The 1st Anglo/Celtic Traditional Music Symposium, at NAFCo 2020

The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) conference will be taking place in Limerick in June 2020, and I’m thrilled to announce that I will be collaborating with Simon McKerrell to curate a pre-conference symposium on the traditional music and dance of the Anglo/Celtic world and its peripheries. I’ve pasted below the respective Call for Participants of both events. Each have a deadline of 31st Jan 2020: get submitting!

North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2020

Call for Participants

The Irish World Academy is delighted to announce that the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2020 will be held 24th to 28th June 2020 at the University of Limerick. NAFCo features traditions of fiddle music and dance from countries and communities around the North Atlantic, combining performances, workshops, and sessions, with an academic conference.  This event is a partnership between the University and Limerick City and County Council Arts Office.

As with all NAFCo Conferences, we invite contributions on current/new musical research into fiddle traditions across the world and welcome presentations on any aspect of current research into fiddle music, dance, and closely associated traditions.

The 2020 NAFCo theme is Fiddling and its Frontiers: Transforming Practices and Rethinking Questions

Fiddling, along with its concomitant practices and its scholarship, changes throughout the many different contexts of history, the arts, culture, environment, and social life within it appears. We hope to prompt new research into the processes at work in such transformations and suggest here several areas of investigation. (These are not meant to limit the possibilities)

Rural-Urban performance practicesIn the context of increasing urbanization around the North Atlantic, and the many historical migrations of fiddlers from the countryside to the town, what can we discover today about how these shifts changed fiddle performance and the social life of the fiddle? Is rural fiddling still in good health? How might it be supported in an era of increasing rural depopulation?

The Virtual and the Real: Fiddling has moved decisively into the digital sphere. New possibilities for performance, composition, publication, teaching, and learning contribute to a further breaking away from place-bound geographies and national traditions. How have fiddlers of all stripes been responding to new opportunities that cross this boundary?

Performance as Research: New modes of knowledge production variously named, Practice Research, Practice as Research, Practice Based Research and so on are increasingly being legitimized and pursued in academia. Crossing this boundary (in either direction) is not new in the context of fiddling and its folkloristic and ethnomusicological investigation. Naming this as a distinct approach in its own right is. What possibilities does this approach suggest? What challenges does it pose?

Symposium: Traditional Music and Dance of the Anglo/Celtic World and Its Peripheries

The Conference program will also incorporate a Symposium on the 23rd June 2020 focussing on the academic understanding of Anglo/Celtic traditions of music and dance. These have blossomed and diversified significantly in the last several decades, not least due to the successes of various cultural revivals and revitalizations around the world. Scholarship too has flourished, with recent work re-casting established positions on a host of issues, topics, and currents. Historiographically however, there has been both overt and subtle resistance to the study of Anglo/Celtic music and dance in a variety of scholarly circles and today, there are few spaces where ethnomusicologists and ethnochoreologists with shared interests in Anglo/Celtic music and dance can come together to debate the broad issues that now characterize this expanded field of study. Dr. Simon McKerrell (Newcastle University) and Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps (Sheffield University) will curate this special topic within the framework of the whole event, in collaboration with the academic program and event planning committees. We therefore welcome proposals for papers, roundtables, and workshops on the theme of “Traditional Music and Dance of the Anglo/Celtic World and Its Peripheries”. Lacking a satisfactory term (which we intend to address at this event), we use “Anglo/Celtic” in the broadest and most inclusive sense, including English, Scots, Gaelic, Celtic and related traditions worldwide. Moreover, we wish to encourage new research that explores how these traditions are positioned alongside other forms of music and dance wherever they might occur. More information about this symposium can be found on this page.

PROPOSALS ARE INVITED FOR BOTH PROGRAMS IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING FORMATS

  • Papers
  • Panels
  • Round table discussions
  • ‘Diamond presentations’
  • Films
  • Posters

Presentations should be 20 minutes long with 5-10 minutes for questions.

Panels can involve three or four people presenting around a theme or can involve 6-12 people speaking for a shorter time around a set theme.

Round table discussions can involve shorter presentations of 10-15 minutes each followed by a chaired discussion.

‘Diamond Presentations’ – Individual ‘Diamond Presentations’ are seven minutes long and are organized around 21 slides that are set to advance automatically every 20 seconds. They are free from text and speakers should refrain from reading notes.

Films can either fit into a 20-minute presentation slot or be shown separately as part of the wider convention programming.

Deadline for submissions is 31st January 2020.

To submit to main NAFCo programme, please submit proposals of up to 300 words along with a 100-word biography and contact information by email to Colin.Quigley@ul.ie.

If you wish to submit a proposal for the Symposium focused on the academic understanding and historiography of Anglo/Celtic music and its peripheries, please send an abstract of up to 300 words along with a 100 word biography to angloceltic2020@gmail.com by the 31st January 2020.

All proposals will be anonymously peer reviewed.

 

Launch Event: International Journal of Traditional Arts

Here’s an open invitation to the Launch Event for the new International Journal of Traditional Arts:

Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps and Dr Simon McKerrell are delighted to invite you all to the official launch of the International Journal of Traditional Arts, which will take place at the Society for Ethnomusicology conference in Washington DC on the 12th November 2016.

Venue: Palladium Room, Omni-Shoream Hotel, Washington D.C.

Date & Time: 12th November 8-9pm
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The International Journal of Traditional Arts is an international, peer-reviewed gold open access journal that promotes a broad-ranging understanding of the relevance of traditional arts in contemporary social life. The journal publishes leading and robust scholarship on traditional arts from around the world with a focus on the contemporary policy and practice of traditional music, dance, drama, oral narrative and crafts. We define ‘traditional arts’ as artistic and creative practices that function as a marker of identity for a particular cultural group and that have grown out of their oral tradition or that have been newly created using characteristics derived from oral tradition (although we would also welcome submissions that look to expand such definitions). We are interested in publishing high quality scholarship from ethnomusicology, cultural sociology, anthropology, ethnology, ethnochoreology, cultural policy, folklore, musicology, cultural studies, cultural economics, heritage and tourism studies that focuses upon contemporary policy and practice in the traditional arts.

Any of you who are in Washington DC for the SEM conference, please come along and help us celebrate the launch of this new journal and support this new open access venture!

More information about the Journal (including the inaugural Call for Papers), can be found at:

http://tradartsjournal.org/index.php/ijta

yours sincerely,

Drs. Simon McKerrell (Newcastle University) and Simon Keegan-Phipps (University of Sheffield),
(founding co-editors).

Ethnomusicology Postgraduate Drop-In Afternoon & Online Chat – 28th Oct

University of Sheffield  – Department of Music
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Wednesday 28th October 2015, 2.00-5.00pm

Department of Music

Jessop Building
34 Leavygreave Road
Sheffield
S3 7RD

This will be an opportunity to meet informally with Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps (Director of the MAs in Ethnomusicology and Traditional Music of the British Isles), have a tour of the Department’s facilities, and discuss our postgraduate taught programmes:

* MA Ethnomusicology
And our Distance Learning programmes, recruiting for Autumn 2016:
* MA World Music Studies
* MA Traditional Music of the British Isles.

Lonan O'Briain with his pennywhistleThis will also be an opportunity to find out more about the postgraduate research programmes available in the Department (MMus; MPhil; PhD).

Feel free to drop in to the Department office anytime during the afternoon or, alternatively, chat with Simon online, via Skype (username: simonkeeganphipps) or Twitter (@EthnoMuso, using #SheffieldEthno). You can also contact Simon at s.keegan-phipps@sheffield.ac.uk (tel: +44 (0)114 2220465).

Meanwhile, further information on our postgraduate courses can be found here:

Symposium: Participatory Arts in the Digital Age

27th November 2015, 10am – 5pm
University of Sheffield,
The Engineering Faculty Boardroom, Mappin Building, S1 3JD

The first in a series of research events from Digital Folk – a two year research project that examines the ways in which folk arts participants use digital resources.

Marking the mid-way point of this AHRC-funded project, this symposium will explore
how digital media and technologies have IMG_0916affected the ways in which people
experience and engage with participatory arts. Delegates will be invited to question the ways in which – and the extent to which – the establishment of the digital era has transformed and/or conserved  vernacular creative practices across forms such as music, dance and theatre. We will consider how and whether the involvement of digital technologies in these contexts have led to (e.g.):

  • the innovation of co-creative techniques;
  • access to/attraction of new participants;
  • the generation of new meanings;
  • other transformations, disruptions and changes;
  • the consolidation of pre-digital practices and communities.

Speakers will include:

  • David Gauntlett (University of Westminster – Media, Art and Design)
  • George McKay (University of East Anglia – Media Studies)
  • Sita Popat (University of Leeds – School of Performance and Cultural Industries)
  • Kerry Schaefer (University of Exeter – Drama)
  • Henry Stobart (Royal Holloway – Music)

Chair: Simon Keegan-Phipps (University of Sheffield)
Discussant: Nikki Dibben (University of Sheffield)
Event Organiser: Cinzia Yates (University of Sheffield)

The event is free, but places are limited, so please sign up at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-folk-symposium-27-nov-2015-tickets-18778516047

The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and hosted by the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the University of Westminster. More information can be found at  www.digitalfolk.org

Contacts:

Simon Keegan-Phipps (Principal Investigator): s.keegan-phipps@sheffield.ac.uk
Cinzia Yates (Research Associate): c.yates@sheffield.ac.uk
David Gauntlett (Co-Investigator): d.gauntlett@westminster.ac.uk

Follow us on:
Twitter: @DigitalFolkProj
Facebook: /DigitalFolkProj

Digital Folk

Ethnomusicology Postgraduate Drop-In Afternoon, 20th May 2015

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Sheffield University – Department of Music 

Ethnomusicology Postgraduate Drop-In Afternoon

 
Wednesday 20th May 2015, 2.00-5.00pm

Department of Music
Jessop Building
34 Leavygreave Road
Sheffield
S3 7RD

An opportunity to meet informally with Dr Andrew Killick (Director of the MAs in Ethnomusicology and Traditional Music of the British Isles), have a tour of the Department’s facilities, and discuss our postgraduate taught programmes:

* MA Ethnomusicology
And our Distance Learning programmes, recruiting for Autumn 2016:
* MA World Music Studies
* MA Traditional Music of the British Isles.

This will also be an opportunity to find out more about the postgraduate research programmes available in the Department (MMus; MPhil; PhD).

Feel free to drop in to the Department office anytime during the afternoon or, alternatively, contact Andrew Killick at a.killick@sheffield.ac.uk (tel: 0114 2220460).

Meanwhile, further information on our postgraduate courses can be found here:

Department of Music: Postgraduate Open Evening –Thursday 12 February, 17.30-19.30

Our Open Evening will provide an excellent opportunity to find out more about our courses, meet our staff, have a tour of the Department’s facilities, and discuss our postgraduate taught programmes:

* MA in Ethnomusicology
* MA (Distance Learning) in World Music Studies
* MA (Distance Learning) in Traditional Music of the British Isles.
* MA in Musicology
* MA in Composition
* MA in Music Management
* MA in Music Performance
* MA in Psychology of Music
* MA (Distance Learning) in Music Psychology in Education
* MA (Distance Learning) in Psychology for Musicians
* MA (Onsite or Distance Learning) in Sonic Arts

This will also be an opportunity to find out more about the postgraduate research programmes available in the department (MMus; MPhil; PhD).

If you wish to attend the Postgraduate Open Evening please sign up via the following link:

https://docs.google.com/a/sheffield.ac.uk/forms/d/1n93jmSLGcWJxqLHgk0jgM2uTFRM-JkvRckBR6MVDvYU/viewform

Alternatively, email music@sheffield.ac.uk or phone 0114 2220495 to confirm your attendance.

Meanwhile, further information on our postgraduate courses can be found here:
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/music/prospective_pg