Music, Culture and Globalisation

Call for Papers
Annual Conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology 2009
Submission deadline: 30 November 2008

The Annual Conference of the BFE will be held from 16 – 19 April 2009, and hosted by the Popular Music Studies Unit at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. This 4-day conference seeks to generate new perspectives and understandings on the interrelatedness of music, culture and globalisation through stimulating interdisciplinary and intercultural theoretical dialogues, and thereby moving beyond those conceptualisations that are already established in ethnomusicology and other music-related disciplines. To this end, various guest speakers will be engaged to contribute a range of different theoretical perspectives on a more contemporary understanding of music and global culture. The keynote will be delivered by Professor John Tomlinson, Professor of Cultural Sociology and authority on the cultural aspects of the globalisation process.

Submissions are now invited on any aspect of the theme with papers that seek to explore newer issues relating to this subject, including, but by no means limited to, the following: (1) Musical traditions in transformation; (2) Music, place and identity; (3) New centres and peripheries? ; (4) Music, mediation and tourism; (5) New approaches to ethnographic enquiry and research methods. Abstracts (approximately 300 words) for paper presentations lasting 20 minutes should be submitted by 30 November 2008. Film shows and performances may also be proposed, as may pre-formed panels or workshop sessions, for which a longer abstract with named speakers should be submitted (approximately 1,000 words).

The Annual BFE Conference will be held in Liverpool (UK), a buzzing musical city that has just celebrated its 800th birthday in 2007 and continues celebrations as European Capital of Culture 2008. Liverpool is renowned for its vibrant music culture and the Beatles, football, maritime heritage, arts and culture, shopping, and exciting nightlife, and there will be time during the conference to explore its fabulous attractions. There will be a conference dinner and party on Saturday evening, and a themed night and a range of live music performances are also planned.

Detailed information on all aspects of the conference can be found on the
BFE conference website, or obtained directly from Dr
Simone Kr├╝ger, BFE 2009 Conference Organiser.

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