BFE Student Prize 2011 to Emma Brinkhurst

This BFE Student Prize is offered for the best student paper presented at the BFE annual conference, 2011. This year’s prize is awarded to Emma Brinkhurst, currently writing up her PhD thesis in ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths, University of London, for her paper "‘Natural frequencies’: poetic mediation in the Somali community of London’s King’s Cross." The judges were impressed by many aspects of Emma’s paper. They found Emma’s writing to be evocative and engaging and her paper clearly researched and structured. She presented some innovative ideas about the nature of musical and poetic mediation in a vivid and sophisticated manner. All judges were impressed with her creative interweaving of insightful interpretations of fieldwork data with relevant theoretical concepts, which were convincingly interrogated. Congratulations, Emma, on this award!