The British Forum for Ethnomusicology is delighted to announce that Barley Norton (Goldsmiths College) has agreed to be the next BFE Chair.
It gives us great pleasure to announce the winner of the 2014 British Forum for Ethnomusicology Book Prize:
Novak, David. Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013.
The BFE Book Prize recognizes outstanding scholarship in ethnomusicology written in English. This prestigious award was presented at the BFE Annual General Meeting during the BFE annual conference at SOAS (July 2014). We hope that you can join us to congratulate the prize recipient again at the BFE High Tea Party at the SEM conference in Pittsburgh in November.
The BFE book committee (Martin Stokes, Simon Mills, and Hettie Malcomson) worked long and hard during the selection process, and were impressed by the extremely high quality of many of the books. In total, 17 monographs and 9 edited volumes were received, totalling 26 books, published in 2012 or 2013. The books were written by authors from diverse institutional backgrounds on subjects spanning the breadth of the current ethnomusicological field. Over half of these books were published by UK presses, with entries also with Chinese, German and US publishers.
The BFE is grateful to all those who submitted books to this competition and looks forward to future contributions. It especially wishes to thank the three judges who reviewed the submissions:
Martin Stokes (Kings College London)
Simon Mills (Durham University)
Hettie Malcomson, chair (Southampton University)
The British Forum for Ethnomusicology is seeking nominations for the position of ‘Student Liaison’ on the BFE committee.
Dear BFE members (and friends),
Please save the following dates in your diary!
* The BFE committee is excited to announce that our annual conference will be hosted jointly with Société française d'ethnomusicologie in Paris, 2-5 July, 2015.
* Our next one-day conference will be hosted by City University, London, 29 November, 2014. The theme will be ‘ethnomusicology in the urban environment.’
* I look forward to seeing many of you at our joint conference with AAWM at SOAS, July 1-4, by which time, I will be able to share more details of both the 2015 Paris annual and November 2014 London one-day conferences.
The British Forum for Ethnomusicology invites submissions for the new annual BFE Book Prize to recognize outstanding scholarship in ethnomusicology written in English. Both monographs and edited volumes published in 2012 or 2013 will be eligible for the 2014 prize.
The Study Group for Mediterranean Music Studies of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) will hold its 10th Symposium at St John’s College, Cambridge, June 27–29, 2014, on the theme:
Mysticism, Magic, and the Supernatural in Mediterranean Music
This conference seeks to explore the nature of research into the relationship between music, health and wellbeing.
We are delighted to announce that our incoming co-editor for Ethnomusicology Forum will be Professor Jonathan Stock (Head of the Department of Music at University College, Cork). Jonathan's research work will be well known to much of our membership.
David was the BFE/ICTM UK Chairman from 1992-94 and has been a committee member in 1987-2000 and 2011-13. During these periods, he has been Secretary/Treasurer, Publicity Officer, ICTM Liaison and a local BFE conference organiser.
Modernity, Complex Societies, and the Alphorn by Charlotte Vignau provides a fascinating examination of the musical instrument the alphorn, alphorn music and its performance. Indeed, it is the first book about this extraordinary instrument to appear in English.