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We are thrilled to share the news that this year's winner of the Rob Schultz Junior Scholar Award is BFE Member and previous BFE Fieldwork Award winner Saeid Kord Mafi (SOAS, University of London). Tabrik migam Saeid!

Saeid has won this prestigious award for his paper "Īqā‘: a Canon to Respect or Break? Rhythm-Making Strategies in Composition and Improvisation in Classical Music of the Arab Mashriq". The winning article was delivered at the AAWM 2018 conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, and will be published in a forthcoming issue of the AAWM journal, with the author also receiving a modest cash award from a memorial fund in Rob's name. 

The Rob Schultz Junior Scholar Award is open to presenters at the biennial AAWM conference who are graduate students, or young scholars (within five years post-graduation). The award was established by the editors and organizers of the AAWM journal and conference series, together with Rob's family, to honour our dear friend and colleague's sudden passing in May 2016.  

We are pleased to announce the films shortlisted for the first Ethnomusicology Film Award, sponsored by the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, as part of the RAI Film Festival 2019.

Ethnomusicology Film Award 2019 shortlist
selected by judges Barley Norton and Felicia Hughes-Freeland

Ballad for Syria (dir. Eda Elif Tibet & Maisa Al Hafez)
Ballad on the Shore (dir. Chi-hang Ma)
Be’Jam Be, the Never Ending Song (dir. Cyprien Ponson & Caroline Parietti)
Cantadoras. Musical Memories of Life and Death in Colombia (dir. María Fernanda Carrillo Sánchez)
La Forma del Mundo (dir. David Delgado San Ginés)
Up Down & Sideways (dir. Anushka Meenakshi & Iswar Srikuma)

The winner of the Ethnomusicology Film Award will be announced in two weeks and will be screened at the RAI Film Festival 2019.
anthropology / ethnography / archaeology
27-30 March 2019
Watershed (Bristol, UK)
(until 31 January 2019)

Please respond by 1 July 2019 

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) invites expressions of interest from institutions interested in hosting the BFE Annual and One-Day Conferences in 2020 and 2021.

Annual Conferences 2021

BFE Annual Conferences run for four days (from Thursday to Sunday) and are usually held in April during the Easter vacation period. Annual Conferences typically have a theme, although delegates may present research on any subject of interest to ethnomusicologists.

A summary of past Annual Conferences can be found at The Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen will host the 2019 gathering on ‘Collaborative Ethnomusicology’; and Bath Spa University will host the 2020 gathering.

One-Day Conferences 2020

BFE One-Day Conferences are usually held on Saturdays in November (although late October and early December are also possibilities). They are more narrowly themed than Annual Conferences and focus on specific, sometimes emerging, areas of ethnomusicologicial enquiry. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

A summary of past One-Day Conferences can be found at The 2019 conference is hoped to be a collaboration between the BFE and SFE, to be held at City, University of London.

Expressing Interest

For further information or informal conversations about the possibility of hosting these conferences, please contact Matthew Machin-Autenrieth at (in relation to the annual conference) and Stephen Wilford at (in relation to the one-day conference). We would be happy to meet to discuss hosting during the forthcoming Annual Conference at the University of Aberdeen.

To express interest, please send no more than one side of paper outlining

• a proposed theme (in the case of the One-Day Conference);

• who will be responsible for planning the event;
• the advantages of hosting it at your institution.


Registration has now opened for the upcoming BFE/RMA Research Students' Conference, which will be held at the University of Sheffield from 10-12 January 2019. The Conference Programme has also been published online, with both programme and registration details now being available via the conference website:

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

We are delighted to share the news that BFE Member Dr. Moshe Morad and Dr. Amalia Ran’s edited volume “Mazal Tov Amigos! Jews and Popular Music in the Americas”, has won at SEM this year’s inaugural Jewish Music Special Interest Group Paper Prize. Addressing the winners, Prof. Michael Figueroa, Associate Director, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced:

“The award committee felt that your work deserved the prize for a number of reasons, not least because of the many ways it pushes the field of Jewish music studies to engage with the conceptual frameworks offered by hemispheric studies. The diversity of case studies and scholarly voices included in the book are especially notable. We are grateful for your contribution to Jewish music studies. Thank you for sharing your intellectual and your label with the Jewish music studies community.”

Dr. Michael Figouera presenting the Jewish Music Studies SIG award to Dr. Moshe Morad at SEM 2018 in Albuquerque.

Following an Open Call for applications, the BFE is delighted to announce that Dr Henry Stobart will become the new co-editor for our flagship academic journal Ethnomusicology Forum (EF), which is published by Taylor & Francis. Henry will work alongside co-editor Dr Shzr Ee Tan, and he has released the following statement about his incoming editorship:

“I will be delighted to replace Abigail Wood in 2019 as co-editor, together with Shzr Ee Tan, of Ethnomusicology Forum. My connection with this very fine journal goes back a long way. It was in 1994 that my first ever journal article was published in the third issue of the British Journal of Ethnomusicology. In those days, only a single issue of the journal was published each year. In 2004 the journal was renamed Ethnomusicology Forum, and two issues began to be published annually (rising to three in 2008). This reflected the journal’s increasing global reach, alongside the dramatic expansion of ethnomusicology in the UK.  Such growth in the journal’s frequency is, admittedly, daunting from an incoming editor’s perspective, as is the long line of excellent and often very innovative former editors. But the progressive and interdisciplinary approach of the journal is also inspiring, and a tradition to which I look forward to contributing. The ‘ethnomusicology’ in its title (despite, or maybe because of, all the problems surrounding this term) continues to challenge us and make this an ongoing project. This is an area of scholarship in which we cannot possibly sit back smugly and feel we have constructed a safe and secure disciplinary citadel, or have the possibility of some kind of analytical closure. Looked at another way, maybe we are just engaging with what goes on in the broader world around us, and inevitably this will continue to keep us on our toes…

“My former editing and co-editing experience is mainly with books. This includes the interdisciplinary volume Sound (Cambridge University Press, 2000) edited with Patricia Kruth, and the collection Knowledge and Learning in the Andes: ethnographic perspectives (Liverpool University Press, 2002) with Rosaleen Howard. More familiar to ethnomusicologists are probably my edited volume The New (Ethno)musicologies (Scarecrow, 2008), and the recent volume Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media (University of Rochester Press, 2017), edited with Thomas Hilder and Shzr Ee Tan. I’m also currently guest editor, together with Michelle Bigenho and Richard Mújica, of a special issue of the online journal Transcultural Music Review, focused on heritage making in Latin America. This journal, which includes articles in English, Spanish and Portuguese, which has covered many very interesting and critically engaged themes is often surprising unfamiliar in Anglophone circles.”

Henry will take up the editorial post in January 2019 when the current co-editor, Dr Abigail Wood, completes her term of office. The BFE would like to publicly thank Abigail for her tremendous work on the journal over the past three years, and we send her our very best wishes in all future endeavours. Article submissions to Ethnomusicology Forum can be made via the journal website:

Members of the BFE will be delighted to know that one of our members, Dr Stephen Millar has been showcased on the Leverhulme website for his Early Career Fellowship at Cardiff with Prof. John Morgan O’Connell. It is great to see ethnomusicology receiving high quality research funding from as prestigious a UK funder as Leverhulme. If any other members have similar news stories please get in touch to let others know at

We are pleased to announce the opening of the 2019 BFE Fieldwork Grants scheme (open from 1st Nov). The BFE Fieldwork Grants are intended to support doctoral candidates conducting ethnomusicological field research in the UK and abroad through making a contribution towards the costs of travel and subsistence. Up to 3 grants collectively totalling up to £1500 will be awarded for the 2019 scheme. For further details on the award and guidance on how to apply, please visit the BFE Fieldwork Grants Scheme page of the BFE website. Good luck!

The draft programme for the BFE One-Day Conference 2018 at Keele University is now available to view and download from the BFE website conference page (here) and from the BFE One-Day Conference 2018 website (here). Registration is open, and bookings can be made through the Keele University website estore using the link provided below:

We look forward to welcoming you to Keele!