be back very shortly, there will be temporary inconvenience for users who want to log in to the Members section. Please accept our apologies, we will be communicating further to keep you informed of the progress. This move will bring substantial long-term benefits both for the organisation and the membership. 

 

 

2016 BFE Committee Elections – Student Liaison

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology is seeking nominations for the position of ‘Student Liaison’ on the BFE committee. This is an important position in the organisation, providing a valuable link to our student membership while offering significant professional experience to the successful candidate.

It is expected that you are a current BFE member, a graduate student resident in the U.K. (preferably undertaking a PhD), and that your term will last for two years from April 2016.

In order to stand for election you must be nominated by a BFE member (other than yourself) and your nomination must also be seconded by another BFE member.

Responsibilities include:

  • attending 2-3 BFE committee meetings each year;
  • staying in email contact with the committee;
  • liaising between the student membership and the BFE committee;
  • helping to organise the annual BFE/RMA graduate student conference (this involves attending 3 conference committee meetings and the conference itself each year)
  • helping to organise other events;
  • liaising with student representatives from other learned societies;
  • sourcing and updating information on the BFE website about ethnomusicology provision in UK higher education.

The role averages approximately two hours per week, though some times are substantially busier than others. All positions on the BFE committee are on a voluntary basis but related expenses such as travel are paid by the BFE or the local arrangements committee of the BFE/RMA graduate student conference.

If you wish to stand for election you must send a proposal of no more than a single side of A4, which will be forwarded to the BFE membership prior to online voting. The proposal should include:

  • your name;
  • your institution;
  • the names of two BFE members, one who has agreed to nominate you and one who has agreed to second the nomination;
  • a statement outlining why you think you are the right person for the position of ‘Student Liaison.’

It is recommended that applicants not be absent from the country for long periods during the time in post. However, if any significant absences due to fieldwork etc. are foreseen, please provide details of how duties will be carried out during this time. If the liaison is unable to see to responsibilities personally during the term, the appointed student liaison would be expected to find a deputy.

Nominations must be emailed to the BFE Chair, Barley Norton (chairatbfe.org.uk) by midnight on Monday 7 March.

Should you have any enquiries, please email the current Student Liaison, Lyndsey Hoh (Lyndsey.hohatmusic.ox.ac.uk) about the role, or our administrator Fiorella Montero Diaz (adminatbfe.org.uk) regarding the application process.

 

 

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