Welcome from Simon McKerrell, Chair of the BFE

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.

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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.

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Thursday evening reception at the 2017 BFE Annual Conference in Sheffield (photo by Kate Walker)


British Forum for Ethnomusicology News

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.

Responsibilities includes:

  • attending 2-3 BFE Committee meetings each year;
  • engaging actively in Committee business
  • contributing to BFE strategies and initiatives
  • staying in email contact with the Committee;
  • take on a specific role (as required) on the Committee

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:

  • Your name
  • Your current position
  • The names of two BFE members, one who has agreed to nominate you and one who has agreed to second the nomination.
  • A statement outlining why you think you are suitable for being a member of the BFE Committee, highlighting relevant skills and experience that you have.

Nominations must be sent by email to the BFE Chair, Barley Norton chairatbfe.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.

Barley Norton

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.

Barley Norton

Chair, British Forum for Ethnomusicology