Congratulations to David Kaminsky whose article, “Gender and Sexuality in the Polska: Swedish Couple Dancing and the Challenge of Egalitarian Flirtation” in Ethnomusicology Forum 20(2), August 2011, pp. 123–52 has been given the Marcia Herndon award for 2012 by the Society for Ethnomusicology.
Emma Brinkhurst has recently completed her PhD thesis, entitled “Music, Memory and Belonging: Oral Tradition and Archival Engagement Among the Somali Community of London’s King’s Cross”.
The Digital Children’s Folksongs for Language and Cultural Learning (Folk DC) project is a European Union project designed to motivate young language learners to engage with language learning through using Folk songs, and activities around the songs.
Canadian ethnomusicologist, Michael Marcuzzi, died in September after a long battle with cancer.
The Austronesian-speaking Sama peoplese make up one of the most widespread cultural groups within the Southeast Asian island world. The so-called sea-nomadic Sama Dilaut, part of the linguistic sub-group of the Sama-Bajau, form a very distinct community both socially and culturally.
This special issue includes contributions by prominent music researchers based in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia.
The Essex University based project The Angolan Roots of Capoeira: Transatlantic links of a Globalised Performing Art has started a crowd funding campaign to raise money for the completion of the feature-length documentary film. It runs until 17th January 2013.
David Hughes (SOAS, University of London) is the recipient of the 2011 Japan Society Award, for "outstanding contributions to Anglo-Japanese relations and understanding" through his long-term "significant contribution to knowledge and understanding of varied Japanese musical traditions and practi
Martin Stokes was awarded the Merriam Prize by the Society for Ethnomusicology at its meeting in Philadelphia this year for “The Republic of Love: Cultural Intimacy and Turkish Popular Music” (University of Chicago Press 2010).
Frances Wilkins, Visiting Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Scottish Music at the University of Aberdeen, is currently undertaking a fieldwork trip to the James Bay area in (cold) Canada.