The British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) aims to advance the study of musical life in its full richness and diversity.
We provide a forum for engaging in debate and sharing the findings of research through our many conferences and study days and through the publication of our journal Ethnomusicology Forum, in association with Routledge.
We offer awards to recognize outstanding scholarship, including the BFE Book Prize and grants and prizes for student members.
If you would like to keep in touch with BFE news, activities and events please join our email list and follow our social media site.
Membership is open to anyone interested in the study of music and dance from all parts of the world. If you are interested in becoming a BFE member please click here for information about the benefits of membership.
Thanks for visiting our website and please contact us if you would like to know more.
Thursday evening reception at the 2017 BFE Annual Conference in Sheffield (photo by Kate Walker)
BFE Fieldwork Grants
The British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 Fieldwork Grant scheme.
Purpose of the Grants
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 2017 scheme.
The BFE Fieldwork Grants scheme is open to all students enrolled on a PhD programme at a university in the UK who are conducting ethnomusicological research. Please note that applicants must have renewed their student membership for 2017 in order to be eligible to apply. If you have not renewed your membership yet then please do so on the bfe website. Only one application per person is permitted and fieldwork must start during 2017.
The criteria of evaluation are: the quality, originality and significance of the research and its potential contribution to ethnomusicological knowledge, theory and debate; the feasibility and importance of the fieldwork for achieving the stated research aims and outcomes; the need of the applicant, i.e. the likelihood of the applicant being unable to obtain fieldwork funding from other sources. There is no preference for particular geographical areas or topics.
Applications must be made online through the BFE website. To make an application, go to BFE Fieldwork Grants Scheme page on the BFE website. There you will find a link to the BFE Fieldwork Grant Application Form where you will need to upload the following materials:
Please note that in order to access the online BFE Fieldwork Grant Application Form you must have renewed your membership for 2017 and be logged-in to your account on the BFE website. If you have any difficulties with the online submission please email Morgan Davies at adminbfe.org.uk
Application Deadline and Decision Notification
Applications must be submitted by email by the end of Friday 18 November 2016. Applications will be evaluated by a BFE panel and applicants will be informed of the outcome of the awards by Monday 12 December 2016. The decision of the panel is final, and the BFE regrets that it is unable to provide feedback on applications and decisions made by the panel.
Payment of Grants for Successful Applications
Successful applicants must liaise with the BFE Treasurer (bfetreasurergmail.com) before grants are disbursed. Payment will be made via bank transfer.
Successful applicants are requested to submit a short fieldwork report – up to 500 words in length, accompanied by other media materials if appropriate – within 3 months after the completion of the fieldwork. Fieldwork reports are likely to be made public on the BFE website, social media etc. Grant awardees may also be requested to do a short presentation about their fieldwork at BFE meetings such as the AGM. Any publications resulting from the fieldwork should acknowledge receipt of a BFE Fieldwork Grant.
Following the recent call for nominations to the BFE Committee, Fiorella Montero-Diaz (Keele University) and Simon McKerrell (Newcastle University) were nominated for election. Two vacancies on the Committee became available due to Amanda Villepastour and Noel Lobley stepping down, so the Committee is delighted to announce that both Fiorella and Simon are deemed to have been elected to the committee for 3-year terms.
Both Fiorella and Simon have agreed to take on new roles on the Committee. Fiorella will be the Development and Strategy Officer, helping the BFE to grow by designing strategies to boost membership and by promoting dialogue and events, which bring together the diverse BFE membership. Simon will be the External Relations Officer, with responsibility for collaborating with other institutions, and for promoting ethnomusicology and the BFE across the British Isles and Ireland.
In addition, Jonathan Stock, the Ethnomusicology Forum Representative has also stepped down from the Committee. The new EF Representative on the Committee is the incoming co-editor of Ethnomusicology Forum, Shzr Ee Tan (Royal Holloway).
A warm welcome to the new members of the Committee, Fiorella, Simon and Shzr Ee, and sincere thanks to the outgoing committee members, Amanda, Jonathan and Noel. Amanda worked tirelessly for the BFE before, during and after her tenure as Chair; Jonathan has made an important contribution to the Committee while also being co-editor of Ethnomusicology Forum; and Noel has done a great deal for the Committee over many years, especially in relation to BFE conferences and study days. Thanks again to you all for your service to the BFE.
Finally, I’m extremely pleased to announce that Morgan Davies has been appointed as the new BFE Administrator. As well as working for the BFE, Morgan is a sāraṅgī performer and recently submitted his PhD thesis on Western Rajasthani folk music. Morgan replaces Fiorella, who did an incredible job. During her tenure as the Administrator for nearly 3 years, Fiorella was the driving force behind many significant developments for the BFE. So, many thanks to Fiorella and welcome to the BFE team Morgan.
Dear BFE members,
The British Forum for Ethnomusicology seeks nominations for election to BFE Committee.
We are looking for a committed committee member who will make an important contribution to the running of the BFE. A specific role for the new committee member will be agreed by the Committee after the election is completed.
In order to stand for election you must be nominated by a BFE member (other than yourself) and your nomination must also be seconded by a second BFE member.
If you wish to stand you must send a proposal of no more than a single side of A4, which will be forwarded to the BFE membership prior to voting, and includes:
Nominations must be sent by email to the BFE Chair, Barley Norton chairbfe.org.uk by the end of Monday 3 October 2016.
Online voting will take place from Monday 10 October to Monday 17 October and results will be announced after the online voting is completed.
Chair, British Forum for Ethnomusicology
Ethnomusicology Forum is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Shzr Ee Tan as incoming co-editor. Shzr Ee is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the Music Department of Royal Holloway, University of London. She is interested in music, gender, politics and im/migration, particularly in scenes of the Sinophone world, Southeast Asia and London.
Shzr Ee will begin work in October 2016 and take up the role fully from January 2017 replacing Professor Jonathan Stock who steps down after three years as co-editor. Our sincerest thanks go to Jonathan for all the work he has done for the journal. From January 2017 the editorial team will be Abigail Wood and Shzr Ee Tan as co-editors with Lonán Ó Briain as reviews editor.
Please continue to send in your articles for publication in Ethnomusicology Forum. Guidelines for the submission of articles can be found at http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=remf20&page=instructions#.VbZk-fm6fIU. Articles should be submitted via ScholarOne at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/remf.
Older news are in news archive.