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We are delighted to publish the programme for the forthcoming British Forum for Ethnomusicology Autumn Conference, ‘Ethnomusicology in 2022 and Beyond’. You can download a PDF document of the programme by visiting the Conference website page and scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

The conference will take place online (via Zoom) on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th November 2021. Registration is free to all. If you haven’t already done so, please register via:

Registration is now open for the 2022 BFE/RMA Research Students' Conference! Delegates attending in person will be able to access all sessions; delegates wishing to only attend online have the option of registering for a single day and attending the online strand on Zoom. To register, please visit: 

Registration is now open for the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Autumn Conference 2021! This conference will be held online (via Zoom) and registration is free. To register, please see:

Zoom links will be sent to registered participants shortly before the conference. For more information please visit our BFE Autumn Conference 2021 web page or contact: (

As part of Ethnomusicology Forum’s ongoing commitment to bringing underrepresented and marginalised voiced into the pages of the journal, the Co-editors are seeking nominations for a small pool of copyeditors who are willing to assist with the copyediting of innovative pieces of research being readied for publication. With funds from the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, these copyeditors will be remunerated at one of two rates: for pieces requiring a ‘standard’ copyedit, we will pay at the rate of £4.80 per 300 words; for pieces requiring a ‘complex’ copyedit, we will pay at the rate of £6.90 per 300 words. We will assign entire manuscripts, which normally range from 8,000 to 10,000 words. Once a copyeditor has agreed to work on the manuscript, we expect the piece to be returned to the Co-editors in three weeks.

To apply, please submit a short cover letter detailing your previous copyediting experience, a two-page CV, and a writing sample of 2000 words. This can be either 2000 words of your own writing or a sample that in some way demonstrates your practice as an editor. Applications should be sent by 1st November 2021 to Alexander Cannon at Please also feel free to send any questions to this email address.


Ethnomusicology Forum solicits applications for a new Co-editor for a three-year term starting in January 2022.

Ethnomusicology Forum is the academic journal of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology published by Taylor & Francis. The current Co-editors Henry Stobart and Alexander Cannon oversee the work the Editorial Team alongside an International Advisory Board. As Henry Stobart nears the end of his term, we seek to appoint a new Co-editor.

The Co-editor appointments are normally for a period of at least three years, which may be extended by mutual consent, and are not remunerated. The Co-editors manage the peer review process for every manuscript received, support authors during the revision process, help curate each issue, and ensure that Taylor & Francis receives a fully edited copy according to the journal’s house style.

The new Co-editor shares editorial responsibilities with Alexander Cannon. They work with book reviews editor Frances Wilkins, media reviews editor Phil Alexander, and editorial assistant Emma Brinkhurst to publish three issues of the journal per year. Each issue contains an editorial co-written by the editorial team, six research articles, and reviews. For any special issues published, the Co-editor assists guest editors with the review and revision process.

The typical workload is the equivalent of 5–8 hours per week throughout the year, though this can fluctuate. There is some degree of flexibility about the timing of work, but the Co-editors must meet copy and production deadlines. The role will commence from January 2022 and will have a 3–6 month handover period as Henry Stobart completes his term.

We solicit Co-editor applications from individuals well-versed in the discipline of ethnomusicology who have editorial experience, a strong research and publication record, and a commitment to serving the sector. Applicants should be aware of current developments in British ethnomusicology and ideally are active members of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology.

For more information about the roles of the Co-editor, please contact Henry Stobart ( or Alexander Cannon ( To apply for the post, please prepare a short 500-word statement in support of the application and a two-page CV. Send both to Alexander Cannon by 15th November 2021.

The School of Society and Culture at the University of Plymouth is delighted to host the BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference from 6th to 8th January 2022. The Call for Proposals deadline is Friday 1 October 23:59 GMT - for further details please visit the Conference event page.

We offer huge congratulations to BFE Member Ross Cole, whose new monograph has just been published! Entitled 'The Folk: Music, Modernity, and the Political Imagination', this compelling work traces the musical culture of folk musicians in Britain and the US during the period of industrialisation from 1870 to 1930, and beyond. The work is published by University of California Press, Oakland and is available to purchase now from the UCP website and Amazon (paperback and Kindle editions).

This year, the BFE will be hosting our own two-day Autumn Conference (12th-13th November 2021, online via Zoom) with the theme 'Ethnomusicology in 2022 and Beyond': to view the Call for Contributions, please visit the BFE Autumn Conference 2021 page of our website. We look forward to welcoming you all to this exciting online event in November!

The BFE Committee is delighted to announce that Dunya Habash (University of Cambridge) has been awarded the 2021 BFE Student Prize for her paper ‘“Do Like You Did in Aleppo”: Negotiating Space and Place Among Syrian Musicians in Istanbul’. The prize recognises an outstanding paper presented by a student at the BFE Annual Conference, this year hosted 8–11 April by Bath Spa University.

The paper explores how Syrian refugee musicians in Istanbul maintain traditions in displacement, re-conceptualising Philip Bohlman’s idea of ‘aesthetic agency’ with respect to refugee music making. It highlights the difficulties of integrating into a new society where spatial, social, material, and economic realities have changed significantly. It is especially concerned with processes of inward, rather than outward, negotiation as refugees come to terms with the musical opportunities and limitations that they encounter in contexts of displacement.

Judges praised the paper for its contribution to studies of music and forced migration, for conveying genuinely new knowledge, and for engaging with debates in several fields. They also commended the compelling presentation and sensitive interpretation of the author’s ethnographic data.

The judges for this year’s competition were Dr Klisala Harrison, Academy of Finland Research Scholar at the University of Helsinki, Dr Andrew Killick, Reader in Ethnomusicology at the University of Sheffield, and Dr Byron Dueck, Senior Lecturer in Music at the Open University. They extend their congratulations to Habash and their thanks to the other entrants for the opportunity to engage with their research.

Dear BFE Members,

We are inviting all members of the BFE to vote on the list of proposed sub-topics below, which will form the basis of the conference’s Call for Papers. We invite you to indicate up to four preferred options from this list:

  • Decolonising Ethnomusicology
  • Ethnomusicology Beyond the Academy
  • Ethnomusicological Discourse Beyond the Anglo-American
  • Ethnomusicology and Education
  • Ethnomusicology, Health and Wellbeing
  • Ethnomusicology and the Human Life Cycle: Children, Family, and the Elderly
  • Ethnomusicology and Privilege
  • Ethnomusicology and Racial (In)Justice

You can cast your vote until 11pm on Wednesday 9 June via this link:

We look forward to hearing your opinions and welcoming you to the conference in November.